iTunes 11 update may land alongside iPad mini

Apple is expected to release the iTunes 11 update as part of the iPad mini launch, which takes place tonight from 6PM GMT.

Apple hinted that iTunes 11 would launch fairly soon at the unveiling of the iPhone 5, which took place in September. And if that wasn’t enough, a new blog piece was written on the Apple website last night, telling us to “get ready for the new iTunes”.

We’d bet our last Rolo that iTunes 11 will surface this evening, which will mean the software should be available later tonight.

The Apple website article on iTunes 11 urges us to get our music libraries fully tanked-up with album artwork. iTunes 11 puts a clear and significant focus on the way music collections are relayed visually. The software features a new library view that makes better use of album covers.

In Apple’s words, iTunes 11 offers “A completely redesigned player. A new remodeled store. And even more iCloud features.”  These changes are in-line with those made to iOS in the last big update, iOS 6. It too redesigned the iTunes and App Store interfaces, making them more visually rich.

We’ll be back with all the new from tonight’s Apple launch event from 6PM.

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