Extensive Apple iTunes overhaul coming this year, reports suggest

Apple tipped to be planning improved iCloud integration for largest iTunes relaunch yet

Tipped to launch alongsde the iPhone 5 and Apple iTV, Apple is reportedly set to be planning its largest iTunes overhaul to date

In a bid to counteract the rising threat from Google and Amazon, Apple is planning a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes services, new reports have suggested.

Citing “people with direct knowledge of the matter,” news house Bloomberg has suggested that before the end of the year, Apple will unveil the “largest changes to the world’s biggest music store since its 2003 debut.”

Set to introduce a flurry of improved sharing, storing and streaming features, the unnamed sources have suggested Apple will “more closely integrate its iCloud file- storage service with iTunes so users can more seamlessly access and manage their music, videos and downloaded software apps across different Apple gadgets.”

With iTunes currently playing host to more than 28 million songs, 45,000 flicks and a hearty 650,000 iPhone, iPod and iPad compatible apps, Apple’s iconic service is the largest digital content store around generating revenues of almost $1.9 billion (£1.2bn) in the last quarter alone.

Despite a tipped 2012 relaunch suggesting Apple could out its revamped iTunes service alongside the expected iPhone 5 and Apple iTV release announcements this September, Apple has failed to comment on the latest reports.

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