Apple's iTunes 11 could debut tomorrow, report says

The next generation of Apple's popular music software could arrive Thursday, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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After a month-long delay, the next generation of Apple's popular iTunes music software could launch as early as tomorrow.

iTunes 11 could make its long-awaited debut Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported this evening in a profile of Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue. While not exactly offered as the definitive release date, Thursday is the second to last day before Apple's self-imposed deadline for releasing the new software.

Originally slated for release in October, the program was delayed, a company spokesman told CNET earlier, because Apple "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," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET at the end of October.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Apple's last major iteration of iTunes, version 10, was released in September 2010. Since then Apple has added additional features like iTunes Match, iTunes in the cloud, and 1080p videos from the iTunes Store. The new iTunes is expected to come with an entirely revamped user interface, Facebook and Twitter integration, and deeper iCloud support. It will also remove the failed music-focused social network Ping.