“This week, [Apple Senior VP Eddy] Cue faces a test of how well Apple can keep up in online services with the launch of a new desktop version of iTunes, which is expected as soon as Thursday,” Jessica E. Lessin reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The new iTunes has been delayed a month by engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt, according to people who have seen it,” Lessin reports. “The new version of iTunes, dubbed iTunes 11, is more closely integrated with iCloud and resembles the mobile version.”

Lessin reports, “It will allow people to stream music, movies and TV shows they have purchased from Apple from one Apple device to another via the iCloud syncing service without downloading them again. Apple has only offered the function for music in the past through iTunes Match. But computer, tablet and phone users will still have to download the file initially and pay a la carte.”

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