Apple iTunes given major refresh alongside iPhone 5 launch

Slightly overshadowed by the new iPhone 5 unveiling, Apple has officially announced the new iTunes 11 for Mac and PC with the world’s leading digital music, movies and app retail outlet coming in for a complete redesign.

Introducing seamless integration with Apple’s iCloud service, all purchases made through the refreshed iTunes for Mac and PC will be stored remotely through iCloud, offering users instant access to their downloaded content directly via their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

“We created iTunes because we love music and we’re going back to our roots with an incredibly clean design that keeps your music at the forefront,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. He added: “The new iTunes works seamlessly with iCloud, always keeping your entire library at your fingertips, and we’re adding great new features that make listening to your music more fun.”

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Stripping back the iTunes interface to offer a new, cleaner user experience, iTunes 11 sees featured content showcased on the upper right section of the service with a new easy-to-browse shelving system being introduced across all media types.

With more than 26 million songs and 700,000 apps on offer, the revised iTunes service sees the MiniPlayer redesigned with the compact tool bar player allowing users to skip tracks and search content without accessing the full window service.

Set to launch next month, Apple has confirmed that an new iTunes release will be held in October with the refreshed service to be made available as a free download.

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