SURE, the buzz is all about the just-launched iPhone 5, which may not be of particular interest to some (yeah, right …). However, music fans heavily invested in computer audio music via the iTunes route will be glad to know Apple will also be offering a fresh new design, come October.
The new iTunes sports a smarter look, incorporating a redesigned player, remodelled store and enhanced iCloud features. It is also simpler and easier to navigate, says Apple.
The player section, which includes new library views, has been simplified, and browsing is more intuitive. Pick an album and it will expand to show you the track list, while keeping the library in view. No switching about and losing your bearings while browsing through your collection.
The Mini player retains its diminutive dimensions but includes more features for better control.
Importantly, the new iTunes store’s design is standard across platforms, so whether it is a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch you’re using, the interface remains unchanged.
Of course, there’s also seamless iCloud integration, letting you access your content on all your devices – if you pause play on one device, you can later resume it on another.
Keep an eye on your nearest Apple online store for updates – it’s a free download.
The iTunes Store comprises a catalogue of more than 26 million songs, 700,000 apps, 190,000 TV episodes and 45,000 movies.