Can’t wait for Apple’s stodgy old iTunes 10 to be replaced with the sleek, next-generation iTunes 11? Neither can we. It’s the new ‘Waiting for Godot.’ But if one music distribution service’s email is to be believed — and that’s a big “if” — we’ll see it in the next few days.
The venerable iTunes software has been looking long in the tooth for some time, and many users have complained about its slowness and propensity to crash. Apple showed off the upgraded version when it launched the iPhone 5 back in September. The company told us it was coming in October, although it didn’t specify a date.
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The first rumor to surface suggested we’d see version 11 launched alongside the iPad Mini in October, which would have made a lot of sense. As it turned out, Apple focused that event on hardware launches.
Finally, the day before Halloween, Apple admitted to reporters that iTunes 11 wasn’t coming in October. “It is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said at the time, adding that the software upgrade would be out “before the end of November.”
Now here’s your next clue: an email from a German music distribution service called Feiyr.com, courtesy ofCult of Mac:
Feiyr’s interest is in getting artists to submit higher-resolution pics, since iTunes 11 will rely more heavily on large album images. (See the gallery below for examples.) The English in the email isn’t so great, so it’s possible that “next few days” could translate to a week or more — which would still fit within Neumayr’s deadline.
We’ve contacted Neumayr to see what Apple’s latest stance on the launch timing is. What do you think is causing the delay? Let us know in the comments.
Your music library is going to see a redesign in iTunes 11. Browsing is much more intuitive, and can be sorted more carefully based on what you’re looking for in your collection.
When you select an album in iTunes 11 that album will expand in place. Say, for instance, you click on Maroon 5’s ‘Overexposed.” Clicking on the cover art for the album will open a drop-down viewable display of the entire album complete with star ratings, pricing, and play time for each track.
The MiniPlayer in iTunes is seeing an upgrade. Now you can see what songs are coming next in your playlist by tapping on an icon on the miniature window, as well as search your music collection for new tracks.
Need helping finding out abut new music? Now selecting an album, genre, or artist you like will bring up suggestions on music that Apple thinks you might also be excited about.
Preview a new awesome song yesterday, but don’t remember what it was today? A new Preview History feature in iTunes lets you see what you’ve checked out on your computer as well as your mobile device while you’re out on the town. Preview History is synced across devices using iCloud, so if you listen to a tune on your phone you can buy it later on your home computer or vice versa.
Facebook integration lets you keep on top of what apps your friends like in the App Store.