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Apple Working to Update and Simplify iTunes Store and App Store in 2012?

9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on an overhaul of its iTunes Store and App Store marketplaces, seeking to simplify the user experience while also increasing interactivity and discoverability. The revamped stores are reportedly planned to launch later this year.
The new design is said to be even simpler and more user-friendly than the current design. Apple is working on ways to enhance the speed and efficiency of finding new content, such as songs, videos, and applications. The cornerstone element of Appleā€™s new iTunes Store is interactivity. As Apple vaguely explained to a number of music labels and entertainment partners, Apple is looking to make the iTunes Store a much more engaging experience.
According to the report, the focus is currently on the desktop iTunes Store and App Store experience as managed through the iTunes application, although it is unclear whether the revamped stores will come alongside a major revision to the application itself. And along with the revamped desktop experience, Apple will also be working to refresh the interface on iOS, although those changes may come somewhat after the changes on the desktop side.

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32 months ago
About time, iTunes is in a desperate need of an overhaul.
Rating: 31 Votes
32 months ago
Why is this not on the front page?
Rating: 23 Votes
32 months ago
And not a moment too soon...
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
They need to create more categories, the ones they current have are too vague for the amount of apps they carry.

Maybe even add a "cart" option? I would love to queue up a few apps I want to buy by adding them to a cart?

This would be a very good feature on iOS because I HATE downloading an app and getting bounced out of the app store to watch it download!:mad:
Rating: 10 Votes
32 months ago
I wonder if an an option to combine multiple Apple IDs is part of the plan?
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
I first thought it was about integrating them.
Rating: 7 Votes
32 months ago
Dude, I would love to have an app on my computer called "Music," in which would be music and nothing else. And one for "Videos" and "iBooks." And iPhoto could even be renamed "Photos" for good measure. Make iOS syncing happen in the background, totally automatically, every time you add or change something. Then, have an app called "iStore" or just "Store" for buying Mac AND iOS apps.

Oh, and ditch Ping.
Rating: 7 Votes
32 months ago
What I see Apple doing is a complete rebrand of their major software as "X"
Apple dropped Mac from OS X, and Quicktime 7 became X a while ago.
iTunes X = redesigned, slimmer, iTunes. Cooked-in cloud support. Everything everywhere will be in sync.
iOS will become iOS X - again - an overhaul, with new features and a cleaner look, with a more functional use of space.
iWork X = an overhauled iWork with iCloud integration baked in.
iLife X = cleaner, easier, more powerful.

I'm not sure what else will become X, but it's the future, I think.
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago
Apple has been ignoring a lot of their most important programming for a decade. It's like they came up with great ideas, did a great job getting out the first version or two... then they kept patting themselves on the back and taking vacations while we're all wondering why this clunky stuff hasn't been smoothed out to be the ultra-excellence it can easily be.

And not a moment too soon...


Agreed.
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago
I gotta feeling fall of this year will be a big year for iTunes/iPhone/iPod/ATV... bigger for the first time in a few years. Finally.
Rating: 6 Votes

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