Apple Releases iTunes 10.3

Following yesterday’s slew of announcements about iOS 5, iCloud and Lion at the WWDC keynote event, Apple has released iTunes 10.3 that includes iTunes in the Cloud for automatic downloading of purchased music, including previously-purchased songs, to multiple devices and other features.

What’s new in iTunes 10.3

Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

• iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

With iTunes 10.3 you can now browse the offerings of the iBookstore on a computer, a task that was previously only possible on an iOS device through the free iBooks app. iBooks purchases still cannot be read on a computer, however, and are only accessible through iBooks on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

On a Mac, iTunes 10.3 requires OS 10.5 or later. On a PC, iTunes 10.3 requires Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 32- or 64-bit versions of Vista or Windows 7 (64-bit versions require a different iTunes installer). iTunes 10.3 can be downloaded from Apple’s site here.