iTunes — the key to the iPod's success, but has since become a bloated mess of an app that's slow and confusing to navigate is getting a major overhaul, according to Bloomberg. The revamp will reportedly add in critical iCloud and sharing features.
The fact of the matter is that iTunes is frightening for many to use. It bombards users with content — apps, music, movies, — that it's near impossible to find exactly what you want or make new discoveries. The next iTunes will hopefully change that.
According to Bloomberg's report, on iCloud integration in the next version of iTunes:
he company will more closely integrate its iCloud file- storage service with iTunes so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets, the people said.
One of the main ways Apple will attempt to improve discovery is by making it easier for people to share songs, a popular feature of Spotify Ltd.'s music-subscription service. Apple has been negotiating with major record labels for rights that would let a user listen to a song sent to them from a friend for free, one person said.
Apple also has announced tighter integration of social networks Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. in iTunes, allowing people to share what they are listening to.
Another way Apple could slim down iTunes is by breaking it down into separate apps, much as its been doing on iOS. Prior to that, the videos app on the iPhone was also rolled into music app (previously called the iPod app) before it got the separation treatment.
Two days ago, Apple released a standalone Podcasts app for iOS to make discovering and managing podcasts easier. Podcasts used to be buried inside of the default music app on iOS devices.
I'd gladly take a three apps on OS X that sync, say, music, videos and apps independently. It'd make backups faster and it'd make syncing not feel like a complete nightmare.
Bloomberg's report says the next version of iTunes should arrive "by year's end." That's sounds about right because the "iPhone 5" should also arrive by then as well. The timing would be right. Apple usually releases a new version of iTunes with the release of a major iOS product.
What changes do you want to see in iTunes? Don't say you want Ping killed because Apple is already planning to do that.