With September just around the corner, Apple’s favourite time to update its music manager, rumours of the new features that the future will bring iTunes 9 are beginning to surface under the umbrella of those “reliable sources” that tend to get it right almost as often as they get it wrong.
Thus, the news in the next version of iTunes could revolve around incorporating support for Blu-ray discs (?), a new organisation system for iPhone and iPod touch applications, and a more than desirable integration with some of the main social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm…).
Of the three, the most unlikely is the one concerning high-definition discs. Despite the incessant dripping of rumours, Apple has not moved a muscle so far in this direction and even if this trend were to take a sudden turn, the list of things to update would be headed by the computers themselves first and the operating system second.
As for a new method for organizing applications, is not only feasible but desirable . These days it’s easy for most of us to have hundreds of different kinds of applications stacked together in no particular order. Not only would a more visual method be welcome to organize the ones we carry with us in our pockets but also different ways to sort all the ones we download in the same way we do with music (by type, latest, scores…).
Finally, integration with social networks could be quite interesting allowing us, perhaps, from automatically updating our status with what we’re watching or listening to, to sharing our playlists , favourite songs… iPhoto ’09 already has support from Facebook so this step would be quite logical.
The next September 9th falls on a Wednesday and not on a Tuesday like last year, when Apple presented in partnership iTunes 8 with Genius Sidebar and the high definition TV series (for the USA) as the main novelties. Shall we place our bets?