Apple Releases iTunes 11, Adding More Integration

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) delivered as promised, releasing iTunes 11 with one day to spare in November.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company launched the new media player with several new features, including a complete overall redesign, a new library view and a new store design. It also incorporates iCloud and iTunes Match more tightly, making use of Apple's file-sharing system. The new software is available immediately for both OS X and Microsoft's ( MSFT) Windows operating systems.

Apple streamlined the look of iTunes, which many believed to be messy, and could help drive more sales of songs, movies, TV shows, as content discovery continues to evolve. The closer tie-in of iCloud is important, allowing users to start watching or listening to something on one iDevice, then pick up where they left off on another iDevice. Apple previously had not had this option integrated with iTunes.

Here's the link to download iTunes 11.

Apple shares are higher in Thursday trading, though off their best levels of the day. They are up 0.9% to $588.20, having earlier in the day reached $594.25.

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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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