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Instant Expert: Downloading Apps via iTunes, iPhone, or iPod

Today, Apple officially unveiled the App Store, the exclusive vendor of licensed software for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch. Though we briefly discuss the iTunes version of the App Store in our Instant Expert: Secrets of iTunes 7.7 feature, this update runs through how the App Store works with both iTunes 7.7 and directly from the iPhone.

On iPhones and iPod touch, the App Store is a home screen icon that looks like a ringed arrow pointing downwards against a blue background. Clicking on this icon brings you to the application specific section of the iTunes Store, where games, productivity software, and other types of reference tools can be downloaded. Just like the iPhone’s iTunes application, there are featured, categorized, and top ranked downloads, as well as a search feature. You can also go to an Updates screen to access updated versions of your programs at no extra charge. Clicking on any of the items brings up a screen with information and a price that transforms into a Buy Now button when touched.

After you enter your password to authorize the purchase—this only need be done once per session—an icon appears on the iPhone’s screen with the word Loading. A bar on top of the icon shows that your app is in the process of downloading.

You can continue to use the iPhone while the download is taking place, even revisiting the App Store to continue finding files. Additional apps will appear as new icons on the screen, but will not begin to download until the previous app has completed the downloading process.

As soon as the download has finished, the file will be “Installed” by the iPhone, and then become playable. Though the battery will take a real hit while it’s happening, you can play games and continue to let the phone grab files at the same time.

Using the iTunes Store to download applications is less battery intensive, but requires synchronization of the iPhone in order to transfer the files for initial use. Finding the App Store in iTunes is current a little challenge - you’ll need to go to the top left of the iTunes window and look for Applications in your library, then go to the bottom right corner and pick Get More Applications.

Once in the App Store, iTunes behaves just as if you’re shopping for music, but the categories are different—business, education, entertainment, finance, games, healthcare & fitness, lifestyle, music, navigation, news, photography, reference, social networking, sports, travel, utilities and weather are currently listed, along with spotlighted applications from each category.

Individual item pages, too, are just like iTunes Store media downloads, except that there’s a Buy App button for making purchases.

When you’ve bought something, it appears as a download in progress under your Store listing, then gets added to your list of Applications in the library.

Synchronization can be done on a per-app or entire library basis. Interestingly, iTunes will automatically sync back to its own library any downloads you’ve made directly from the iPhone, for backup purposes. It will also run a brutally long backup period to capture everything else on your iPhone.

Of course, free downloads with both the iPhone and iTunes versions of the App Store are as easy as the paid ones, minus of course the need to see your credit card charged. You are limited to 10MB or smaller downloads if you use the iPhone on a cellular network for file transfers; Wi-Fi transfers via either the iPhone or iPod touch can be any size that fits the remaining storage space of your device.

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Comments

1

Where do I find a copy of iPhone 2.0 for iPod Touch? Does anyone have a link they could clue me into?

Posted by William Dougeneck on July 11, 2008 at 4:14 AM (PDT)

2

I did buy an app last night for my ipod touch, successfully downloaded into itunes 7.7. Every time I try to upgrade my itouch to the new 2.0 I get a message saying no software upgrade is available, so where how do I get it ?

Posted by Shaza on July 12, 2008 at 4:15 AM (PDT)

3

it costs 9.95 - https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/touchLandingPage

Posted by dab on July 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

4

I would NOT recommend doing ANYTHING while the iPhone downloads and install apps, even though it is technically possible.

My experience is that it’s better to let it finish before doing other things or you may run into trouble like reboots, lock-ups etc.

I’m still wondering why it takes SOOO LONG for even a small app to be installled, hopefully Apple will fix this in the future.

Posted by Peter321 on August 7, 2008 at 11:06 PM (PDT)

5

The apps I have installed have downloaded pretty quickly but I am using wifi.  It is a lot slower if you are using edge.

Posted by TulsaGent in Tulsa, OK, USA on August 20, 2008 at 9:10 PM (PDT)

6

i can’t seem to get apps onto my ipod touch. i have downloaded them but you know how wen you click on the name of your ipod and you should have a list of things for example: summary, music, movies, tv shows, podcasts , photos and then it has info and there is not one saying applications how do i get the itunes that has the one saying applications?
i am desperate so as soon as you read this can you please reply!! thank you so
much
xo

Posted by sam on August 28, 2008 at 4:40 AM (PDT)

7

I can not load any apps to my I phone.  At first it asked for the Id and Pw but now now happens the free button turns green install and nothing happens.  at the bottom of the screen says no account.  can someone help.
tried both we-fe edge.

Posted by stew on August 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

8

I have tried to download new apps to my i pod, they have downloaded to my laptop, but i cant get them to my i pod what do i have to do next?

Posted by steve goulden on May 31, 2010 at 11:17 PM (PDT)

9

I have an ipod touch and i have bought apps from the store directly from it. How do i get the apps from my ipod touch to my itunes. I have not yet synced my ipod to my itunes or any other itunes

Posted by max whitty on June 25, 2010 at 11:05 PM (PDT)

10

I could download free apps when I first had the iPhone but now when I try to get one that says it’s free it tries to charge me for it. Not sure why?

Posted by Aline neilson on September 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM (PDT)

11

What makes you think that it’s trying to charge you?  You’ll need to log in with your iTunes Store account in order to download any app, free or otherwise, since even free apps are still tied to your account.  However, you should see a “$0” charge on your invoice.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 20, 2010 at 8:27 AM (PDT)

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