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No GPRS for iTunes or 10MB files allowed

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Apple must still be patting themselves on the back over the two key announcements at Macworld this week, from downloading music tracks direct to your iPhone and iTunes going all DRM free. Only two staffers at UK’s CNET have stopped the party happening by inadvertently uncovered to major faults, with one of those joyous breakthroughs.

Whilst running through the new features and trying them all out by leeching tracks straight on to the 3G iPhone they encountered not 1, but 2 problems that weren’t disclosed in the T & Cs.

You can’t download tracks over a certain size from the carrier connection, as the ceiling’s limit is just 10MB. Only a short time ago Apple heralded in the availability of podcasts over iTunes, with a resounded success story surrounding it. This will surely scarper those benefits, as a great deal of podcasts seen around today are well in excess of that file size. All very much a bruised Apple in our opinion.

The other issue they discovered which will undoubtedly upset the proverbial Apple cart, is to do with a good connection allowed for direct downloading, or not as the case most certainly is.

Not everyone and at every possible moment will be able to get the best signal on their iPhone. So why in Job’s name have they limited iTunes to just 3G and EDGE. As apparently Apple has left out in the cold GPRS, therefore crippling the service unless you have a clear and strong signal. Once again, the shine has faded from the Apple.

If they had a collective foot to speak of, they’re most certainly have been shooting themselves in it quite regularly of late.

Read more or CNET’s piece here.

8 replies on “No GPRS for iTunes or 10MB files allowed”

The problem with supporting large file downloads over GPRS is that whilst you are doing them, the phone cannot receive incoming phone calls. This problem doesn't exist with 3G (not sure about edge).

So, why would you want to try and download more than 10Mb over GPRS? Have you ever even tried that on another handset – it doesnt matter what handset or network its going to be painful.

As for the 10Mb limit, thats not hidden in the T&C's, thats been a standard limit on everything from Apples servers direct to iPhone. Seems to make sense to me.. remember this is for normobs who don't understand how any of this works let alone cell site handovers and different levels of coverage.

I've got to say this post is pretty low grade, based on an even lower grade CNET post – c'mon I expect more from MIR you guys are supposed to “get” this stuff. /rant off/

I think it's very much a network issue. Some networks can do 10mb v fast
indeed on gprs. But for normobs, yeah 10mb limit makes sense, or you'd have
folk downloading 2gb movies and being charged hundreds of dollars in data
'overages'

I used it but it brings me up in to lots of severe issues which a good-quality application should not have.. Its network is very slow and sluggish and there are others who are offering more high-speed services as match up to it..

I used it but it brings me up in to lots of severe issues which a good-quality application should not have.. Its network is very slow and sluggish and there are others who are offering more high-speed services as match up to it..

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