iTunes Receiving Major Makeover By Year’s End?

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Late last year, there were many online reports that Apple was preparing to give iTunes its first major overhaul in 10 years. The update was being speculated to be named as iTunes 11.

Many expected iTunes to feature a revamped User Interface (UI) and deeper iCloud integration.

Since then, the report has been independently confirmed by both TechCrunch and 9to5Mac. These publications are also speculating that such a change is on the way. Now Bloomberg has given an update on this story.

Bloomberg reported:

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world’s biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Apple will unveil the changes by year’s end, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The company will more closely integrate its iCloud file-store service with iTunes so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets, the people said. Apple also plans new features for sharing music, the people said.”

The sharing aspect of the report is interesting. Speculations say that Apple is looking to get rid of its Ping service, as it makes way for more popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, both of which are now deeply integrated into iOS.

Other than that, Bloomberg does not offer much in the way of new information. Further iCloud integration seems like a given at this point. Nobody knows what UI changes will be seen in iTunes 11. But one should keep fingers crossed for a complete redesign.

Nevertheless, it certainly looks like a new iTunes is coming. It may come in October. That is when Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone.

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Source: iDownload Blog

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