Cue says the performance has been improved too. Users can preview songs while browsing, something that works with 90-second previews.
Changes roll out with iOS 6 on Sept. 19
To iTunes, the App Store and the iBookstore, that is.
Hopefully this leads to better app/media discovery.
Now onto iTunes the desktop app.
200 million customers now using iTunes in the cloud.
They've downloaded 15 billion downloads from iCloud.
iCloud is built in, Cue says.
Apple's Jeff Robin comes up to give us a demo.
Basically no source list on the left, now it's just a drop-down. Albums expand out like folders in iOS and OS X.
New iTunes looks like a big grid of albums, but track listings pop out of the interface seamlessly when you click.
I don't know if this really looks any easier to use if your music library is as wildly messy as mine.
In Artist-browsing mode, looks more like current Music app on iPad.
iTunes Store integration lets you browse other albums from within an album. There's also a "classic" song list view.
Can see an entire music library and the playlist at the same time. Now there's a useful feature.
When you drag an album from the list, it pulls up a little tab on the right side, aimed at helping people make playlist.
Going through making party playlists, now. Dual-pane viewing.
Another new feature called "up next" lets you see what songs are up next in a playlist or party mix.
I like the pull-down "up next" playlist.
Software lets you queue up songs you want to hear after a song is currently playing.
Robin shows off search now, jumps right to an entire album now. You can also home in on just songs.
Showing Nora Jones. "Little Broken Hearts."
New mini player for when you want to get the app out of your face, but have it floating on a part of your desktop.
Puts a lot of the UI in little pop-ups that jut out from the app. But you can also search from the mini player too. That's kind of neat.
Adding Ingrid Michaelson via the mini player.
The mix of iCloud/downloaded media, presented together: I like that. Fits how most people own/store media now.
Robin switches to movies, showing that you can see movies from your computer as well as the iCloud.
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