By Sumit Passary | Nov 01, 2012 12:56 PM EDT
Apple released its iTunes version 10 in Sept. 2010 and iFans were expecting the latest iTunes 11 to be released in October this year. However, reports indicate that Apple has confirmed that it will now release the iTunes 11 in November this year.
iTunes 11 brings a visual features that seems to be identical to iOS, which has a focus on album covers that can expand out to show songs, both in your library, and other tracks from Apple's iTunes Music Store.
iTunes 11 will also have more integration with a user's content stored on iCloud. A new "up next" song feature, redesigned storefronts, and a revamped mini player will let a user search for songs, albums, and artists without going back to the full view.
"The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right," said Tom Neumayr, an Apple spokesman to CNET. Neumayr further added "We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November."
Apple reported in September this year that the company had more than 435 million iTunes accounts which are set-up with 1-Click purchasing, which means are accounts with credit cards or other payment options attached. Users have the option to purchase from over 26 million songs. This big user base of iTunes may find it disappointing that the iTunes 11 release has now been postponed.
"Apple's admission that the software won't be delivered on time bears some resemblance to the notably unspoken delays to last year's iTunes Match feature. That feature, which debuted during last June's developers conference, and was promised by the end of October, took Apple an additional three weeks beyond schedule to get it out to customers," reported CNET.
Previously, consumers had to rely on iTunes to back up their devices. With the launch of iOS 5 last year iPods, iPhones, and iPads can be set up and used without plugging into a computer. Furthermore, with iCloud users can back up their devices wirelessly too. Time will tell what lies ahead of iTunes in the future.
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