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Apple announced updates to its iTunes Store recently, which now includes the option to download movies, movie bundles, music box sets, TV episodes, and Season Passes at a later time, rather than immediately at the time of purchase.

The new “download later” options apply to items purchased on iTunes 11 (Mac or Windows PC versions), or on iOS devices running iOS 6 or later. When you purchase an item it will be added to your iTunes account, followed by a “Download Now?” button giving you the option to download immediately or later. Your purchased content will be accessible for streaming or downloading in the future via your Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud feature.

For example, when purchasing a TV season or Season Pass, you’ll be presented with three options:

  • Clicking the Later button will not download any episodes. You’ll be able to download episodes at any time from iTunes in the Cloud.
  • Clicking the Download All button will download all available episodes.
  • Clicking the Download button will download the earliest unseen episode of the season.

These options are useful for when you purchase media on your mobile device, but want to download it later to your computer. This new ability is similar to renting movies on iTunes, which already offers a “download later” option. Rented content, as opposed to purchased content, has a 24-hour window for watching.

Note that some features related to these options are not available in all countries and do require iTunes in the Cloud support. If your region or country does not have iTunes in the Cloud support, your content will be downloaded at the time of purchase. You can check here whether you country is supported.


Source: Apple via Macworld

  1. John
    April 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

    @J you can pause app downloads just buy the app then exit out of itunes and find the app on your iDevice and touch the app it will then pause the download till your ready.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Good, John, thanks for sharing it.

  2. J
    April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Grrrrr, ok… very cool. Now let me buy an app and download it when I want to. There are many times that I see an app at a good price, or free, and I want to get it before the price increases. But I don't want to download it on the Mac that I am currently on.

    • macwitty
      April 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Agree, and when I do not want to download it when using a "expensive" internet connection.

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