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Use iTunes in the Cloud

It’s simple to buy digital goods from the iTunes Store, but how do you easily get the stuff you buy on one gadget onto all your computers and iOS devices? That’s where Apple’s confusingly named iTunes in the Cloud service comes in. It acts as an online record-keeper for all the apps, music, and books you buy (and TV Shows, if you’re downloading to a Windows PC or Mac). Once you buy something from the Store, iTunes in the Cloud knows it and can download copies to all the computers and devices that use the same Apple ID. As with many things in the Appleverse (as well as automobiles), you have two ways to copy files across devices: automatic or manual. Here’s how to do either:

  • Automatically download purchases. To have iTunes on your computer automatically download to your iPad a copy of the music, apps, and books you buy on other devices, choose Edit [iTunes] →Preferences→ Store. Under Automatic Downloads, turn on the checkboxes next to Music, Apps, and/or Books; you need to manually download TV shows, which is described next. Click OK.


  

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