At today’s iPhone 5 event, Apple’s Eddy Cue took to the stage to talk about the newest version of iTunes – iTunes 11 – as well as the impressive numbers for iTunes on iOS.

There are 435 million itunes accounts across the 63 countries that Apple serves. These accounts have access to up to 26 million songs, and 29 billion songs have been purchased.

iTunes 11 brings integration for iCloud right inside. But what’s perhaps more interesting is what Apple appears to have done with Ping, its less-than-impressive social networking service which was built into iTunes last year. Artists can now share photos directly to those users who are viewing them within iTunes.

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Another new update is the “Up Next” feature, where you can see what songs are coming next in your iTunes library as it plays. Search has been improved, providing better results across your entire library and we finally have a reasonable mini-player, which uses rollover controls in the upper right corner.

iTunes 11, via Apple.com

A host of live blogs of today’s event, including GDGTThe VergeEngadget and Macworld, are available.

 Apple introduces iTunes 11, touting 29 billion song purchases across 63 countries

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