|Email correspondence between an independent German record label and its artists may have tipped off an imminent launch of the delayed iTunes 11. Originally scheduled for October to complement the arrival of iOS 6, the iPhone 5, fourth-gen iPad and iPad mini, the launch was pushed back to November. Although it is not known specifically what led to the hold up, the German-based Feiyr e-mail suggests that one aspect of the delay is insufficient high-res imagery for recording artist entries for the revamped artist galleries.
Previously, an Apple spokesperson issued a statement saying “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right.” With some recent software and service releases from Apple missing the mark, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker could be doubling down on its software engineering to help ensure the completely redesiged interface and web-based store launches without a hitch.
Further, as recently as September, Apple was rumored to be working with labels in order to launch a streaming music service that would take on Pandora and other similar services that offer unlimited access to music for a monthly subscription fee. It is possible that Apple could still be working on such a service with the original intended launch scrapped because agreements were said to have reached a stalemate. The extended delay could have given Apple additional time to get such a service out the door for the iTunes 11 launch.
According to Apple, iTunes 11 features an all-new design and makes it easier to browse for content with shared user interface across both Mac and mobile products. The new interface does away with the left hand sidebar, replacing this function with a dropdown menu system, which presents as a more seamless and clean UI. It also features a new expanded view for albums and artists allowing users to quickly switch from their library to the iTunes store. With only just over week remaining in November, iTunes 11 should drop any day. [via Macrumors]