The word is that Apple’s “secrecy machine” has been kicked back into high gear ever since you-know-who returned from you-know-what. Anecdotal evidence backs that up: I’ve heard very little about tomorrow’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event.
Don’t drop that so casually, it’s scary as hell! I’ve always figured that Apple — the good, successful Apple we mostly love — would die with Steve Jobs, but I thought it would be a slow death, over three or four years; I absolutely do not want to believe that all it takes is Steve taking a six-month leave for unrepentant leaks to suddenly start pouring all over the place.
What makes iTunes such an odd duck for Apple is that it’s not just a Mac app — there are far more iTunes users on Windows, but there is no 64-bit Cocoa runtime for Windows. So here’s my pet theory: at some point iTunes will be rewritten using WebKit to render the UI.