Apple Adds 'Download Later' Option to Large Purchases on Mobile iTunes Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has added a new 'download later' prompt to large media purchases made in iTunes or on the mobile iTunes Store, reports Macworld.

    The new prompt appears when purchasing movies, TV shows, TV Season Passes, full TV seasons, movie bundles, and music box sets.
    The prompt only appears for users in countries that support iTunes in the Cloud for the type of media they are purchasing.

    Article Link: Apple Adds 'Download Later' Option to Large Purchases on Mobile iTunes Store
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Omaha, Nebraska
    It would be nice if this worked on large app purchases as well. Sometimes I try download an app when it's on sale but if its too large I have to remember to download it later.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Wow, not seeing any problem with this. Good move Apple
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
  5. aniltotalk, Apr 22, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2013
    That's a nice addition

    I always kinda wanted this feature.. espicially when there is sale on gaming apps.. and I am not on Wifi.... It should have been there always... yeah..:D

    Oops.. I spoke it early.. not applicable on apps.. damn
  6. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    FINALLY. Been waiting for this ever since movies and TV shows became available on iCloud. I even sent Apple feedback for this feature numerous times. I no longer store any of copies (except for iTunes Extras) on my local storage anymore since everything went iCloud and it's such a complete waste of bandwidth to force users to download items right after purchase. It's all about streaming now.

    Thank you, Apple. Next: add iTunes movies/TV shows streaming to iOS!


    I forgot about the apps "...over 50MB" issue over cellular. I know exactly how you feel. Yet another good reason to have this feature!

    Edit: Nevermind, i quoted you too early as well lol. Well, hopefully they extend this to apps soon then.
  7. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I hope this will allow the purchase of iPad apps on an iPhone. I get told about apparently great apps while out and about and have my iPhone on me, but forget about them before getting back to my iPad.
  9. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Hong Kong
  10. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    It would be nice to add this functionality to apps! I don't have WiFi access at work, but if I see an app >50MB that I want to install from work, I have to wait. Even though I have an unlimited data plan! Ugh... :mad:
  11. macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    Very excited for this, BUT I want it for apps too!

    I hate when I'm out and about (or roaming) and see a $9.99 app on-sale for 99 cents, but I can't get it since it's too big.

    (Or it's an iPad app and I'm on my iPhone).

  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    Does this mean I can now just stream content without ever having to download it? I've bought a lot of movies and tv shows and the hd versions really eat into your hard drive space so not having to download a hd tv series and just stream it instead would be a tremendous benefit.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    Its a about time! A great feature. I am going to look forward to this during areas with bad wifi coverage.
  14. macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011

    Just last week I had to contact iTunes Store support to clear my download queue because I did not want to download entire 200Gb of certain TV show in HD...
  15. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004

    I was Netflix had something similar, "watch later", kind of a list of things you find while browsing but don't intend to watch right away.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    This is great!

    However, an even better addition to this is as others have stated above:

    Include large Apps and the Ability to purchase/download later Apps for the iPad.

    Also would be nice to include "WISHLIST" feature. There are many times when I see a cool app and might want to purchase but not at that moment...or want to review later. Apps for kids that look GREAT but think "my son is too young now" I could buy now and hope in a few years he is still into it or just wait—and FORGET about it and thus no purchase.
  17. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    iThink this is revolutionary!

    Kool-Aid <-- tasty!
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2013
    New York, New York
    How about an "Ignore update" option for apps so that little badge will go away for that one app that you refuse to update because the new version is horrible?
  19. macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    Why it took so long to react to this situation. Infact this is something that the appstore should've come with right from day one.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2010
    Great now devs can stop worrying about keeping file sized obnoxiously small for the sake of cellular downloads (Super stickman golf 2, no retina on iPad).
  21. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    No joke. Now they need to drop the auto downloads on computers, especially since you can stream them. And let us pick the download quality. I buy the HD sets for my big screen and Apple TV but they are wasted space on my iPad where the SD looks just as good. But it's a pain to get it to download the SD. Which sucks cause in iOS 5 the choice came up. Plus it would help if they gave us an option for the same 'show iTunes in the cloud' in iOS that you can do on the computer. And even let us just stream titles
  22. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    This is sort of off topic, but if Apple can add a "Download Later" option to mobile, then surely they can add the "Wishlist" feature?

    I've been waiting on a mobile "Wishlist" feature forever...I use it a lot on my Mac iTunes.
  23. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Even better, not only let you add apps etc to wish list but if you buy anything that is on a list, take it off the list and give you the option to receive alerts if the price changes. So you see any app that might be great when junior starts talking and writing but he was just born, you put it on your list to buy when he's older but then it goes down in price on a special sale, you get alert and can get it now. If they did that and added a way to search for free apps and/or by age/category folks wouldn't need things like appshopper.

    And another good one would be if you buy a show season and the show does a box set, count your purchase towards that with complete my season, letting you download the added features etc. breaking bad pulled this move as well as doctor who with features they didn't release during the season and as it stands folks have to buy eps they don't need to get them cause they are 'season only' and there's no way to buy just the features.


    I like the way Temple Run Oz did it. The original download was 'SD' but when I opened the app it recognized I was on an iPad and offered me a download of the 'HD' images, no cost. I wish more apps would do that. It would be a great way to save space say in an iPhone since often you can't tell any difference on a screen that small.
  24. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
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    Mar 26, 2008

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