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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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42 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: 34 Votes
42 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: 19 Votes
42 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: 16 Votes
42 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: 16 Votes
42 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
42 months ago


Remember this? Remember how much people whined when it was dropped!
Rating: 12 Votes
42 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.


Completely agree. Just saw another blog posting on here by him that did that same thing. Not very professional as you say.
Rating: 9 Votes
42 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: 9 Votes
42 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: 7 Votes
42 months ago

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.

Yeah, he sucks.

But seriously, my email address is at the bottom left corner of the page, I welcome any and all feedback. jlgolson@macrumors.com

Agreed. I'd be reading engadget.com if I wanted his personal, and at times snarky, take on the tech world.

Geez, usually I get accused of sounding like Gizmodo.
Rating: 7 Votes

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