Apple says iTunes 11 has been delayed until November to “get it right”
At its September media event Apple showed off the new iTunes 11, software complete with a redesigned player, new mini player, redesigned store, preview history, iCloud integration, and more. Apple promised the new iTunes was going to be released during October, however, an Apple spokesperson speaking to CNET just announced that Apple has delayed iTunes 11 until November in order “to get it right.”
“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.”
Many of you may remember that iTunes Match was also delayed last fall.
This is truly amazing because of its new and advanced features that will provide a totally different experience to the users. ITunes 11 will have a new design for the player as well as in store a simplified and flexible look, new Miniplayer, instant recommendations and preview history. As per the official update of Apple, the release date is not declared yet but they will make sure it will be available to the users by the end of November.
Apple’s new iTunes 11 expected tomorrow following delay due to engineering issues
In a profile of Apple SVP Eddy Cue, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s new iTunes 11 app will debut tomorrow (Thursday). The report further claims that the new media player was delayed due to engineering issues that required some re-building.
This week, Mr. Cue faces a test of how well Apple can keep up in online services with the launch of a new desktop version of iTunes, which is expected as soon as Thursday. The new iTunes has been delayed a month by engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt, according to people who have seen it.
iTunes 11 was originally scheduled for an October debut, but Apple announced in late October that the software would arrive by the end of November. The new app includes a new interface, a new MiniPlayer, improved iCloud media content synchronization, and other new features to improve the music listening experience.
The WSJ’s profile of Eddy Cue extends to discussing the executive’s rise in the company since the death of Apple co-founder CEO. The report sheds light on the executives collaborative nature and tendency to ensure products are built with the customer in mind, not technical possibilities. The report also notes that Cue appointed iTunes director Robert Kondrk to VP-status.
Apple finally releases revamped iTunes 11 with iCloud integration, UpNext, redesigned
Apple has finally released its revamped iTunes application, iTunes 11, for the Mac. The new iTunes app features a completely redesigned user-interface that is cleaner and simpler to use and manage your music and video collection with.
The simplified interface allows users to have a full-view experience for the different types of media and functionality within iTunes. For example, to access your Music library, users can choose “Music” from a stationary drop down menu on the left side of the player. Within music are the typical tabs for songs, albums, artists, genres, playlists, and radio.
Additionally, the new interface includes a feature called “Expanded view.” This creatures allows you to click an album to quickly and simply see all of the content within an album. This saves you from having to re-search and it saves space within the player. Additionally, this view will provide iTunes Store-based recommendations for other music.
Another new feature in iTunes 11 is Up Next. ThThe revamped experience also includes a new MiniPlayer. The MiniPlayer, while smaller than the one in the previous version of iTunes, allows you to see more information about your tracks. It also now allows users to search for other songs to play.
is enhancement allows iTunes users to select songs to play next. These can be queued up in a list of several tracks.
In addition to a new player, the new version of iTunes includes a redesigned store interface that is similar in design to the new iTunes store found on the iPad and iPhone. A neat new feature in the new store is a history of everything you sampled in the store. It even syncs with iCloud to your other Macs and iOS devices.
iCloud is also fully integrated into the new iTunes player on the Mac. Media that you have stored in iCloud will now be fully accessible via the player, not only in the iTunes Store like in previous iTunes versions. iCloud can also now remember where you left off while watching a TV show, movie, or listening to a podcast, iTunes U lesson, or audio book. If you pause one of those forms of media on one device, you can continue watching where you left off on another device.
The app also has a new icon:
iTunes 11 is available for free from Software Update in the Mac App Store.
So you got iTunes 11, launched it for the first time, and now you’re wondering where everything is and why it looks so different? You’re not alone, any time an apps user interface is redesigned it’s sure to leave some people confused as things are switched around, hidden, and adjusted. If you’re a creature of habit like me, you’ll want to make iTunes look “normal” again, that is, more familiar to what we’ve long become accustomed to with the past versions, and here are five simple tricks to do just that.
Show All Your Music Again by Sorting by “Songs” Instead of Albums
The new album view looks cool and all, but it can make it harder to browse music because it shows less music on screen. This is a super easy one to change, just click the “Songs” tab across the top and you’ll see a familiar list of music again. Phew!
Show Sidebar to See Playlists, iPhones, iPads, and the iTunes Store
This is probably the most important thing to change immediately, because for whatever reason Apple hid the sidebar by default and if you’re accustomed to seeing it all the time, that’s really silly. Showing the iTunes sidebar again is simple, and you’ll immediately be able to see all your playlists, iOS devices, and other stuff again:
From iTunes, pull down the “View” menu and select “Show Sidebar”
Show Status Bar & How Many Songs in iTunes Library Again
The status bar in iTunes tells you how many songs are in a library, what the playtime is, and how much space it takes up. This is useful knowledge particularly if you’re trying to stuff an album or two onto a pretty full iPod or iPhone. Showing the status bar again is easy:
Pull down the “View” menu and select “Show Status Bar”
Show Podcasts Again
If you subscribe to podcasts in iTunes and listen to them frequently, you probably want quick and easy access to them from the sidebar. You’ll have to check this option in the preferences:
Open iTunes Preferences and click on the “General” tab
Check the box next to “Podcasts” under Library
Lose the Color Scheming in Album View
iTunes 11 changes the background color of the display window depending on album artwork. If you prefer your UI’s to be nice and simple, disabling that feature is easy:
Open iTunes Preferences and choose on the “General” tab
Uncheck the box next to “Use custom colors for open albums, movies, etc”