Another year, another missed deadline. In 2011, Apple missed its October launch date for iTunes Match; this year, Apple’s missing an October launch for the next version of iTunes.
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told Macworld. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”
First shown off at the company’s event in September, the new iTunes features a radically redesigned and simplified interface, including a completely rethought Mini Player. It also focuses more heavily on the cloud; from any device, you can play music you’ve purchased with your iTunes account. Other new features include recommendations from the iTunes Store; preview history; and the Up Next feature, which lets you adjust what music is going to play next.
Apple originally announced the update to iTunes would be available by the end of October, but with some big changes this week, the company’s clearly looking to set expectations ahead of the month’s end.