iTunes could get a big overhaul by end of 2012

Apple is reportedly working on a big makeover of its iTunes download store. Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that the changes are some of the biggest for iTunes since it first launched in 2003. The overhaul of iTunes is expected to be made before the end of 2012. Apple has yet to comment on these reports.

The story claims that Apple has plans to link the new version of iTunes more with its iCloud online file storage service. This might allow users to access the videos, music and apps from iTunes across multiple devices more easily. In addition, the story claims that the new version of iTunes could let users share their music more easily with others.

This kind of a feature would likely have to be approved by the major music labels. Bloomberg claims that Apple has been in talks with those big music publishers to secure the rights that would allow the sharing of songs for some kind of fee.

While iTunes remains the biggest single outlet for the purchases of digital music, Apple has seen more competition lately from the likes of streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify. Microsoft is also planning to launch its Xbox Music service later this year that could offer both download and streaming music options.

Source: Bloomberg

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When I had an iPhone (which is now effectively an iPod I use for travel), I was always blown away that even though the iWhatevers natively use calendars and other features, iTunes completely lacks those (at least on Windows)... it is just a bloated media center. I don't really like HTC Sync, but it gives more options....

I just want better support for Windows. I know Im running an older laptop with a core2duo but Itunes is terribly slow. Still get stupid syncing errors over wifi, so they can add whatever features they want if they improve the application as well.

Everythink is slow on a core2duo laptop. I'm sorry but this is what i'm working on at my job and there's not a day where i don't want to hit my head on a wall. I beat you have 2 GB of ram too. As soon as i open Photoshop my work computer goes from multitask to single task.

iTune is effectively a bloated mess with a non native look on windows. But it's not as bad as what people say it is. It's still a somewhat okay media player when dealing with big library. It's simple to use.

I have an old Core i5 750 with 4GB of ram and an old Vertex 2 SSD at home (my comp is about 2 or 3yo) and while iTune is slower then wmp the difference is honestly not day and night.

A overhaul is needed but it's still a usable application unless you have a 5 yo computer that have trouble running Photoshop and Flash Builder too.

Please, please, PLEASE give us an iTunes "Lite" or something similar!
Something to JUST manage the music\movies\photos\apps(maybe) and isnt poorly optimised to run on Windows.
I've been saying this for a while... I hope they do it now.

The topic title is still misleading. The news content is nothing to do with iTunes, it is rather to do with iTunes Store.

iTunes is poorly optimised, slow and has a non-native appearance on Windows. Unfortunately it is still one of the best media players currently available when dealing with large libraries.

It's a shame that we haven't seen an upstart rival as innovative as WinAMP was back in the day. With most computers being connected to the internet and with music bios and additional information available of websites like AllMusic and Wikipedia it's a shame that music players are still so lifeless and lacking interactivity. It's also a shame for visualisations to have all but died off when GPU power has increased dramatically.

I stopped using itunes on windows because it is a big bloated mess (and not much better on my Macbook). Zune is smooth, thin and nice.

petrolly said,
I stopped using itunes on windows because it is a big bloated mess (and not much better on my Macbook). Zune is smooth, thin and nice.

Yeah I switched to Zune and wish I would have done so sooner! Its absolutely amazing

Hopefully (on Windows) they fix the perf issues, and make it less ugly

Not expecting either of those to happen though. All I really expect is more bloat.

I miss the old iTunes, I know it's always been a bloat ware on Windows but lately it feels that way on OSX as well. I hope they some how seperate the iTunes in to different apps but doubt that will happen.

the last thing itunes needs is to attempt at being something more. it should be split into abotu 4 different applications.

John S. said,
the last thing itunes needs is to attempt at being something more. it should be split into abotu 4 different applications.

Please, no. Having iTunes AND QuickTime is painful enough already.. Four of them would be a nightmare!

John S. said,
the last thing itunes needs is to attempt at being something more. it should be split into abotu 4 different applications.

Hell no. iTunes IS everything included. I hope that Apple keep everything as 1.

Gaffney said,

still in the url

PERMAlink.

That's the idea of permalinks. Neowin auto shares it's posts I believe, which makes it hard to go back and change the URLs again. PERMA.

was going to start an overall party. seems lots of people beat me to it. lmfao.

quality of education these days leaves a lot to be desired.