At the iPhone 5 media event, Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, showed off iTunes 11, a complete redesign of Apple’s media player as well as the front end to many of its media services.
The user interface of iTunes 11 “dramatically simpler,” and has iTunes integration built-in.
iTunes 11 sports an all new edge-to-edge design, that presents a grid of albums. Just like Folders in iOS, once an album is clicked, it expands inline to reveal a list of the album tracks. Apart form your own, locally stored tracks, you can also see top songs and albums on iTunes by clicking the “in the store” button.
There are of course the standard mechanisms to browse your songs by artist, genre and ratings.
As a part of the new interface, iTunes also introduces a new way to see upcoming songs and also gives you a way to change their ordering. By clicking the Up Next Button in the New Playing section of iTunes, iTunes pops up a window, allowing to manipulate the playing order of upcoming songs.
You could also choose to enqueue any song in your library to play next.
Updated Search Interface
The search interface has been updated to show inline results in a popover, unlike the current method where the main iTunes songs list presents search results.
New Mini Player Design
The mini player has been revamped with a sleek new design that has minimal controls and an option to search with a similar popeover interface.
iTunes 11 will be publicly released in October, presumably along with the iPad mini.
Redesigned iTunes Store
In line with the redesigned iTunes Store on iOS 6 enabled devices, Apple has also given the desktop iTunes Store a redesign.
Apple’s also added movie position syncing, so that when you pause a movie on your iOS device or Apple TV, you can resume right from there on your Mac or PC. iCloud also syncs all the movies, music or videos you’ve previewed on iTunes Store across all your devices. iTunes displays a history of these previews in a popover, available as an option in the iTunes Store.