Apple Confirms iTunes 11 Won’t Be Released Until November, Needs “A Little Extra Time To Get It Right”

Apple Confirms iTunes 11 Won’t Be Released Until November, Needs “A Little Extra Time To Get It Right”

Now “coming in November.” Translation: It’ll be ready when it’s ready.

“Where the heck is iTunes 11?!?” That’s the question many have been asking since it’s now the end of October and Apple has yet to fulfill its promise to release the new software. Back at the iPhone 5 media event last month, Apple unveiled the all-new iTunes 11 and said that it would arrive in October. The month has come and gone without a word from Apple… until now.

Apple has just confirmed via an official spokesperson that the release of iTunes 11 has been pushed back until November. Apparently there are some kinks that still need to be ironed out.

CNET has the statement:

“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.”

Interestingly, Apple released another un-overwhelmingly positive press release yesterday announcing the departure of iOS executive Scott Forstall and retail chief John Browett. Personality clashes within the executive team reportedly played a big role in the management shakeup. “I’m not surprised his [Forstall's] style continued to ruffle feathers, but I’m shocked that it cost him his job,” said former Apple employee Matt Drance.

Earlier today, GigaOm described an alarming shift in corporate culture at Apple under the reign of Tim Cook. Recently the company has begun to care more about release dates and less about perfecting products before they go public:

The time-based schedule is one of the reasons why Siri and Maps arrived as half-baked products and were met with derision. Many engineers inside Apple could foresee problems with Maps. Why? Because Maps were driven by a time schedule.

Looks like Apple is trying to make sure it doesn’t repeat the Maps fiasco again. The webpage for iTunes 11 has been updated with a new “coming in November” banner. The exact release date still remains unknown.

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  • kavok

    Guess they learned from the Maps fiasco. I’d rather they take their time to get it right than to push it out early and hear people bitch and complain about it.

  • Atienne

    What HE SAID: One bad release per year is enough…

  • Stevaroo01

    Bummer! I’ve been looking forward to the update ever since it was announced. But, I’d rather they take their time and get it right then release it unfinished. You can only release so much half-baked software before people start jumping ship. I’m glad they’re doing the right thing here.

  • Robert X

    Good for them! I would rather wait a bit for them to “get it right”.

  • Franmorel

    Ahhh Apple is pure liers.. I am dissapointed.

  • Franmorel

    All the things apple making lately has some problems, I hate APPLE PRODUCTS now. and they talk about MS…Fuck up Apple.

  • extra_medium

    Ahhh Apple is pure liers.. I am dissapointed.

    It must be nice to have nothing really important in life to be upset about.

  • duncanfurg13

    I really hope that they make the most of the new iTunes interface. I am worried it won’t receive very good reactions. I don’t blame Apple for needing to delay it. With an update so drastic, I’d rather them take their sweet time and make it really good, than release it early and have it tank. I can also agree, that Apple needs to get out of the rut they’ve gotten into, with the predictability and such. They shouldn’t say the month of a product’s release. Just say ‘Coming Soon’. Setting deadlines you can’t meet will hurt.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    I really hope that they make the most of the new iTunes interface. I am worried it won’t receive very good reactions. I don’t blame Apple for needing to delay it. With an update so drastic, I’d rather them take their sweet time and make it really good, than release it early and have it tank. I can also agree, that Apple needs to get out of the rut they’ve gotten into, with the predictability and such. They shouldn’t say the month of a product’s release. Just say ‘Coming Soon’. Setting deadlines you can’t meet will hurt.

    Giving us release dates is what separates Apple from the rest of the tech world. Instead of making people mindlessly wait for a product, Apple tells us when the product is coming out. It’s not as if they’re strapped for time. I’m sure they usually give themselves ample room to change things if need be. However, iOS is a yearly thing. Its progression is inevitable.

    There is no doubt in my mind that iTunes could have been done on time. For whatever reason, Apple chose to drastically change something so much that we don’t even have a specific date.

  • lwdesign1

    Apple can release their updates whenever they want to, hopefully with no attendant bugs or glitches. I’ve seen people bellyaching about Siri and have no idea what they’re talking about. Siri understands me perfectly about 99% of the time. I use Siri to find information in my address book, give me directions to stores and street addresses, dial phone numbers, play music and much more. I honestly don’t know what the complaining is about. I can do so much more with Siri so much easier than without it. I’ve found the same thing with Maps. The local turn-by-turn directions and screen display for my local area in Central Florida are wonderful. Likewise, I’ve seen people complain about iTunes being slow and bloated, whereas my experience with it shows me that it has a VERY simple interface that’s intuitive and snappy to use even with about 35GB of music and videos.

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