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Apple's iTunes 11 now available for download

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Apple's new iTunes 11 is finally ready for download.

Apple made the announcement via its iTunes page Thursday, confirming an earlier report that the music would indeed rain down on us in a matter of hours.

The new tune turner was due out before the end of the month, and the Nov. 29 seems to be just about as close to the end as Cupertino could cut it.

Originally slated for an October release, Apple held off on breaking out the new 'Tunes to "get it right." It looks like the fruity folk finally got the service where it needed to be.

New look, new feel

Apple is calling iTunes 11 "a redesigned player," something we've never seen or used before.

New library views that facilitate smarter, more intuitive searches and a new MiniPlayer that's jammed with more features are part of the package.

The update also features expanded views for more in depth searches (want to know every song on an album?), preview history to help users return to previous searches more quickly and a new storefront that, in Apple's words, perfectly in tune - with you.

To the cloud

iTunes 11 also features greater iCloud integration. Whenever users buy an album, song, movie or TV on any device, it become instantly available in the iTunes library on either a Mac or PC.

iCloud also lets users pick up where they left off - whether it's a movie, song, TV show podcast or whatever it is you're streaming on iTunes.

All in all, this is a sleek redesign that turns Tunes into quite a hip looking hub. Now let's see how users like it.

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle is a Senior Content Writer at 8x8. She was previously an editor at TechRadar, a leading consumer tech news and reviews website. Now she’s focused on helping small businesses reach their goals.