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Download iTunes 1080p Video to iPad

iTunes 10.6 now offers 1080p downloads – BAZINGA! Now in full 1080p HD movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store. Previously all iTunes video was available in SD and 720p. Better still, 1080p content comes at no extra cost- But if you want to enjoy all the High Definition pixels you need to ask for them for your iPad device.

The new iPad introduces 1080p video, which is the highest quality. But if you are downloading 1080P HD video files from iTunes to play back on the 1st gen iPad and iPad 2 that can’t display 1080P, you’re taking up precious space for no reason. This is an issue if you plan to transfer to an iPad 2, or if you have limited storage space on your computer.

Secondly, if you have any type of bandwidth cap on your home connection or if you try to download these movies over 4G LTE, you’ll blast through it in no time.

The good news is that in the iTunes 10.6 preferences under Store, you can select whether HD downloads come in 720p or 1080p resolution. In the iTunes Store, movies conveniently list the file size for the selected format.

Getting both 720p and 1080p versions is pretty simple. If you have already downloaded the 720p version of a TV show, you can change your Store setting to 1080p, and then re-download in 1080p by navigating back to the episode. The new HD version doesn’t overwrite the old one—you’ll simply end up with three versions of the same episode: SD, 720p, 1080p. And thanks to good compression, Apple is able to keep these 1080P files to manageable sizes. Apple uses better H.264 compression, to keep file sizes small without degrading quality on new iPad.