Apple iOS 5: Upgrade to iTunes 10.5 First

Apple at last releases its Apple iOS 5 mobile operating system tomorrow. That’s Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The first thing to do is get the latest version of iTunes —  iTunes 10.5  –on your Mac or PC today so your iOS 5 upgrade goes smoothly.

Apple  iTunes 10.5 is brand new, released just a day before the Apple iOS planned launch tomorrow.  It includes the final version, it says, of iTunes in the Cloud. This give you features like automatic downloading of previous purchases and WiFi syncing.

Interestingly, iTunes 10.5 doesn’t require or even include the old Apple standby QuickTime.

To upgrade iTunes on your PC, launch iTunes and go to Help >> Check for Updates

iTunes Update

Alternately you can go to Start >> All Programs >> Apple Software Update.

Apple Software Update

Either way, the Apple Software Update window comes up. It provides a list of everything that is new in the 10.5 release. Click Install 1 Item.


Then wait while the update is downloaded and installed.


When the update is complete you’ll see the following message letting you know it was successful. Click OK.


Now launch iTunes again and agree to the License Agreement.


Then you can start using your new version of iTunes.


To verify you have the latest version, click on Help >> About iTunes.


Then it will display that you have the latest version. Which for PC is


If you’re a Mac user, you’ll also need to upgrade to the latest version of iTunes. The process is a bit different but essentially the same.
Click the Apple icon and select Software Update.
Sotware Upadate

The system will start checking for new software.

New Software

You’ll see the following message that there are updates available. Click Show Details.

Screen Shot 2011-10-11 at 4.26.24 PM

You’ll see iTunes 10.5 is ready to be updated. Read through what’s new and click Install 1 Item.

Software Update

Now wait while the updated iTunes package is downloaded and installed on your Mac.

Package Installing

When iTunes is done installing, you’ll see in that everything is now up to date. Click Quit.

Successful Install

Launch iTunes and agree to the Software License Agreement.

Screen Shot 2011-10-11 at 4.33.05 PM

Then the new version of iTunes will launch.

iTunes 10.5 Mac

To verify the update worked, click iTunes >> About iTunes.


A window will display showing that you have the latest version of iTunes for Mac installed. Currently it’s 10.5 (141).

Screen Shot 2011-10-11 at 4.35.12 PM

Upgrading to iTunes 10.5 today will save you time tomorrow. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your system is ready to start using new features included in iOS 5. Groovy!



  1. Steve Krause

    October 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    REALLY looking forward to IOS 5 tomorrow. This might sound funny but it’s the new camera features I’m looking forward to the most. I hate tapping the screen to take a picture….

    Going to have fun tomorrow playing with all the new features.

  2. Brian Burgess

    October 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I am looking forward to it as well! We’ll have complete groovy coverage here so make sure and check us out tomorrow.

  3. Lance A Schart

    October 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I performed the update; however, my “About” does not include the 64-bit notation. I am running OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). Thoughts? Thank you.

  4. Melissa

    October 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Cannot update to 10.5 it keeps giving me an error saying that it can’t remove previous version iTunes. Any suggestions? Thanks

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