iTunes might be headed for a redesign and overhaul for better iCloud integration, according to various online reports today. The current word and rumors are that there will be a new offering from Apple this Fall that will layout new visions of the iPad, iPhone, iTunes and of the course the long-awaited iCloud.
This would be iTunes 11, and it looks for a bigger support for the iTunes Music Store and iCloud, the new streaming music service previously announced by Apple. iDownloadBlog is reporting that iTunes 11 will be rebuilt from the ground up, with a complete redesign. iTunes is a bit stale, and as anybody who uses it can tell you, it's due for a major update to take on its bloated slowness.
Other items potentially on the slate for an iTunes upgrade ... the iCloud service will include an automatic back up for mobile devices like iPhone and iPad that will include a sort of auto-synch between your device, files stored in your iTunes library (on your computer) and the in-the-cloud part of iCloud, so you can access this music (or other stuff) from anywhere "out in the wild."
Here's what we do know about iCloud, based on the previous announcement from Apple in June: iCloud stores everything from your Apple devices (music photos, apps, calendars, documents) and makes them available to all of them with an effortless sync. Add a song to your iTunes library, and you can get to it from your iPhone, iPad or computer. No copying, just available everywhere. It comes with 5GB of free storage. There's no official iCloud release date yet, but it seems to be happening sometime this Fall, just before the holiday shopping season.
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