Apple has announced the new iTunes for Mac and PC featuring a redesigned player, 'seamless' integration with iCloud, and a new look for its online music, apps, TV and movie stores.
The new iTunes will be available in October as a free download. Apple says it will feature a 'dramatically simpler and cleaner' interface.
“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.
“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.”
The refreshed iCloud integration will be of particualr interest to the music industry. According to Apple, it will 'automatically put all of your purchases into your library on your Mac or PC, regardless of which device you used to make the purchase. iCloud also remembers where you are in your favourite movies or TV shows no matter which device you’re viewing on.'
A new expandable album view will allow users to see track listings for an individual album, while letting them continue to browse their music library, whilst preview history will be stored.