- After delays, iTunes 11 is available
- Apple's long-serving music tool had gotten bloated, unwieldy
- Update aims to streamline experience
At long last, iTunes 11
is finally available for download.
Apple was originally supposed to release iTunes 11 -- a total revamp of the longstanding music and apps manager -- in October. The launch was then delayed
because of "engineering difficulties."
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Apple would release iTunes 11 within its promised November timeframe.
iTunes 11: What's New
Since its debut in 2001, iTunes has morphed from a standard music player into something larger and more complex. It's no longer just a music player -- it's also an App store, a music and movies store and a way to manage iPod, iPhone and iPad devices.
In other words, iTunes has become a bloated, slow, unwieldy mess.
Whether or not iTunes 11 can solve all these problems is unclear. We'll report back later with a full hands-on review.
In the meantime, Mac users can grab the update from Software Update and on Windows by having iTunes "Check for Updates."
The software is also available for download directly from Apple
-- though the download links may take a few minutes to propagate.
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