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What with rumors of a gigantic iPod-tablet, an iPhone nano, and an 8GB 3GS, the rumor mill has strangely neglected the next version of iTunes, which could logically be released along with a reshuffling of the iPod product line. Of course, a major release (9.0) would warrant some crazy new features, and Boy Genius Report is saying that Blu-ray support, a new way to organize iPhone apps within iTunes, and integration with social networking sites will all make it into the next version.
Specifically, they say that iTunes will integrate with Twitter, Facebook, and possibly Last.fm, presumably offering some way to broadcast the current song to those services. TechCrunch notes that if these broadcasts had a link to buy the song in iTunes (please let it be shortened), they could lead to a sales boost for Apple. More vague, though is Blu-Ray support. Do they mean playback? If so, why wouldn’t they include it in Quicktime X? Also, playback implies actual Blu-ray readers in Macs. Does this mean Blu-Ray isn’t a “bag of hurt,” Steve?
Also noteworthy is that this rumor ties in nicely to the Financial Times report that said that Apple was working with record labels to bundle liner notes and video with albums, as such content would likely be distributed via the iTunes ecosystem.
In any case, we can count on Apple to deliver something exciting come September (iPod event + Snow Leopard, at the very least). What would you like to see in the next version of iTunes? Let us know in the comments.