Apple Releases iTunes 10.3: Auto Downloads, Books, Previous Purchases

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Apple released iTunes 10.3 late on Monday, bringing several features introduced during Steve Jobs’s World Wide Developer Conference keynote earlier on Monday to Mac (and eventually Windows) users. New features include automatic downloads that push newly purchased iTunes music, iBooks, or apps to your Mac and iOS devices (where appropriate), the ability to (re)download previous iTunes purchases (music, apps, and iBooks), and the ability to (finally) shop for iBooks books through iTunes on your Mac.

iBooks Advertised on iTunes

iTunes landing page now advertises books
(Click the image for a full sized version)

Apple’s patch notes:

  • Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
  • Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
  • iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

New Purchased link in iTunes Navigation

The new “Purchased” link in iTunes 10.3 allows you to manage all your purchases and download anything needed

The screenshot below is of the new Purchased feature. In this case, we’ve highlighted Books and chose the tab to view books “Not In My Library.” In this case, there was one book that had been purchased on an iPad that had not yet been synced to the user’s Mac-based iTunes library. Clicking the cloud icon would allow the book to be brought into iTunes.

Purchased feature in iTunes 10.3

Purchased management in iTunes 10.3

We should also note that there still is no way to actually view iBooks on a Mac or PC. Apple’s terms of service for iTunes were changed to stipulate that though users can sync their books to their iTunes library, they can only be viewed on an iOS device.

The update is a 74MB download for Mac OS X 10.5 or later through Apple’s website. It is not showing up in Software Update as of this writing.

Apple is also showing the 64-bit Windows version of iTunes 10.3 as being available at the Support Downloads site, but clicking through to that link takes you to version 10.2.2 for Windows.

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No wonder I never use itunes or any apple device.  The hell of MobileMe and all the iphone nonsense I see my friends go through just to sync calendars and contacts etc is certainly not worth the hassle of having no qwerty pull out keyboard and phones that break the first time they are dropped.  Wake up apple users and switch to T Mobile and the G2. The more my iphone friends see me using my phone with such ease and not having to worry about ever synching anything the more they regret getting an iphone.  One lost phone and one that went swimming in the last two months and have lost nothing, just got a new phone and was on my way in 2 minutes


One lost phone and one that went swimming in the last two months and have lost nothing, just got a new phone and was on my way in 2 minutes

exactly as you could have done with any iphone out there, since you know there those little things called backups! and thwy will be in the cloud with iOS5. COMPLETE BACKUP, not just contacts…

Laurie Fleming

“Who’s that trip-trip-tripping over my bridge?” said Louise the Troll. “Ah, the Three Billy Goats Gruff with their stupid iPhones.”

The Three Billy Goats Gruff saw the scary troll, and quickly made voice calls and video calls, sent text messages on their iPhones to summon their numerous friends, who called their numerous friends, and soon there was a whole army of Billy Goats Gruff descending from the Cloud.

Louise the Troll had forgotten that she had been sitting in the water so long that her phone was useless, and she didn’t have any friends anyway. So the army of Billy Goats Gruff chased her off and Louise the Troll was never seen or heard from again.

Snip, snap, snout,
This tale’s told out.


But I didn’t have to go to mobile me or jack with anything. Everything was automatically fully backed up without having to do anything.  Mobile Me is a pain. Iphones r for people who can’t do anything without another freaking ap. cry babies u r being conned by the great apple pr machine.  But then macs have always been for those who can’t do much of anything but look at pretty colorsisn


‘Nuf said mac babies.

Ref Librarian

Louise, if you were really happy with what you have you wouldn’t feel the need to try to convince people who are also happy with what they have to change to your device, whatever it it. You would just be glad that they are as satisfied as you are and go on your merry way. Instead, you seem to be bitter that other people own a different brand of device and they are satisfied with it.

Really, this isn’t something that you need to get your panties into a twist over. Save that for something that really matters, okay?

Ref Librarian

As has been said many time by people who own Apple devices, we are happy to have competition. Apple spurred on the creation of Android, to compete with it. Apple will now improve because there are other companies out there will good ideas that can give Apple ideas of what to do next. And Android will improve because Apple does. It is a win-win situation for the consumer.


Jeez louise, what a troll.


Probably not on Software Update because it’s Beta at this point.


There is no indication that this is a beta release.


?Nuf said mac babies.

Android was working on a BB clone until iPhone came out upon which they had to go back to the drawing board and build and iPhone clone instead.  So any article that would attempt to list what Android borrowed from iOS would be too long to be publishable.  Nuf said.

Lee Dronick

New terms of service at the iTunes Store as well. I think because they added the iBookstore feature, but there may be other changes.


No previously purchased “Music” in Canada, only “Apps” and “Books”. :(

Stupid archaic music labels… grrr… I’ve got an iPhone, iMac, MBP, and two iPads (one for me, one for kids) and have to wait because I live in Canada.


Sad that one can’t block unregistered tolls. Just as sad is that this site doesn’t delete their irrelevant comments.


No previously purchased ?Music? in Canada, only ?Apps? and ?Books?.

Stupid archaic music labels? grrr? I?ve got an iPhone, iMac, MBP, and two iPads (one for me, one for kids) and have to wait because I live in Canada.

Same here in Australia. No Music. Grrr. Let’s find a music company exec and hang him/her by their toes over a large active volcano until they call uncle!

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