iTunes 11 to receive visual overhaul?

According to a series of rumors online, Apple's media player could be in line for a new interface revamp. The rumor originated from the iDownload Blog, and suggests that Apple is working on a new interface for its media player, which is its most well known piece of software.

According to the iDownload Blog's sources, the new interface will be more clean and "slick". In addition, Apple's recently announced iCloud will be tightly integrated with the software, as will the iTunes Store. At present the iTunes Store acts as a web browser embedded with in the program, and with iTunes 11 it suggests that it will handle more like the search feature in Spotify. Backups from iCloud could also be integrated into iTunes, assuming the rumors are correct. This means that a backup of an iDevice could be made to iCloud and then downloaded to your computer to keep a permanent backup (which will likely aid the jailbreaking community). App data is also apparently tied closely with iCloud and the iTunes Store, meaning that a completed level in Angry Birds‚Äč will be communicated to iCloud and then to iTunes, and storing your progress in the game. 

Boy Genius Report also claims that iBooks could be more closely tied in with iTunes - previously it was only a method of downloading the books. According to BGR it will become a platform to read books on as well. With the current system the books can be downloaded to iTunes but have to be synced to an iDevice in order to be read. This is strengthened by the rumor that Apple is considering purchasing Barnes & Noble. If this was proven to be correct, Apple would be able to fold the Barnes & Noble library into iBooks, and either continue to retain the Nook e-reader, or discontinue it depending on their business plans.

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Pc_Madness said,

Theres something wrong with your computer, I've never seen iTunes crash. :\

Yes, there must have been something wrong with the 4 Computers with varying specs I've owned previously too. Because iTunes was slow, bloated and crash-prone on all of them.

McKay said,
I'd just want less bloat. Im fed up with iTunes crashing repeatedly after being asked to perform the most basic of tasks.

God help me if I ever plug in a device. iTunes will crash and become unusable for about 2 minutes.

There's gotta be an app for that!

McKay said,
I'd just want less bloat. Im fed up with iTunes crashing repeatedly after being asked to perform the most basic of tasks.

God help me if I ever plug in a device. iTunes will crash and become unusable for about 2 minutes.

There's gottan be an app for that!

McKay said,

Yes, there must have been something wrong with the 4 Computers with varying specs I've owned previously too. Because iTunes was slow, bloated and crash-prone on all of them.

Yes I think there could be something seriously wrong with your setup. iTunes have had its ups and downs as far as performance goes, but I haven't had any stability problems on my 2 windows machines.

Shadrack said,

Yes I think there could be something seriously wrong with your setup. iTunes have had its ups and downs as far as performance goes, but I haven't had any stability problems on my 2 windows machines.

-1, iTunes has issues on ALL my clients' PCs...and they are fine laptops/desktops, most run Windows 7. iTunes is nothing but crap. Runs crappy on my PC too...

McKay said,
I'd just want less bloat. Im fed up with iTunes crashing repeatedly after being asked to perform the most basic of tasks.

God help me if I ever plug in a device. iTunes will crash and become unusable for about 2 minutes.

As much as I despise iTunes and agree, it's one of the most bloated programs around, I've never seen it really crash either.

I don't and won't use it personally, but have seen it on tons of other peoples systems to know what it's like. A visual redesign isn't going to fix much and could really care less what a program looks like. Just make it work, fast and efficiently, neither of which are iTunes trademarks.

cork1958 said,
I don't and won't use it personally, but have seen it on tons of other peoples systems to know what it's like. A visual redesign isn't going to fix much and could really care less what a program looks like. Just make it work, fast and efficiently, neither of which are iTunes trademarks.

