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Using iTunes in the cloud

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And here we are on my iPad. So, let's see how this works. I'll tap on iTunes, and I'll tap on the Purchase button at the bottom of the screen. And you see that I have three options, much like I did on my Mac in iTunes, and as I would on a PC. So I have Music, Movies, and TV Shows. Now, the one difference here is that you have an All, and a Not on This iPad button. Now, if you were using an iPhone, or an iPod touch, the name of this button would differ to reflect the name of your device. Same idea here, so let's go to Music, I'll choose Barenaked Ladies, and it shows me the couple of tracks that I have by this group.

Using iTunes in the cloud

And here we are on my iPad. So, let's see how this works. I'll tap on iTunes, and I'll tap on the Purchase button at the bottom of the screen. And you see that I have three options, much like I did on my Mac in iTunes, and as I would on a PC. So I have Music, Movies, and TV Shows. Now, the one difference here is that you have an All, and a Not on This iPad button. Now, if you were using an iPhone, or an iPod touch, the name of this button would differ to reflect the name of your device. Same idea here, so let's go to Music, I'll choose Barenaked Ladies, and it shows me the couple of tracks that I have by this group.

Now, I can download one track if I want simply by tapping on the Download button, or I can download both of their tracks just by tapping on Download All Barenaked Ladies Songs, so I tap that. Notice that a Downloads button appears at the bottom of the screen. I tap on it, and then I can look at the progress of these tracks downloading. Now, let's go back to the home screen, and then go to the Music app, and you see here are those two tracks. Now let's go back to iTunes, and back to Purchase. Note that if you want to re-download some content, you don't have to use Purchase; you can actually search for it.

So I'll tap on the Search field, and I'll enter tintin, tap on adventures of tintin, and I'll tap on the movie title. Now, note that I don't see a price for this movie, and the reason I don't is because I've already purchased it, and iTunes knows that. So instead, it presents a Download button. If I want to download this media, all I have to do is tap on that Download button. I don't want to do that right now, so I'll tap on Done. So this is good for music and videos, but what about apps? Well, let's go to the App Store, and find out. At the bottom of the screen, there is a Purchase button. I'll tap that, and here are my Purchased apps.

In this case, I'm going to download the podcast app, and you see a Progress Bar within the icon, as well as the button that has changed to Installing. And now if I go back to the home screen, I can see on the home screen that it's loading there as well, and it's downloaded. Notice the little new banner that appears. This tells me that this app is new to my iPad, even though I may have purchased it in the past. But what about eBooks? Well, let's go to iBooks, and here are my books. Notice that some of them have a little cloud icon with an arrow in it; that indicates that I purchased these books, and they're waiting for me up in the cloud, so that I can download them to my device.

So I'll tap on Jungle Book, I see a progress bar, and that cloud icon has disappeared indicating that the book is on my device. To read it, all I have to do is tap on it, it loads and it's ready for me to read. Note that when I say purchased, I'm using the term loosely. Purchased applies to any media that you've obtained from one of these stores, whether you've paid for it, or if it was free. Now, I should mention a couple of caveats. The first is that if you are using a cellular connection with your iPhone or iPad, there is a 50 megabyte limit on what you can download.

If you try to download something that exceeds that limit over a cellular connection, you'll be told that you must download this content over Wi-Fi. Also, if you are using an Apple TV, you'll find that you can access some of your purchased media as well. However, you can't download this content, which makes sense given that the Apple TV has a very limited storage capacity. Instead, the item you select will stream to your Apple TV over the Internet, and then it will play, and this applies to music, and videos. The Apple TV can't display eBooks, and it won't use apps, and that's the idea behind iTunes in the cloud; retrieving your purchased media wherever you have a broadband connection, and a compatible device.

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