Apple will be delaying the launch of a much-anticipated refresh to iTunes by a month. It had earlier announced that iTunes 11 will be released in October but that has been pushed to November-end. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. 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 spokesperson, spokesman Tom Neumayr told All Things D.
We are not sure whether this delay is due to the top management change at Apple that were announced yesterday or simply a learning from the Maps situation, when Apple released a software that wasn’t even close to ready for primetime. The iTunes refresh is supposed to make the aging sync and media player software simple and intuitive to use. When Apple had introduced iTunes, it was only supposed to be a music player software but now also does movies, TV shows, books, apps apart from being the sync software for all iOS devices including iPods, iPhones and iPads. Needless to say it has become a bloated piece of software, which is at the top of almost every iTunes user’s list of major irritants.
The refreshed iTunes aims to solve that problem by making the interface simple and cleaner. iTunes 11 is expected to offer a simpler library view with content segregated according to type and bring an expanded view when one clicks on an album so that the user can continue to browse other albums without having to go back. It will also bring a MiniPlayer that provides easy access to next tracks queued in the playlist along with a search option to add new tracks. The iTunes Store will also get a UI refresh. It will also play better with iCloud providing users access to any new content bought across all devices and the option to download the content for offline use.
While no one would be pleased by the delay (unless you are Google, Microsoft, Nokia or Samsung), we prefer having the delay than using a half-baked product.