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Right after talking about the new iPhone 5, which greeted an ecstatic crowd of journalists, iTunes chief Eddy Cue took the stage to discuss updates to the iTunes application for desktop and iOS devices.

Right after talking about the new iPhone 5, which greeted an ecstatic crowd of journalists, iTunes chief Eddy Cue took the stage to discuss updates to the iTunes application for desktop and iOS devices.

Several changes were discussed, including a carousel type interface for the iTunes store. This features on the desktop application and iOS devices as well, integrating the experience into both.

According to Eddy, the new iTunes is "dramatically simpler", and this is well evidenced by the presentation. Response to the new iTunes was apparently a bit flat at first, but became more enthused as he progressed through the new features. Some of them follow:

-The new iTunes features a grid type layout, with albums being displayed as large artwork cover icons. Clicking on the album, instead of bringing you to a list of music, causes the window to split, revealing a track list simultaneously. However, the old list method is still accessible too, so this should please people used to the old iTunes software.

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Grid Layout

- New features have been implemented to enable the listener to change the order of music being played on the fly. The "coming next" button allows users to change the order of upcoming tracks, or he can click "play next" anywhere on the interface, and the currently sleeted track will be added next in line in the queue.

- Finally, what might seem a benign little feature actually elicited a round of applause – the "mini-player", which is a discreet and miniature control interface for iTunes, featuring basic music buttons (play, pause, etc.), small album artwork, and a search feature.
 

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Mini-Player

Immediately after discussing iTunes, Apple moved on to talk about the iPod. More information to come! Be sure to check out one of the many liveblogs covering the event – especially Engadget's, from where all the information and pictures in this article were taken.