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Apple Redesigning iTunes 11 With New Layout, iCloud Support?

The next version of iTunes will get a full facelift and extensive iCloud integration, according to a report from iDownloadBlog.
From what we’re hearing, the UI would be much more cleaner and “slick.” iCloud is also going to be more closely integrated with iTunes. Rather than the iTunes Store being essentially a web browser, the Store will actually be integrated into the entire app— much like Spotify is currently.

We’re also hearing that iCloud backups will be integrated into iTunes. This means if you back up your iDevice to iCloud, that same backup will be stored locally on your computer. Also, app data from iCloud will be synced closely with iTunes. For example, if you beat a level in Angry Birds, that level data will be synced to iCloud and then to your iTunes library.
It would make sense -- the iCloud is meant to be "the truth", with all other devices (including your Mac and PC) backing up to it.

This can be seen currently with the limited iCloud support Apple has already implemented. If you purchase an App within iTunes (and have the appropriate settings saved), it automatically downloads to your iOS device. I've begun doing all my app shopping within iTunes for this reason.

iDownloadBlog is a completely unproven source, with no track record, so take this report with a grain of salt.

By coincidence, in yesterday's anonymous "unproven source" report that Apple was considering an acquisition of Barnes & Noble, BGR's tipster said iTunes 11 would be released in September along with iOS 5 and iCloud, and would support reading iBooks on the Mac.

Apple is currently beta testing iTunes 10.5, along with developer previews of iOS 5. This could have placeholder code for iCloud, while hiding a larger redesign of the application itself.

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39 months ago

I've begun doing all my app shopping within iTunes for this reason.


Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, but I liked it better when MR kept to the 3rd person and approached things from a more professional reporting standpoint.
Rating: 38 Votes
39 months ago
I hope they ditch Ping, that was just a waste of time, and only added crap to an already over stuffed app.
Rating: 21 Votes
39 months ago

Image (http://musically.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/itunes-logo-150x150.jpg)

Remember this? Remember how much people whined when it was dropped!


Wow. That icon used to be so familiar, now it just looks strange and old fashioned!
Rating: 19 Votes
39 months ago

Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, but I liked it better when MR kept to the 3rd person and approached things from a more professional reporting standpoint.


It's Jordan Golson, the new guy. I can tell his articles from those by arn or Eric with almost perfect accuracy. Jordan's style is much more "personal-blog" like, which I don't think fits with this site and the way it's been. I prefer the objective tone, and would prefer more limited interjections of personal references/anecdotes/humor.
Rating: 19 Votes
39 months ago
iTunes is such bloatware. They need to give us an application 'like' itunes JUST for playing back music without all the other crap, not everyone has a need for support for ipod, iphone, ipad, itms, movies, ping, tv shows or any of the other CRAP thats making itunes slow, a ram and resource hog.

Apple should also rename it to iMedia if it intends to keep stuffing useless garbage into what was originally intended to be a music player.
Rating: 18 Votes
39 months ago


Remember this? Remember how much people whined when it was dropped!
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago
i'm ready for a new layout

I would love an integration to read my books on my Mac through iTunes, I'm getting tired of Adobe reader & Stanza. Also would like to see a nicer format for my movies & T.v. Shows
Rating: 13 Votes
39 months ago
iTunes has an identity crisis, and it's only getting worse. Its name and icon suggest music, but these days I go there for so much more. Movies. Podcasts. Apps. iPhone settings. Add to that books soon, and it becomes more painfully obvious that something must change.

Just thinking out loud, but I'd love to see either one app that combines all sort of media consumption in a way that doesn't trivialize everything other than music with its name, and maybe a separate app to deal with device and cloud syncing. Heck, merge the media consumption into Safari. I feel like I'm doing the same thing in Safari and iTunes most of the time anyway, when it comes to consuming digital content.

This just kinda hurts my head. I'm done venting now.
Rating: 11 Votes
39 months ago

Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, but I liked it better when MR kept to the 3rd person and approached things from a more professional reporting standpoint.


I'm with you. It's been very noticeable in every post that Jordan has done.
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago
iTunes is already something of a bloated mess. They really need a central iCloud app that handles all syncing, including iOS devices. Then pare down iTunes and let it focus on what made it great in the first place: organizing music. I'd also break out video playback into a separate app. It already is on iPads, which makes it even more confusing for people, having different places to find the same stuff on different devices....and don't forget iPhoto (for some odd reason) imports videos too. It's a mess. Every type of media or data should have its own app, and its own store (all linked to your Apple ID, of course).

iCloud - oversees syncing everything, managing devices, lets you select in one interface what media you want to sync, and to where.
[LIST]
[*] App Store - apps, and maybe include managing home screen icons here.
[*] iTunes - music, and only music (OK, audio, including podcasts), includes iTunes Store for audio content.
[*] Video - videos (for playback), includes video store for video content.
[*] iPhoto - photos
[*] iBook - books, includes iBooks Store
[*] Others - handle their own data: iCal, Address Book
[/LIST]
Rating: 10 Votes

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