After engineering issues caused a delay in the debut for Apple’s new iTunes 11, the company is believed to be on track to finally launch the newly updated media program. The Wall Street Journal reports that Thursday the iTunes 11 app will finally debut, according to Apple SVP Eddy Cue. “This week, Mr. Cue faces a test of how well Apple can keep up in online services with the launch of a new desktop version of iTunes, which is expected as soon as Thursday,” they reported.
iTunes 11 was originally supposed to arrive sometime in October, to coincide with several new product launches, however Apple later announced that the software would have to be pushed back to the end of November. The newly designed application will offer users with improved speed and access, while introducing a new interface and a few other features.
These include the new MiniPlayer, improved iCloud integration, and an improved music listening experience. In a recent demo back in September, Apple showed off many of these features, however most analysts looked to the interface updates to be biggest changes. The iTunes Store will remain an integral part of the app experience, and is more pronounced than before–as the company has begun to rely on it for many of its devices.
The store will receive an updated look as well, including the addition of a “Preview history” which will allow users to quickly go back and find any media that they have previewed through the service, whether it be a movie, song, or television show. Much of this will be done through iCloud. Downloading the new iTunes 11 should occur automatically the next time you open up the program once Apple launches the update.