With the Beta release of iOS 5 and iCloud, Apple explained that iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more.
When content is downloaded on one device, iCloud wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. This is also how the new “Automatic Downloads” feature is also supposed to work. Unfortunately, Canadians on iOS 4.3.3 or iOS 5 may be left out of the game for a bit.
Thus far, with my Canadian iTunes account, I get the option to store books and apps via Automatic Download, but music is not enabled. For example, if you navigate to Settings > Store you should see the toggles. Even though I have books and apps enabled (music toggle is US only), I have yet to successfully see app downloads update accross my devices. So it may be more than just music that is not available in Canada.
For example, if I enable Automatic Downloads on both my iPad 2 and iPhone 4 and download an app on my iPhone 4, it doesn’t show up on my iPad 2, even though the Automatic Download toggles are enabled.
According to the fine print on Apple’s website:
Some music features of iCloud are available in beta now in the U.S. only and require iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac or PC with iTunes 10.3. Download iTunes 10.3 free.
It is clear that music will not work, but have you been able to get apps or books to sync across devices automatically?
Update 1: After some more digging, it seems you have to enable “Automatic Downloads” in iTunes. So when you download an app on your iPhone, it will show up in iTunes and vice versa. To do so open iTunes, go to Preferences, go to the Store tab and enable Apps and Books. However, I’m still not available to see purchases automatically download across iOS devices.
Update 2: From Apple:
*Automatic downloads and downloading of purchase history available in beta now and require iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac or PC with iTunes 10.3.
Even though Apple fine print says that iOS 4.3.3 works with Automatic Downloads, it seems that you really must have iOS 5. However, some users are reporting success on iOS 4.3.3.