iTunes 9 to add social music app?

If true, though, the update could breathe some needed new life into the iTunes software

Apple is reportedly working on an overhaul of iTunes that will include social networking tools that will allow you to broadcast and share music to friends. The reports are iffy at best and come from anonymous sources at BoyGeniusReport. If true, though, the update could breathe some needed new life into the iTunes software.

Here what is rumored to be in the works from the makers of iPods, iPhones and computers:

*Tie-ins with a new "social" application also being planned by Apple, according to the report. The report suggests this could be "similar to Yahoo's OneConnect," which can consolidate all your social networking destinations into one place for easier access. The report lacked further details, including whether it would be a separate application for your iPhone or desktop.

*The new app will reportedly allow users to share the music they are listening to at that moment to friends on their networks in real time, as well as provide status updates, according to BoyGenius. The app will also allow users to "connect with their friend's friends." Hmmmm, it sounds like this one harkens back to the wicked old days of the original Napster, which let users share an amazingly cool feature - the ability to share playlists with other people. OK, so Napster was eventually determined to be illegal, but for many people, it was very cool while it lasted.

*Upgraded and improved capabilities for sorting your iPhone and iPod Touch applications alphabetically, by genre or custom arranging to suit your own visual whims.

*Blu-ray support, which would be welcomed by many.

OK, that's not a lot to go on right now, and it is all rumors, but much of this is cool stuff for Apple enthusiasts. But I'll tell you one new feature I'd sure like to see in the next version of iTunes - a faster launching time on my PC. Personally, I don't know how many more bells and whistles Apple can fit into this bloated piece of software. It seems like it takes five minutes to load, sucking major RAM. Are you listening, Apple?

(Todd R. Weiss is a freelance technology journalist who formerly wrote for Computerworld.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TechManTalking)

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags musiciTunes

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Todd R. Weiss

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?