iTunes 11 delayed until November

It turns out the next version of iTunes isn't so close after all. Apple confirmed today that it will not be delivering iTunes 11 in October as originally promised as the company doesn't think the software is ready for the primetime yet.

In response to a request for comment from CNet, an Apple spokesperson said:

"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."

The most anticipated feature of iTunes 11? The first design overhaul in years, which is heavily influenced by iOS' style and is a lot cleaner than previously. The iTunes Store has been overhauled (to be in line with the new store style in iOS 6) and the software will feature "full iCloud" integration as well as a fully overhauled mini player.

iTunes 10 was released in September 2010, and hasn't received a major refresh since then. iTunes 11 was previewed at the iPad mini event last month, and was originally due to be out by the end of October at the latest. 

Source: CNet

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Disappointing am looking forward to iTunes 11 with the new interface I think it is much better than the one with 10 now I am really digging iTunes 11 and want it to be release soon., Anyway at least is coming by the end of November.

warwagon said,
Even though iTunes isn't the most native looking windows app, i've still never really had any issues with it.
Same.. been running it for years.. performance is fine if you aren't running a computer from the 90's..

Clearly they're learning the lesson that you can't just pump out crap and have everyone think it's glorious.

Obviously until a few weeks ago this was the plan with iTunes and then they spotted the backlash. Now it's "delayed"

Funny that.

Pretty good guess would be they are working on better Windows 8 integration. Adding a live tile etc...also wouldn't surprise me if they decide to release a RT version that would run on the Surface RT. Somebody forgot to plan for Windows 8's release...

As much as I hate iTunes for its performances, it remains the best music player/manager in my opinion for its simplicity and its features.

Would it be too much to ask that they re-built the Windows iTunes from the ground up to provide windows users with a better iTunes experience? I'm stuck with it as I have an iPhone but iTunes is a pain in the ass to use.

I'm hoping that in addition to the new interface that they leave the options for the old interface also, especially list + column browser.

2012: The year of announcements but no actual immediate releases:

Microsoft Surface
Nokia Lumia
Apple iTunes
Apple iMac

Annoying trend. Just wait for a product to be ready for release before you announce it.

TogoP said,
Needs killing. ITunes is an appalling piece of software.

You haven't used iTunes 11, so you don't know how well or badly it performs.

TogoP said,
Needs killing. ITunes is an appalling piece of software.

On Windows, maybe (never used it on PC). On Mac, it's not perfect (does one app really need to do everything) but it's pretty good at what it does.

Calum said,

You haven't used iTunes 11, so you don't know how well or badly it performs.

He hasn't used iTunes 12 yet either, but the argument could keep going on and on

Teebor said,

He hasn't used iTunes 12 yet either, but the argument could keep going on and on

My point was, he can't state that iTunes 11 will perform badly just because previous versions of iTunes may have

TogoP said,
Needs killing. ITunes is an appalling piece of software.

As far as I've heard it's an almost complete re-write of iTunes so hopefully it's a bit better than previous ones have been on Windows.

TogoP said,
Needs killing. ITunes is an appalling piece of software.

Thank you! Any piece of audio software that still can't play FLAC and has to load how many services running in the background needs to be smashed with hammers. And please don't say they use their idiotic proprietary format ALAC. What are we in, the 90s?

a0me said,

On Windows, maybe (never used it on PC). On Mac, it's not perfect (does one app really need to do everything) but it's pretty good at what it does.

iTunes on both platforms is horrible. This is truly the one single piece of software in the universe that needs to die a horrible death. It is in large part due to iTunes that I am slowly ridding myself of all Apple hardware. iTunes has simply wrecked the experience for me.

TogoP said,
Needs killing. ITunes is an appalling piece of software.

