iTunes11 finally available for download

Apple's iTunes store is a massive network, with more than 200 million active accounts across the world.

Story highlights

  • After delays, iTunes 11 is available
  • Apple's long-serving music tool had gotten bloated, unwieldy
  • Update aims to streamline experience

At long last, iTunes 11 is finally available for download.

Apple was originally supposed to release iTunes 11 -- a total revamp of the longstanding music and apps manager -- in October. The launch was then delayed because of "engineering difficulties."

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Apple would release iTunes 11 within its promised November timeframe.

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Since its debut in 2001, iTunes has morphed from a standard music player into something larger and more complex. It's no longer just a music player -- it's also an App store, a music and movies store and a way to manage iPod, iPhone and iPad devices.

In other words, iTunes has become a bloated, slow, unwieldy mess.

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Whether or not iTunes 11 can solve all these problems is unclear. We'll report back later with a full hands-on review.

In the meantime, Mac users can grab the update from Software Update and on Windows by having iTunes "Check for Updates."

The software is also available for download directly from Apple -- though the download links may take a few minutes to propagate.

Do you still use iTunes? Let us know in the comments.