Apple TV Beta Software Adds iTunes Music Purchases

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Along with the new iOS 7 beta 4 and iTunes 11 releases, Apple has also seeded version 5.4 of its Apple TV software to developers.

The third beta of the Apple TV software includes (via Schimanke.com) a function that allows users to purchase music from the iTunes store, a feature that was removed from earlier versions of the Apple TV software.

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iTunes Music purchases can be made from the Music icon on the home screen of the Apple TV, which offers an iTunes Store-style interface.

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The function is demonstrated in the video below:


Both individual songs and entire albums can be purchased and listened to using the new function on the Apple TV. The feature, along with iTunes Radio and a "Conference Room Mode" designed for business and academic settings, will be available for public use in the fall.

As noted in our post detailing the smaller changes in iOS 7, the Apple TV can also now be set up with an iPhone or an iPad running iOS 7.

The updated Apple TV software is expected to be available alongside iOS 7 later this year.

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Top Rated Comments

chabig Avatar
98 months ago

Meh, I'm Chromecasting almost 15000 songs for $35 though Google Music with all my Android devices and Macs.


That must sound like a jumbled mess!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Regbial Avatar
98 months ago
All I really want for my Apple TV... is a VLC app. That's all it really needs..
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klae17 Avatar
98 months ago
What I would like to see is "Songs in this show/Movie." You hear a song you like and can hold down the center button (same one to bring up the subtitles) and a list of movie scores come up!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iPusch Avatar
98 months ago
Apple TV UI design doesn't fit to the cleaner look of iOS 7... Never been a big fan of all the blue and black *eugh* Apple! Now or...in a few years -.-
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BillyBobBongo Avatar
98 months ago

Really? I'm an iOS developer, but I didn't know it was possible to download beta Apple TV software. How do you do this? (not that I'm going to, just interested)

There is an installation guide on the Developer Site that tells you how to install it on your Apple TV.
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giffut Avatar
98 months ago
I am still hoping for the Apple TV App Store - and frankly considering: I have no idea what they are waiting - or fearing - for. This will catapult the Apple TV to the masses Think of it: Games, TV and streaming apps, light
multimedia and browsing, it's endless.

Oh, how I wish for a jailbreak of the Apple TV 3: And using VNC remote access to my Macbook.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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