Downloading Songs On To iPhone Over EDGE is Possible


Many a times it happens at the press release, product launch or at some expo that the company or product representative forgets/neglects to announce it's key feature. Same happened with Phil Schiller, at his Tuesday morning Macworld Expo Keynote Address. He said, "Apple had added support for purchasing and downloading music and podcasts on the iPhone using a 3G data connection. But Schiller didn't mention that you can download the same using pretty slower EDGE data connection as well.

John Gruber who is running Daring Fireball pointed it out just after the keynote. He also has mentioned in his site, "As of two minutes ago, it appears you can now buy music from iTunes from your iPhone over EDGE and 3G, not just Wi-Fi." He further states that he was expecting Schiller to announce it later on in the keynote, but Schiller specifically said, music was now downloadable over "3G Networks". But well, John Gruber is right - It works over EDGE too.

Jonathan Seff from Macworld reports that, he turned off Wi-Fi and 3G on his iPhone, then proceeded to search for and download a free iTunes track using his EDGE connection, and it worked. But he also reports that, there are two downsides to downloading over EDGE.
  • It takes around 15 minutes and 12 seconds to download a 9.3MB track, which is a lot longer than it would have taken over 3G or Wi-Fi.
  • The iPhone has same size restriction for iTunes downloads that it has for App Store downloads. i.e. You can't download anything larger than 10MB over 3G or EDGE.

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