iTunes Overhaul this year?


Apple Inc. plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world’s biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

I really hope this is true. iTunes frustrates me more than any other app on my Mac (except perhaps Xcode). However, I hope Apple takes this further than the article says.

In Mountain Lion, Apple broke features out of apps and put them in their own separate app. Reminders were taken out of iCal and Notes were taken out of Mail. This was done so that the experience on the Mac would match the experience on iOS.

I really want them to do a similar thing with iTunes. It should be broken up into multiple apps. The App Store could be moved over to the Mac App Store. Music, Videos, and Podcasts could be broken into multiple apps the way they are on iOS with each one having a portal to buy content. But music from the Music app, TV shows and movies from the Videos app, and so on.

iTunes has becomes increasingly bloated and is in need of a complete overhaul. I hope they take the opportunity to actually overhaul it and not just add more feature-bloat.