12 posts tagged iTunes
Each time I see this kind of story about iTunes I tell to myself: “yeah, iTunes is broken. Apple should do something about it. But what?”. It is very tempting to try reinvent this piece of software and many times I tried to write on the subject just to find out that this is a very complex issue.
Apple still makes money without a music subscription service. But, I cannot refrain from thinking that the current model of owning music is less and less relevant to the users. So, is iTunes business becoming more and more based on the past?
This idea is kind if weird considering Android platform is based on the least engaged users on the planet. They don’t buy much, they don’t surf much. They do phone calls and Facebook.
Making iTunes available for Android is like making it for Windows back in the days. Or maybe not. But I wonder if Apple wants it’s digital store to stay on top, how long will they be able to forgo Android.
A message to the iTunes.app team at Apple: make wifi sync really work. Please. Thank you.
I would have liked Gruber to say why he thinks Apple doesn’t do iTunes for Android (beside the obvious problem of platform fragmentation). Is it a marketing choice? Would this be perceived as a failure to dominate with iOS? Is it because the lack of engagement of Android users wouldn’t add much to Apple’s bottom line?
I think Apple’s strengths are twofold: brand loyalty and the ecosystem. Both combined creates a powerful juggernaut that isn’t easy to compete against. Having great hardware alone isn’t enough (Samsung), having services isn’t enough (Google), having loyal users alone doesn’t cut it.
Apple has both and listening to Tim Cook’s comments on the last conference call, I’m sure Apple has some plans to build on top of this in order to offer powerful new offerings to Apple customers.
This is happening on my iMac @ home. You know why? I do. When iTunes 11 came out, I installed it on my PC @ work. Then I turned on iTunes Match to see all my music library. I was impressed to be able to see and play my music on this computer while working.
Back home, I recently tried to download a music song from iCloud because I wanted the song to be on my computer. This is when I got this warning. What a shame.
iTunes Match prevents us from listening to our music wherever we want. This is the worst iCloud constrain that I discovered. What is this silly rule probably imposed to Apple from the recording music companies?
I wonder how Apple will remove this from iTunes. As of today, Ping is still available.
[Update #1: Seems that it is now officially dead.]