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New 'download later' feature comes to iTunes for movies and TV shows

Have you ever purchased a large file on iTunes like a movie or TV show but then realised you had a crappy data connection? Now you can buy something but opt to download it later when you have Wi-Fi access.

Apple has added a new "buy now, download later" option for iTunes purchases of movies and movie bundles, individual TV show episodes, TV season passes, and completed seasons, according to Macworld. When buying one of these items, users will now be asked if they would like to download it immediately, or wait until later. By tapping the option to download later, items will be added to a user's iTunes account and accessible for streaming or download in the future.

The new option is only available when purchasing items using iTunes 11 on a Mac or Windows PC, or an iOS device running iOS 6 or later. It also works only in countries where iTunes in the Cloud is available.

Macworld pointed out that the new feature should be useful when users want to grab a sale item before it goes up in price, but don't have a great data connection at the moment.

Meanwhile, Apple will celebrate the tenth anniversary of iTunes on 28 April. For nearly a decade, the iTunes Store has dominated the market for digital music downloads. In the fourth quarter of 2012, iTunes grabbed 63 per cent share of the paid music download market, followed by Amazon MP3 with 22 per cent, according to a recent report from the NPD Group.

Apple in late November released of the latest version of the music software — iTunes 11. The updated software discarded the old left-hand bar, moved playlists and radio stations to the top menu, and pushed other options (movies, TV shows, podcasts, and access to devices and shared libraries) into a drop-down menu.