Apple released its iTunes 11 software last night, having delayed the launch to ensure the revamped software was working to its satisfaction. The key new feature is a significant redesign for an application that had felt increasingly clunky and cluttered in recent years, with an emphasis on making it easier for people to browse music, apps and other content on the store. iTunes 11 is also much more tightly integrated with Apple’s iCloud service, including the ability to play content stored on Apple’s servers rather than having to download it to the computer first. Music-wise, there’s also a new mini-player that hovers on-screen when the main app is minimised. One interesting point: iTunes provided a design template for the first iterations of many streaming music services – Spotify in particular – but with at least a year until the next iTunes, they will now be gauging how they can move beyond its 11th iteration.

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