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Apple to overhaul iTunes by end of the year

People have plenty of complaints about Apple's iTunes. It's makes organising your music a pain, crashes often, and is a slow resource hog. Plus, don't even get people started on how you can't manage content on a device that's not synced to your computer.

But Apple is apparently working to improve iTunes. Citing people with direct knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Apple is planning to overhaul iTunes by the end of the year. The revamp is said to be one of the largest changes to iTunes ever.

The makeover is intended to make it easier for people to find new material and better manage all the content they already have. One of the ways Apple intends to improve discovery is by making it easier for users to share songs. Cupertino has been in talks with record labels for rights that would let a user listen to a song sent to them from a friend for free.

Also, Apple is planning to more closely tie iCloud to iTunes, allowing users to more easily access and manage their music, videos, and apps across Apple devices. Bloomberg reported that there will likely be other new features for sharing music, though the news outlet did not elaborate.

Apple's iTunes, which debuted in 2003, currently has more than 28 million songs and 45,000 movies. The iTunes App Store, meanwhile, has more than 650,000 apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

One change you likely won't see? A music-subscription service akin to Spotify, one of Bloomberg's sources said. Though music labels have been pushing Apple to offer such a service, Cupertino probably won't.

Apple is also rumoured to be dropping support for its social service Ping in future versions of iTunes. The company will instead focus its social efforts on Twitter and Facebook, both of which will be integrated into iOS 6.

Apple has already made some changes to iTunes recently. The company this week expanded iTunes to 12 Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and either other Asian markets. The company also released a standalone podcast app that provides one-stop access to the podcasts currently available via iTunes.

Are you excited about these changes? Is your iTunes organised, or a big mess? Let us know in the comments.