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Apple Delays iTunes 11 Launch A Month

The last two days have brought a couple surprises that nobody expected: it started with the Monday announcement of an executive management shake-up, and continued on Tuesday with Apple's announcement that iTunes 11 will not be arriving in October as promised.

iTunes 11

Back in September, the company said iTunes 11 would arrive sometime this month, and now Apple is pushing its release date back by a month.

According to Apple spokesman, Tom Neumayr:

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.

It seemed pretty straightforward that Scott Forstall's days were numbered, ever since the launch of iOS 6, (I was stunned that he couldn't show any news during the iOS 6 presentation during the iPhone 5 event, as we all saw during the WWDC 2012 keynote), and as of yesterday he is officially out of Apple. From my perspective, it is obvious this is related to the recent management change, despite Neumayr declining to comment on any of these questions.

But if you consider the decline in user satisfaction since the launch of iOS 6, and that Tim Cook signed the public apology letter instead of Scott Forstall, the reason why iTunes 11 is delayed cannot be separated from the recent management changes.

However, there is some good news as well. iTunes 11 has been delayed so as to include:

  • Better layout
  • Improved performance
  • Easier playlist creation
  • Full-library search
  • Improved iCloud integration
  • A completely redesigned mini-player
  • A full-window interface on your Mac or PC, including a new library view and an expandable album view

I guess this is a pretty hard time for Apple, and Tim Cook is doing everything in his power to get the business rolling. As Apple's history shows, we are getting lots of "for the first times", but I can only hope this is for the better, and that iTunes 11 lives up to expectations. [Via AllThingsD]

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