iTunes 11 now available to download

On the face of it, not something directly connected with mobile phones. But if you have an Apple mobile device, the launch of iTunes 11 will have an impact on you.

Apple has been threatening an upgrade for some time, but a promised rollout in October never happened. Just before November is out, it's here, bringing with it an all-new layout, a new icon, a history button to show recent searches and a scrolling animation of recent additions. Browsing albums has also been improved (adding in purchasing recommendations too), with an improved mini player also accessible from the right-hand corner.

You'll see all of that when you download and plug in your phone or tablet. But if you don't plug in, there's another feature you'll notice - new iCloud services.

Media purchases made on one device (your computer, your iPhone or your iPad) will be instantly accessible from iCloud and playable on any other device with iTunes running. On too of that, iCloud will remember where you left off when playing back, resuming at that same point on another device. Very, very useful. Additionally, you can use the new Download button to access an iCloud album locally, so you can playback when offline.

Finally, when you do connect to iTunes with your iPhone or iPad, there is an improved interface. Hover over the capacity gauge and you'll see all the information about the make-up of your device's storage.

All of that is available now, just check for an update and you should be offered iTunes 11 if you already have it installed.

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