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  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:05:36 PM
    Cue says the performance has been improved too. Users can preview songs while browsing, something that works with 90-second previews.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:05:44 PM
    Changes roll out with iOS 6 on Sept. 19
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:05:51 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:05:56 PM
    To iTunes, the App Store and the iBookstore, that is.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:05:57 PM
    Hopefully this leads to better app/media discovery.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:05 PM
    Now onto iTunes the desktop app.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:18 PM
    200 million customers now using iTunes in the cloud.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:27 PM
    They've downloaded 15 billion downloads from iCloud.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:31 PM
    New version of iTunes.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:38 PM
    iCloud is built in, Cue says.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:06:57 PM
    Apple's Jeff Robin comes up to give us a demo.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:07:06 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:07:21 PM
    Basically no source list on the left, now it's just a drop-down. Albums expand out like folders in iOS and OS X.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:07:23 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:07:37 PM
    New iTunes looks like a big grid of albums, but track listings pop out of the interface seamlessly when you click.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:07:46 PM
    I don't know if this really looks any easier to use if your music library is as wildly messy as mine.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:07:47 PM
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:08:17 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:08:22 PM
    In Artist-browsing mode, looks more like current Music app on iPad.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:08:26 PM
    iTunes Store integration lets you browse other albums from within an album. There's also a "classic" song list view.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:08:36 PM
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:09:02 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:09:02 PM
    Can see an entire music library and the playlist at the same time. Now there's a useful feature.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:09:30 PM
    When you drag an album from the list, it pulls up a little tab on the right side, aimed at helping people make playlist.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:09:34 PM
    Going through making party playlists, now. Dual-pane viewing.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:09:37 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:09:46 PM
    Another new feature called "up next" lets you see what songs are up next in a playlist or party mix.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:09:59 PM
    I like the pull-down "up next" playlist.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:10:09 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:10:12 PM
    Software lets you queue up songs you want to hear after a song is currently playing.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:10:41 PM
    Robin shows off search now, jumps right to an entire album now. You can also home in on just songs.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:10:45 PM
    Showing Nora Jones. "Little Broken Hearts."
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:10:49 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:11:01 PM
    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.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:11:14 PM
    Foo Fighters.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:11:19 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:11:21 PM
    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.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:11:39 PM
    Adding Ingrid Michaelson via the mini player.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:11:41 PM
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:12:23 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:12:26 PM
    The mix of iCloud/downloaded media, presented together: I like that. Fits how most people own/store media now.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 6:12:33 PM
    Robin switches to movies, showing that you can see movies from your computer as well as the iCloud.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 6:12:40 PM
    Avengers clip resumes instantly. Hulk smash.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:12:54 PM
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 6:13:13 PM
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