"we have something near and dear to our hearts to talk to you about today -- music."
This'll be the new iTunes, then. Finally.
"today we're announcing some exciting changes with iPod and iTunes." Eddie Cue is up to demonstrate.
20 billion songs have been downloaded from the iTunes store.
Today the iTunes store is available in 63 countries around the world.
66% of iTunes downloads come from iOS devices.
And here's the new iTunes store on the iPad, with more stuff showcased on the top.
They have integrated Facebook Likes into the iTunes store. That's huge.
you can finally listen to song previews while browsing elsewhere in the store.
iTunes on Mac and PC now.
200 million customers using iTunes in the cloud. (I'm one)
Chris: yes, that started with the iOS 6 betas. Very nice implementation, not obtrusive.
a brand new version of iTunes -- dramatically simpler, with the cloud build in.
The new iTunes and App Stores also look great -- they've used Chomp, tan app reccomendation company they bought last year, to display info
I wonder if it includes integration with Facebook's App Center as well, that tells you about what apps are popular on Facebook as a whole as well as with your friends
It has a beautiful new edge to edge design. Click on an album, it expands in place.
But what about those of us who don't like to arrange our iTunes by album?
Emily: how it works now is that it just shows you what apps are being liked by your friends -- as well as how many total likes it has
Looks like Apple has killed Ping. Finally.
But there isn't any greater integration with FAcebook's app center, at least, not yet
Click Gallery, and you can see photos artists have shared with you. And yes, the familiar song list view is there.
I'm sure there is still a list view, Chris. There has to be
Playlists are hidden on the left side until you want them. You can see your entire library and contents of your playlist at the same time.
The new iTunes looks nearly identical to the music player on the iPad -- but with fewer skemorphisms in the design
drag and drop songs and albums into the playlists, which pop up automatically when you start dragging.
Which is ironic, CT, since it will now have Facebook integration -- which Ping lost right after launch
new feature called "Up Next" that lets you see the queue of songs about to play, and to rearrange them.
"we've also improved search." As in, autocomplete suggestions. Click on them to go right to that song/album.
There's a completely redesigned mini-player. Controls hidden until you roll over them.
and a search button built in to the mini player. Awesome.
the big question about the new iTunes, of course, is how light and fast it is. Especially on PCs,
Demonstrating iCloud in iTunes, via picking up the Avengers movie where we left off on other devices.