Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world’s biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Apple will unveil the changes by year’s end, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The company will more closely integrate its iCloud file-storage service with iTunes so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets, the people said. Apple also plans new features for sharing music, the people said.
Despite its iconic and auspicious rise to prominence over the past decade, iTunes remains one of the most maligned, bloated, and unresponsive pieces of software within Apple’s arsenal. Steadily slipping from a well-placed position of power to an overweight and sluggish demeanor, iTunes is utterly overdue for an overhaul.
Thankfully, according to Bloomberg, this may not be too far away at all.
Given Apple’s investment in iCloud, the migration of a great many of iTunes’ tasks to the cloud makes plenty of sense. Further, by removing the responsibility of file sanctity and management from the user, Apple will save itself a great many headaches in terms of ongoing consumer support. All-in-all, an iTunes overhaul cannot arrive soon enough.
Furthermore, I would imagine Apple’s newfound segmentation philosophy on its iOS platform will permeate into the world of the Mac. Separating distinct portions of functionality into separate apps is certainly not outside the bounds of possibility, and may, in fact, serve to re-define the relevance of several smothered and forgotten features of iTunes.
Here’s hoping such an overhaul isn’t too far off.