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The approval of spotify is a sign of change at Apple

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller has made it his personal mission to fix the iPhone's App Store.  Phil Shoemaker, Apple’s Director of Application Technology is also playing a hand.  Why would the top brass at a company like Apple be having to work so hard to "fix" a wildly successful marketplace that sold over a billion apps?  It boils down to one thing -- perception.

Apple has consistently shown inconsistency, approving usenet applications designed to assist in filesharing, while rejecting others that monitor your torrent client.  Likewise it rejected Google Voice, while approving a similar app from VoIP service Vonage.  Still other controversial apps -- like the infamous "Babyshaker" app -- it approved only to later reject.  However, there are some signs that Apple may finally be loosening up when it comes to its app store censorship.

This week Apple approved Spotify Mobile, a European music download service's application.  The app will compete directly with iTunes in digital music sales.

In the past, Apple forbade most applications that competed with the handful of applications it offers for the iPhone.  It relaxed this restriction slightly, recently allowing rival web browsers -- but only those based on WebKit, the rendering engine Apple's Safari browser uses.

For those interested, Spotify offers 6 million songs on-demand for $16.  You can stream songs to your phone, or download songs to listen to when offline.  You can even create and manage playlists in your account. 

Real Networks is currently working on a similar app for its own Rhapsody music subscription service.  It hopes its own app shares the same happy fate as Spotify.

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RE: ITune Rules!
By QueBert on 9/8/2009 10:32:13 AM , Rating: 0
Actually, for the music I listen to, iTunes has a MUCH better selection, and they have better video. I installed the Zune software on my PC and it basically shat on about 40% of my ID3 tags. All of which were meticulous. It changed shit as it felt needed for no reason, and randomly inserted cover art that didn't even come close to matching the song. It took me WEEKS of BS re-editing to get my tags right. I love Zune, NOOOT!

As software mp3 players both suck ass, iTunes wins for selection of music and apps though. Wait, Zune doesn't offer apps yet - my bad :(

RE: ITune Rules!
By Hieyeck on 9/8/2009 11:53:45 AM , Rating: 3

It's an MP3 player. Why the hell are you trying to do anything MORE on it? Why not just get the right hardware for the right job:

Movies: Archos / Cowon with a 5~" touch widescreen, instead of a dinky 3~"

Wifi: the multitudes of touchscreen netbooks with good battery, 10" screen, and a proper internet browser. And a stylus to boot.

Games: PSP/DS. 'nuf said.

All of the above: PSP/netbook/cowon. All on a larger screen and similar or better battery lives with no software restrictions.

OR pay attention to where you're walking so you 'tards can stop walking into me cause your game of Need for Speed is ever so important.

RE: ITune Rules!
By ersts on 9/8/2009 1:50:13 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Cowon D2, does almost everything I want it to (no h264 support).

Thought I have to admit, that touch wheel interface on ipods is unmatched. So much that Cowon somewhat implemented it on the i7.

However, people want only one device in their pocket to play games, music, and be their phone as well, and the iphone does it all for them.

I hope the new Nokia N900 puts its OpenCL to good use, because if they don't, Apple will rule every market soon.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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