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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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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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..

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.

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