I wonder if Jonny Ive’s new appointment as Head of Human Interfaces at Apple has anything to do with the delay in the release of iTunes 11…
Although I am disappointed to learn that this has been delayed, I was looking forward to this long awaited refresh, I would rather Apple get it right and not have a repeat of the Maps debacle..
Originally posted on Gigaom:
With October almost over, Apple (s AAPL) is acknowledging that it won’t be able to release iTunes 11 on time. An Apple spokesperson told CNET that the release is taking “longer than expected,” adding that the company wanted to take “a little extra time to get it right.” Apple is now saying that it will release the completely revamped version of iTunes before the end of November.
Apple first announced iTunes 11 at its iPhone 5 event in September, with Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saying at the time that it would be released some time in October. However, iTunes was notably absent from the company’s iPad mini event last week, leading to speculation that the development of the media player was behind schedule.
The new version of iTunes is supposed to feature a completely revamped user interface with a bigger emphasis on cover art, contextual information and dedicated artist pages that can be used by musicians to share photos, tour dates and other information. There were rumors earlier this year that Apple would integrate its own Pandora-like streaming radio service into iTunes, but recent reports indicate that this won’t be happening until next year, if at all.