That’s right, no new iTunes on Halloween for you! As you know, Apple promised to release iTunes 11, a major overhaul, by the end of October. Now it seems yesterday’s management re-shuffling has affected the release schedule a bit as the company said today that iTunes is “is taking longer than expected”.

The new release date is now being pegged at the end of November, a month from now, as Apple needs some more time to get the new iTunes right. That’s a repeat of last fall, when Apple similarly postponed the launch of iTunes Match.

And perhaps inadvertently, Apple may have silenced the critics, just like that: instead of shipping prematurely, which reportedly was one of Scott Forstall’s deadly sins (Maps, Siri), Apple is now taking its time to have such a critical piece of software in the perfectly solid shape before getting it out of the door…

Peter Kafka of AllThingsD has this statement from Apple’s spokesman Tom Neumayr:

The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. 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.

Neumayr declined to answer whether this delay has anything to do with the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall that Apple yesterday announced.

During the September 12 iPhone 5 keynote, Apple announced that iTunes 11 will be due by the end of this month, confirming a rumor first published by Bloomberg. Mentions of iCloud integration in iTunes 11 first appeared in reporting by 9to5Mac dating back to April.

In addition to a minimalistic, cleaned up interface, the new iTunes blurs the line between local and iCloud content. Specifically, it automatically puts all of your purchases into your local library, regardless of which device you used to make the purchase.

And by working in tandem with the cloud, the jukebox app now remembers where you are in your favorite movies or TV shows no matter which device you’re viewing on.

Apple even put out a press release to pre-announce the software, explaining some of the features:

The redesigned iTunes features a full-window interface on your Mac or PC that’s simpler and cleaner, always keeping your favorite content in front of you. The new library view makes it easier to view your music, TV shows and movies, allowing you to click on the category of content you want to browse and that’s all you will see.

The expandable album view allows you to see track listings for an individual album, while letting you continue to browse your music library. The new search feature searches across your entire iTunes library, including music, movies and TV shows.

The re-imagined MiniPlayer makes it easy to control your music with a small tool bar, you can skip to the next song or search for something new to play—all without having to open your library. Up Next is a fun new way to see what songs are coming up and queue songs or albums you want to hear next.

More on iTunes 11 is available on Apple’s web site, which at post time still listed the software as coming in October.

Look, some fallout was expected from yesterday’s staff shake ups at the top, especially with Federighi, Ive and Mansfield distributing among themselves Forstall’s role. If I wanted to be ironical, I’d say iTunes 11 is taking longer than expected because engineers working on it don’t want to get sacked.

It’s not the end of the world.

Look on it from the bright side – Apple will better serve you by releasing a feature-complete, fully-tested version of such a critical piece of software rather than ship just to meet deadlines, which is apparently what contributed to the iOS 6 Maps fiasco and Siri woes.

In other shocking news today, Disney snapped up Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII and IX.


  • Trueeee


  • At least they have learned something from Maps.

  • Mac_Guy

    Was looking forward to see an update for iTunes on Halloween 🙁
    I guess we’ll just have to wait ’till Thanksgiving

  • No rush, I would rather them take there time then have another Apple Maps situation

    • I know they have to get if fixed. But Apple should really learn about deadlines and then only setting up dates for release.

  • Falk M.

    Awww man…

    I just wanna know what it is like…
    I want to see more than a couple of screenshots.
    Even a beta leak or a video of it would suffice.
    I have a couple of questions not answered by the screenshots or the website or anywhere else… *sigh*

    • SebestyenSzabo

      Check their iPhone/iPod keynote. I think there’s a segment about iTunes in there.

      • Falk M.

        I’ve seen the keynote.
        Yes, they introduced iTunes 11 there, but I still have some questions… Oh well… Waiting game it is. 🙂

      • SebestyenSzabo

        Hmm. Yeah, I was really expecting it to be out by now 🙁 oh well…

  • seyss

    just throw this garbage away and let us send/get files from our devices as a regular flash usb drive like all android phones do

    • Falk M.

      iTunes is more than a synching toy, but thanks for playing…

      • Benny Green

        Besides backup/restore & the iTunes store, what else is its function if not a ‘syncing toy’ ?

