iTunes Store And App Store Are Finally Getting A Much Needed Makeover [Rumor]

iTunes Store And App Store Are Finally Getting A Much Needed Makeover [Rumor]

Apple’s OS X version of iTunes is the culprit of one of the worst UI experiences a user can have on a Mac. Even though iTunes is one of Apple’s greatest assests, it is also a horrible swampy mess of a place that most users hate to venture into unless absolutely necessary. Luckily, a report this morning claims that Apple is looking to launch a redesigned iTunes Store and App Store, stat.
9to5Mac claims that the redesign of the iTunes application for both Mac and PC is a top priority for Apple. Even though Apple is the undisputed king of the digital music market, the recent pressures of Spotify and Amazon’s online music store have necessitated a redesign if Apple hopes to maintain their footing as Lord of the Digital Realm. Work on the redesign has been underway for quite sometime and is expected to be unveiled during the traditional music focused event this Fall.

“The new design is said to be even simpler and more user-friendly than the current design. Apple is working on ways to enhance the speed and efficiency of finding new content, such as songs, videos, and applications. The cornerstone element of Apple’s new iTunes Store is interactivity. As Apple vaguely explained to a number of music labels and entertainment partners, Apple is looking to make the iTunes Store a much more engaging experience.”

Because the App Store for iOS strongly mirrors the functionality of the OS X iTunes Store, we imagine that changes would be made to both stores to provide consistency in the experience on both platforms. Apple hasn’t made a significant update to itunes since 2009 when they changed the color schemes and enacted a simpler method of discovering downloadable content.

We’re hoping that the iTunes Store will launch with a shiny, slimmer and easier to navigate version of iTunes, but it the report states it is unclear whether or not this will happen. We’ve been dying for a significant update to iTunes for about four years now, so any modifications made to the experience would be welcomed. Even though there’s not a better product currently on the market (have you tried using the horrific Google Music service?), we think Apple definitely needs to beef up the iTunes experience.

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  • FriarNurgle

    Love Apple, but I’ve never bought or rented anything from iTunes. Do enjoy all the podcasts though. 

  • blueleaves

    iTunes must be worst Apple application, hands down. It’s a bloated sprawling, megacity of an application where functionality has been shoehorned into it year after year and now, it’s almost collapsing under its own weight.

    If the rumoured ‘real’ Apple TV is coming this year, I hope that Apple chooses it to completely redesign their media and digital store experiences/applications.

    Fingers crossed…

  • Aldo TheApache Medina

    Something definitely needs to change to the store. Its pretty messy. 

  • spice__weasel

    an iTunes store redesign would be welcome, though an iTunes redesign (and refocus on it’s actually pretty good database and sorting features, something i miss dearly as a user with a large collection) would even be more welcome. 

    also, i’m curious whether some obvious functional additions, such as a wish list for apps will be made. especially the app store is a mess when you don’t really know what you’re looking for. sub categories would be neat addition as well

  • Jordan Clay

    I hate iTunes.  I was looking for cycling magazines in Newsstand and it was a nightmare.  I ended up giving up.  Everytime I would search for Cycling it would bring up every song, podcast, app and buried under all that was a couple newstand. 

  • Shaun Green

    If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for the search tool is completely useless.

    Hope any new design also comes with 1080p videos and HD/Lossless music.

  • Unis Zuurmond

    It’s a complete mess. Some of the issues (and these don’t even touch on finding content in the store):

    1. The name does not correctly state what this is. A music player and music store? No, it’s a lot more than that.

    2. It contains a store within a store. Where do I find the iBook Store? Inside the iTunes store. Not so logical. 

    3. None of the stores work the same. Think iTunes v iBooks v Newsstand, to name a few. 

    4. For a very long time as a PC user I refused to move to Apple, because “their products are probably the same as iTunes for Windows, bloated, extremely slow, etc.” 

    So how can they fix all this? A complete rethink.

    ONE STORE: The Apple Store
    All apple hardware and software should be sold in the Apple Store (think beyond the Apple Store on their site). But, where the web store sells hardware only, the app should have multiple options at the top level: Hardware, Media (movies and music), Apps, Books and News (magazines and newspapers). For all of these, the way the iBook store works is probably the best: a book stand or library with my stuff, which flips to see the store. What is important, is that the store does not contain a player, for that, we need…

    ONE PLAYER: The Apple Player
    There should be one uber player/reader that can read/play all the content. Separate from the store, because the SAME player/reader is used to view documents, play movie files, play music, etc. Think of it as QuickTime and the System Preview’s child on steroids. This uber player/reader should have the same top level access as the Apple Store (except hardware of course), which allows the user to jump to the stand where you can select music, movies, whatever, to consume (or flip the stand to buy/rent). Why this? Because its simple. It’s easy to understand the two basic functional points: owning/buying from the store, and playing. That’s how we used to do it: go to the store to buy the CD, come home and put it on the player. The bonus here is that the player/reader can also be used for other content. And so the user gets used to one interface, which is a good thing.

    So, ONE store, ONE player. Insanely simple and easy to use.

  • Brandon Dillon

    I understand you on point one completely, but the name is so well-known. What else could it be named? I’ve pondered it multiple times, but I’ve come up with nothing that sounds smooth. iMedia? meh.

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