Wow, two surprises in a row from Apple!

In a statement released today, Apple has announced that it is delaying iTunes 11, the next iteration of its popular iTunes media player, until the end of November – in an effort to add additional polish to the software.

Here’s the statement, sent toAllThingsDdirectly from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr:

The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.

Just yesterday, Apple threw out two of its Senior Vice Presidents, Scott Forstall and John Browett, who, respectively, took care of iOS development and Apple’s retail strategy. Whether the delay is a result of yesterday’s firings is yet to be determined, but Eddy Cue is the one in charge of iTunes, not either of the execs who were terminated yesterday.

Then again, Cue did take on additional responsibilities from Forstall – including Siri and Maps. Could Apple be planning to integrate Siri into iTunes, as a sort of personal shopper to help you find the best music?

We’ll find out in late November.

[AllThingsD via The Verge]