On the Mac side of things Apple is already hard underway of changing the underpinnings of the application. So we'll see what happens with iTunes 11.

visual overhaul! Will work better on windows? I don't use itunes much ,Only to get access to itunesU and discover podcasts

Varoon said,
visual overhaul! Will work better on windows? I don't use itunes much ,Only to get access to itunesU and discover podcasts

It works just fine on Windows, has done so for a long time...
Only complaint I really have is the lack of a playlist next to my library (like just about every other media player out there, WMP does this perfectly) so one can easily put together a one time playlist (like two albums out of the five you have of an artist or just a few songs from different albums) to play now.

they should split itunes into 3 different apps. integrate the whole syncing deal into the US rather than in itunes, and seperate the store from the music library

iTunes does crash a little bit, and for just playing songs on the computer I'd prefer zune which has never crashed on me and has already a slick ui

The UI was the least of iTunes' problems. It can't seem to decide whether it's a music player, device manager, video player or online store application. It is also one of the programs that conforms poorly to Apple's own UI design guidelines and instead does its own thing that is mostly just crap. The Mac App Store is another one, obviously built on top of the same system that apparently can't properly handle the amount of data it shows at once considering how slow it is.

iTunes really needs a database overhaul because it loads slowly even on an SSD drive in Windows 7.

Thank god. iTunes is one hideous piece of software. It has tons of problems, but UI is up there.

I've never understood why the apps that synch phones never have calendars in them, too.

Ji@nBing said,
They should make it not suck before worrying about a new UI. It's seriously one of the worst POS software I've ever used.

+over 9,000

I have to agree I have tried to use iTunes and never stick. I don't like anything about it. I prefer zune and winamp


According to the iDownload Blog's sources, the new interface will be more clean and "slick". In addition, Apple's recently announced iCloud will be tightly integrated with the software, as will the iTunes Store.

I bet they'll copy Zune just like how they copied things from Windows Media Player. Then it'll be "revolutionary."

It would be nice for iTunes in Windows 7 to look like a native App. Why does Microsoft design Office:Mac to look like a Mac Application but Apple can't do the same for iTunes and Quicktime? Plus, I'm sorry, I really think that this brushed steel look is so 1998, and it's still what Apple uses. As far as the application is concerned, if my wife didn't have an iPod Touch, none of Apples bloatware would ever get installed on my PC.

devHead said,
It would be nice for iTunes in Windows 7 to look like a native App. Why does Microsoft design Office:Mac to look like a Mac Application but Apple can't do the same for iTunes and Quicktime?

It's called arrogance. Common at Apple Inc.

devHead said,
It would be nice for iTunes in Windows 7 to look like a native App. Why does Microsoft design Office:Mac to look like a Mac Application but Apple can't do the same for iTunes and Quicktime? Plus, I'm sorry, I really think that this brushed steel look is so 1998, and it's still what Apple uses. As far as the application is concerned, if my wife didn't have an iPod Touch, none of Apples bloatware would ever get installed on my PC.

I really don't like it when software developers deviate away from native appearance and Apple has been an offender of this for years, but recently they have made things worse with Lion, their own OS. Microsoft has been guilty of the same thing with Vista as well.

Zune and the whole metro look is nice, but I want either "Metro" or "Aero", not a mixture of the two. I like consistency.

Zimmedon said,

I really don't like it when software developers deviate away from native appearance and Apple has been an offender of this for years, but recently they have made things worse with Lion, their own OS. Microsoft has been guilty of the same thing with Vista as well.

Zune and the whole metro look is nice, but I want either "Metro" or "Aero", not a mixture of the two. I like consistency.

no need to fret my friend! looks like soon you will be getting an in your face metro experience

Maybe iTunes will be a native OS X application for real this time. Apple tried to deceive us by switching some parts to use Cocoa but if you inspect it with the process explorer you'll discover that it still loads Carbon libraries. It also does not behave like typical Cocoa applications on OS X lion. For instance, while all Cocoa applications now support the rubber band effect in their list views (even ones not updated specifically for Lion), iTunes is the only offender which doesn't. This strongly indicates that it's not build with the regular Cocoa libraries.

Before a visual overhaul, I want this thing to be 100% optimized for the latest operating systems. Windows 7 and Lion. Let's not limit the speed of this application with bad coding, let's limit it with the true specs of the machine.

On OS X, I don't really know what kind of visual overhaul they could do, but on Windows they could surely make something that actually fits the OS.

Hell, they're losing iOS-devices sales because PC users hate iTunes. I could easily convince people in my entourage to buy them if iTunes on the PC was awesome.

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