2012 Is The Year Apple Is Finally Going To Make iTunes Stop Sucking

2012 Is The Year Apple Is Finally Going To Make iTunes Stop Sucking

iTunes is set for the biggest change it has ever seen this year.

Apple is said to be preparing an iTunes overhaul that will deliver the largest change the online music store has seen since its debut back in 2003. Set to be unveiled by the end of this year, the refresh will reportedly bring better iCloud integration and file-storage for users with multiple iOS devices, as well as new features for sharing music with friends.

Bloomberg cites sources familiar with Apple’s plans who claim:

The 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. Apple also plans new features for sharing music, the people said.

Although its unclear exactly what those sharing plans will entail, you can be sure they will replace Ping, Apple’s social service that launched in September 2010, but is yet to gain any real popularity nearly two years later.

It’s also likely that the new sharing feature will take advantage of the upcoming Facebook and Twitter integration in OS X Mountain Lion, which allows users to send updates to their friends from within a number of Mac OS X applications.

The iCloud enhancements Apple is said to be planning are also a little unclear. Bloomberg’s sources claim, however, that the changes will aim to make it easier for users to organize their ever-expanding libraries of music, videos, apps, and photos.

Some of these things could be spun off into dedicated services, the report notes. We’ve already seen evidence of this is in Apple’s new Podcasts app, which separates podcasts from music and movies on iOS, and makes it easier to access and manage your favorite shows on your device.

One thing you shouldn’t expect, however, is a music streaming service that will rival the likes of Spotify or Rdio. Sources claim this is still unlikely, despite requests for an Apple streaming service from the music labels.

  • bplano

    That’s a win! That’s a revamping a big, slow, clunky program win!

  • yocko

    oh christ. we have heard that before… Is it gonna be just as smooth and seamless as iTunes Match? Because that is really working well… so good that I threw of my regular ipod app and switched to spotify completely…. what a joy

  • mr_bee

    Streaming services (however popular with the stupids), are a bad thing and it’s great IMO that Apple resists this move. Ask yourself *why* the music labels (obviously not your friends), are in favour of this as opposed to letting you own your own music.

  • Tallest_Skil

    There’s nothing wrong with iTunes at all. There’s something grievously wrong with an Apple site that states it “sucks” without offering up any suggestions of their own for improvements or changes, however.

    I’d like it to get a redesign, and it’s going to get one. It’ll be more touch-friendly as part of the desktop transition to multitouch screens. Should be interesting. And it had BETTER be a radical change.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Glad there will be no streaming service. And iTunes is fine already. It would be perfect if Apple took out all the non-music stuff.

  • johnbijl

    Can somebody pleaeaeeaeaease explain to me why iTunes sucks so much. I’ve heard people stating it sucks, but no one ever told why?

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