If an email allegedly from German digital music distribution company Feiyr proves accurate, iTunes 11 is definitely on track to launch before the end of November.
A MacRumors member, who identifies himself as a musician and label owner, posted the communication on the forum yesterday, commenting: "Now i receive email news from my music distributor: In few days – release of iTunes 11."
The email itself announces that the new iteration of Apple's music service "is about to be released within the next days."
The revamped service will feature a drastically altered user interface, with a greater focus placed on artists' pictures and galleries. Broken English aside, the email backed this up, saying: "Users have the possibility to view pictures and galleries to every artist in iTunes. You can submit the pictures and galleries of your artists directly with Feiyr."
"To start submitting your pictures now please go to your Feiyr account, click on Promotion and then on iTunes Pictures and Galleries," it added.
However, this email does not come directly from Apple and has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article. It also gives artists relatively little notice for submitting their pictures, which, according to the email, must contain at least 1,200 pixels.
On the other hand, it seems unlikely that Apple would delay the release of iTunes again.
Aside from the new UI, iTunes 11 will pack iCloud and Facebook integration, and improved iOS 6 compatibility. The iTunes Store and App Store are also set to receive makeovers.
iTunes 11 was originally scheduled for an October launch but has been hit with delays, as Apple "wanted to take a little extra time to get it right."
After the iOS 6 Maps drama, this particular move is understandable.