We are still awaiting the announcement of Apple’s tablet (Apple is on Pacific Time, keeping the rest of the United States eagerly awaiting this morning) which, according to McGraw-Hill, will run off of an iPhone-based operating system. This probably means that the tablet will integrate with iTunes.
Which brings us to an important point: Apple needs to rebuild iTunes. Yes, it is a good application, but it could be better. It uses a lot of processing power and takes forever to load on Windows (and even sometimes on Macs, or at least my Mac). It’s time for a complete revamp of iTunes. It’s slow and bloated and apparently isn’t even making any money—Apple is breaking even on the iTunes store.
Apple needs to introduce a streaming music service. It has the capability because of its acquisition of Lala, a streaming music service Apple acquired in late 2009. An Apple streaming music service could help combat illegal music downloads. Right now, an astounding 95 percent of all music downloads are illegal, according to the head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
The Apple event today should focus on more than just introducing the tablet. Hopefully an iTunes revamp will be mentioned as well.
Via Wired, image via Apple.