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January 28, 2013 • Gear Bits, News

Apple Releases iOS 6.1 with iTunes Match Song Downloads and More

iOS 6.1 Update

Have you ever just wanted to download ONE song from an album on iTunes Match so you can listen on the go? It simply didn’t happen … until now! Today Apple released iOS 6.1 with a number of improvements (and likely even more unannounced improvements). These include support for 36 additional LTE carriers for iPhone (23 for iPad), individual song downloads, Siri interaction with Fandango, and more.

One unstated improvement in iOS 6.1 is found in Passbook. Previously, when you started the app for the first time an introduction was displayed. You were then sent to the iTunes App Store to check for apps that support the service. After that though you would only see whatever you had downloaded to Passbook. There was no further explanation. With this update, every time you open the app you get the option to head to the App Store to grab from the ever-growing list of Passbook-enabled apps and services.

One thing that is missing and I would have loved to see added to the mobile music app is the ‘Up Next’ feature from iTunes 11. Hopefully we will get that soon!

Here is the list of improvements:

  • LTE support for more carriers (Apple previously announced that it would add more LTE carriers this week). 36 additional iPhone carriers. 23 additional iPad carriers.
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango via Siri (US only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier.

You can download OTA (over the air) or through iTunes. I haven’t heard any downside or issues with the update – I updated both my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and it went smoothly and everything works great.

Are you an ‘ASAP Updater’, or do you wait to see what others experience?

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