One piece of the iCloud pie: iTunes in the Cloud

iCloud is coming soon. It's been in beta testing for several months, and the rumor mill estimates rollout in the first week or two of October. A misconception I've noticed is that many think iCloud will be one app or just one service. That's not completely untrue, but it's better to think of iCloud as an underlying technology that will reach into just about every app you already use on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It will enhance so much of what you already do. Thankfully, one piece of the iCloud pie is able to be enjoyed right now. For a few weeks, Apple has made available iTunes in the Cloud. Anything you've ever purchased can easily be browsed and re-downloaded to any Apple device. Also, you can set your devices to automatically download purchases you've just made. For example, if I buy Angry Birds on my iPhone, it will simultaneously download to my iPad. Or, if I buy Adele's new album on my Mac, it will automatically download to my iPhone. This is a small, but welcomed feature. To learn more about iTunes in the Cloud and how to enable it on your Mac and iOS devices, click here. Oh, and hopefully it will get you excited for the many more features coming with iCloud.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.