When Apple announced iTunes 11, they told us that they would totally get it launched by the end of October. Then, at the end of October, they said they’re gonna need more time, but they pinky-promised they would get it out in November. For real.
Based on the history of Apple’s software releases, we estimated that the most likely date for Apple to release iTunes 11 would be November 16th, but that date has obviously passed. However, it sounds like Apple is finally ready to release iTunes 11 in the next few days, because artists are getting emails telling them to get ready.
According to a post on the MacRumors forums, Apple may have asked labels to submit pictures and galleries of their artists to iTunes so they can appear in the new Music Store layout. The picture above shows an email sent to artists from Feiyr, which is a German music distribution service.
While the email doesn’t come directly from Apple, we assume that they would inform labels of any new artwork needed for the launch of iTunes 11. It also might just be wishful thinking on Feiyr’s part. Apple probably won’t launch iTunes on Thanksgiving, and many of the staff have the rest of the week off, but we expect it might be launched early next week if this email is legit.