      • Falk M.


        If you don’t use it to its full potential, fine, but don’t be naive…

      • Benny Green

        All of these things mentioned can already be done outside of iTunes – don’t be naive

      • Hmm I don’t know, organizing and playing your music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, music videos, create playlists, organize your ebooks, etc. but yeah it all comes down to just syncing and restoring -____-

      • CollegiateLad

        On top of the features you’ve already named, it’s used to upload content to iTunes Match, rip CDs, stream content to Apple TV and between macs, play music and movies, purchase gift cards, can be used to set your iPods to disk mode so that they can be used as hard drives, download software, and catalog your music. I’d say it’s definitely more than a syncing toy. In fact, due to iCloud and iTunes Match, syncing is the feature I use least.

    • seyss

      I don’t need a music manager.. I got Winamp already.
      And video manager? wtf is this? I have a folder with my video. That’s all I need.

      The only “legit” reason for iTunes to exist is the iTunes Store, but most people are buying video/music/apps from their device anyways.


      stop being complacent

      • Hyr3m

        You’re 100% right. One has to understand, though, that iTunes is the main reason Apple is what it is now. They made their smartphone at just the right time to cash in on the iTunes BS and they’re not about to stop because iTunes is at the very core of their marketing strategy.

  • 🙁

  • Ok, Now every Apple failure & shortcomings is caused by Scott…Really? I suggest we give that guy a f*ckin break as we don’t actually know the real sh*t that happened. Ofcourse, everyone is happy. Well, i think we shouldn’t jubilate and criticize him alot as the future can tell better. I only hope for the best though!

  • hopefully it will work and integrate better with windows. I hate itunes for windows. it’s buggy, inconsistent and unreliable. i have found spotify to be the better alternative

  • Lee

    No Steve Jobs reality Distortion Field anymore…

    • Hyr3m

      If only…


    • Falk M.

      No thank you.

  • What about turn-by-turn for all the other countries (like Australia) that was promised in October?

    • Lee

      Australia a bit behind the 8ball? NZ has it and it works fine.

      • Yeah apple said we would be getting it in October, as well as 2 or 3 other countries. Now they are saying its November for us

      • Hyr3m

        Take this as the blessing that it is 🙂

      • Lee

        I don’t understand what peoples problems with it are. Apart from the search being off, once you do eventually find a location, the turn-by-turn works fine. And with me being from NZ where our market would be looked at last, if it works here, surely it works in larger places.

      • Hyr3m

        All turn-by-turn systems have their flaws… a small (or big) percentage of failure, whether from outdated road info or simple unpredictable glitches and whatnot…
        By the way, I doubt that NZ is at the bottom of Apple’s list… It’s still an English-speaking country just like Apple’s home. Think of what eastern Europe gets… or South-America or even Africa…
        And actually, anything that gets delayed by Apple is good news to me so don’t take my initial comment too seriously ;D

  • Earlier only, they must have mentioned that “It would be released in November” and none would have offended. It’s a big company, and they should learn about deadlines.

    and at least now for the customer who was counting down days to launch from the start. “ME”

    >!Disappointing Apple!<

  • Hyr3m

    But Apple NEVER gets it right ! Does that mean they wont release it at all ? That would be so great… Let’s hope they do the same with the rest of the shit they release every few months.

  • Bah they should release it a just keep patching bugs like they always do and when they can’t fix a bug in a normal update, blame the user/system/Mac and have it magically fix in the next big release. I miss wifi sync 🙁

  • I can’t tell you the last time I’ve even opened iTunes and I used to be a HUGE iTunes fan… I haven’t even opened the app on my phone lately nor re-downloaded any of my music onto my phone. Ever since the U.S. release of spotify, I’ve just not had the need for iTunes and add to that, iCloud backup… I just don’t use it. If Apple wants my money for music, they’d better make good on this streaming music service to rival Spotify. I must admit, I’ve purchased 2 movies (The Avengers and Prometheus) via my AppleTv.