I don't see the issue with iTunes at all. Works finen for me.

devHead said,

Thank you! Any piece of audio software that still can't play FLAC needs to be smashed with hammers.


iTunes DOES play FLAC. You just need to download XiphQT or Fluke and boom, you're done.
Same thing if you use WMP by the way (WMP doesn't play FLAC out of the box).
And please don't say they use their idiotic proprietary format ALAC. What are we in, the 90s?

Well, you're wrong again since ALAC is OPEN SOURCE and ROYALTY-FREE (http://alac.macosforge.org/).

Edited by a0me, Nov 1 2012, 4:33am :

Croc Ography said,

iTunes on both platforms is horrible. This is truly the one single piece of software in the universe that needs to die a horrible death.


Why? Did it kill your dog?
My only gripe is that it's a music and video player, a media library manager, an online store, a downloader, a synchronizing app, etc... and it only keeps on getting bigger and more bloated with every update.

I wish that Apple would find a way to slim down iTunes without sacrificing functionality, but seriously I have no idea how they can achieve that. A modular design that would call additional functions only when they're needed? Splitting up iTunes into different apps and adding confusion for long time users?

a0me said,

iTunes DOES play FLAC. You just need to download XiphQT or Fluke and boom, you're done.
Same thing if you use WMP by the way (WMP doesn't play FLAC out of the box).

Well, you're wrong again since ALAC is OPEN SOURCE and ROYALTY-FREE (http://alac.macosforge.org/).

but iTunes is a bloated piece of software. Windows Media Player isn't. Don't try defending iTunes. It's not a good piece of software.

devHead said,

but iTunes is a bloated piece of software. Windows Media Player isn't. Don't try defending iTunes. It's not a good piece of software.


I was only correcting the misinformation, that's all.
iTunes works very well on Mac OS X. It should be snappier (see my other post), sure, but apart from that, what's wrong with it?

Hardly disappointing. Would rather it be polished and complete than releasing it at it's current state just because of a deadline.

Also, the intro for this article is rather misleading to me. How is it being sneaky? When asked, they answered. Sneaky to me would imply they deliberately went out of their way to avoid talking about it. From what I've seen from many companies, they don't usually go out gathering the press and all just to mention that their gonna be late to a software deadline. It's usually made note when journalists ask about it, or forum users bring it up on their official site where these updates are found. Not really a big deal, is it?

dead.cell said,
Hardly disappointing. Would rather it be polished and complete than releasing it at it's current state just because of a deadline.

Also, the intro for this article is rather misleading to me. How is it being sneaky? When asked, they answered. Sneaky to me would imply they deliberately went out of their way to avoid talking about it. From what I've seen from many companies, they don't usually go out gathering the press and all just to mention that their gonna be late to a software deadline. It's usually made note when journalists ask about it, or forum users bring it up on their official site where these updates are found. Not really a big deal, is it?

1) Unless Neowin changed the article, I don't see anything about being sneaky.
2) Apple doesn't go out of their way to get press attention? Are you kidding? They held a big media event to talk about iPhone 5 and the new version of iTunes. Web sites around the net had a collective orgasm about the new iTunes. Then Apple made a big deal about making sure they want to get it right by issuing a press release. And that is not gathering media attention, and not a big deal?

nohone said,
1) Unless Neowin changed the article, I don't see anything about being sneaky.
2) Apple doesn't go out of their way to get press attention? Are you kidding? They held a big media event to talk about iPhone 5 and the new version of iTunes. Web sites around the net had a collective orgasm about the new iTunes. Then Apple made a big deal about making sure they want to get it right by issuing a press release. And that is not gathering media attention, and not a big deal?

Dude, I have no idea what you're going on about. From the FRONT PAGE as I mentioned, this is said under the article title:

In a bit of a sneaky move to try and bury the news, Apple has announced that it will not be delivering iTunes 11 as originally planned in October due to the software not being ready in time.

