Apple has finally cut the cord between your iPad; iPhone and iPod Touch to your PC or Mac with iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5, that is if you decide to follow it. This is essential if you prefer to keep everything backed up without ever connecting your iDevices to your computer. With the latest iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5, you can Automatically Download your newly purchased Music, Apps and Books as well as on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
You can still connect your iDevices to your PC or Mac to Backup your apps, music and books; the method below is for those who prefer not to sync to iTunes.
You can enable automatic downloads for music, apps and/or books in iTunes as well as on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with iOS 5
How to for iTunes:
If you have more than one iDevices, for example, you have an iPad as well as iPhone and sometimes, you wish that you don’t need to sync the music you just bought using your PC or Mac. Well, with iTunes 10.5 or higher, you can enable it in iTunes.
To sync your newly purchased Apps, Books and/or Music, and you don’t want to sync it with iTunes every time you connect your iDevices, open iTunes Preferences. In Windows, you can do so by going to Edit Menu > Preferences then select Stores and check mark the ones you want to Automatically Download.
If you don’t have the time to sync with iTunes since backing up or transfer purchases takes time every time you connect your iDevices, here’s how to Enable Automatic Downloads. Open iTunes Preferences. In Windows, you can do so by going to Edit Menu > Preferences then select Stores and check mark the ones you want to Automatically Download.
In OS-X, open iTunes and in Preferences, under the iTunes Menu, select Preferences from there. Then select Stores and check mark the ones you want to Automatic Downloads. You have three options: Music, Apps and Books.
You can use this purpose for backing up purposes, in case your iPad gets lost or stolen and you didn’t have the time to back up the newly purchased apps, music or books, you would have to re-download all that.
How to for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch:
For the Devices is actually easier than in iTunes. Go to Settings > Store and in there, switch to ON for either Music or Apps or Both. You can also enable Automatic Downloads while you are not in Wi-Fi range by switching to ON for “Use Cellular Data”. If you have Newstand Content such as New York Times, you can also enable that to automatically download new content.
Whenever you download an app for your iPod Touch lets say, and your other iDevices settings for Automatic Downloads are enabled, then it will automatically download to all the enabled iDevices with your eyes closed.
If you don’t ever want to connect your iDevices to your PC or Mac, and if you have misplaced your iDevices, then you would have to re-download all the apps all over again, unless if you backup your iDevices to iCloud, however, iCloud only gives you 5Gb free space, and the bare minimum for iPhone and iPod Touch storage is 8Gb, 16Gb for iPad. Which means you have to pay extra for that extra convenience.