APPLE has said its new version of iTunes will not be released this month as planned because it "is taking longer than expected".
Apple announced iTunes 11, the latest version of the programme that plays music, films and TV shows, at its iPhone 5 event last month. It originally said the update would be released by the end of October but the deadline has slipped.
iTunes has been criticised in the past for being slow and growing increasingly unwieldy as more and more media types have been added to what used to be simply a music player.
The latest version includes improved integration with Apple's iCloud syncing service, a streamlined layout, better search functions and full library search.
In a statement, Apple told technology site AllThingsD: "The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November."
First released in January 2001, iTunes was a key part of Apple's 'digital hub' strategy, in which the computer was the storage location for files and devices, such as the iPod, would each be synced with it.
Last year, with the launch of iCloud, Apple took a new approach. The computer is now just one of many devices and the cloud becomes the centre for digital storage. A significant part of the iTunes re-design is intended to reflect that change.
Shane Richmond Telegraph.co.uk