As for your second comment, you're only justifying my position that this isn't sneaky at all, as claimed by the author in the snippet on the front page. I'm not sure what the author was thinking in making this claim to be honest, unless he was only attempting to get hits. I came here expecting something else entirely, only to find out it's only been delayed and that there is apparently zero evidence behind this supposed "cover up".

nohone said,

2) Apple doesn't go out of their way to get press attention? Are you kidding? They held a big media event to talk about iPhone 5 and the new version of iTunes. Web sites around the net had a collective orgasm about the new iTunes. Then Apple made a big deal about making sure they want to get it right by issuing a press release. And that is not gathering media attention, and not a big deal?

You can put the attack dogs away. He said that Apple and other companies don't have huge press events to announce software delays. Which is true. He said nothing about not having huge press events for announcing new products. I know. It's about Apple and you like to rant about them. Sorry.

"the company doesn't think the software is ready for the primetime yet."

Clearly a different department from their Maps team?

brent3000 said,
"the company doesn't think the software is ready for the primetime yet."

Clearly a different department from their Maps team?

Yup. That's why Scott was fired. I like this answer better then releasing it early.

Also while I use iTunes on Mac. I do have a desktop I built and I am a windows/Mac/Linux user. So lets hope this also means major changes / recoding of the windows version so it runs just as well as it does on Mac.

brent3000 said,
"the company doesn't think the software is ready for the primetime yet."

Clearly a different department from their Maps team?

You mean ANY version of this crap app was EVER ready? I wouldn't install this thing on an enemies computer!

I can see how it got to be as popular as it is, but the software itself absolutely sucks!

cork1958 said,

You mean ANY version of this crap app was EVER ready? I wouldn't install this thing on an enemies computer!

I can see how it got to be as popular as it is, but the software itself absolutely sucks!

It's good on the Mac, but on Windows? Well thats a different story.

Circaflex said,
they dont want another maps being released

The Maps app itself is fine. It's the map data that sucks.

a0me said,

The Maps app itself is fine. It's the map data that sucks.

Same Sh*t different smell, if a movie was bad we don't say "oh the film was well shot but the acting, plot, script and lighting were god awful... still, at least the film was fine" The "Apple Maps" app and data collectively were poor, I understand where you are coming from since the apps itself didn't have any problems but the whole package is a collective unit which unfortunately didn't work out at all well.

Auzeras said,

Same Sh*t different smell, if a movie was bad we don't say "oh the film was well shot but the acting, plot, script and lighting were god awful... still, at least the film was fine" The "Apple Maps" app and data collectively were poor, I understand where you are coming from since the apps itself didn't have any problems but the whole package is a collective unit which unfortunately didn't work out at all well.


They did with Tron Legacy, the film was terrible but everyone said it was amazing as it had some woman in a tight outfit and a good soundtrack.

Auzeras said,

Same Sh*t different smell, if a movie was bad we don't say "oh the film was well shot but the acting, plot, script and lighting were god awful... still, at least the film was fine" The "Apple Maps" app and data collectively were poor, I understand where you are coming from since the apps itself didn't have any problems but the whole package is a collective unit which unfortunately didn't work out at all well.


Don't get me wrong, I think that Apple Maps was the worst release by Apple in the last 15 years, but the app itself has nothing to do with it.

iTunes is a very different beast. All versions basically rely on the same data, and if iTunes 11 sucks it will be because of the app itself and not of some 3rd party data.

People do say that! Look at TRON!

Auzeras said,

Same Sh*t different smell, if a movie was bad we don't say "oh the film was well shot but the acting, plot, script and lighting were god awful... still, at least the film was fine" The "Apple Maps" app and data collectively were poor, I understand where you are coming from since the apps itself didn't have any problems but the whole package is a collective unit which unfortunately didn't work out at all well.

Not disappointing. They do not want another software rollout issue like the they did with iOS 6. This is a very good thing.

CSharp. said,
Disappointing.

moloko said,
Not disappointing. They do not want another software rollout issue like the they did with iOS 6. This is a very good thing.

I hoped for and expected iTunes 11 to be released mostly bug-free at the end of October. That didn't happen. So I'm disappointed.