According to Bloomberg, Apple sources confirmed it is working on a new iTunes for the end of 2012, with greater iCloud integration “so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets”.
iTunes contains more than 28 million songs, 45,000 movies and more than 650,000 applications and the update will increase file sharing.
“One of the main ways Apple will attempt to improve discovery is by making it easier for people to share songs, a popular feature of Spotify Ltd.’s music-subscription service. Apple has been negotiating with major record labels for rights that would let a user listen to a song sent to them from a friend for free,” the Bloomberg report said.
Apple is believed to be reorganising iCloud’s use of iTunes content to streamline users’ libraries of music, videos, photos and applications.
Apple announced yesterday a new Podcasts app for iOS that separates podcasts from the audio and video sections in iTunes, automatically downloads new content and catalogues available podcasts.