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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 Flunk on 9/8/2009 10:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
iTunes is a pretty bad service, it it literally easier to pirate music than iTunes. You would think that they would want to make it easy for their customers. You have to pay extra for music without DRM and the DRMed music is only compatible with Apple branded MP3 players. You HAVE to download a media player to use the store and that media player installs a file server application (Bonjour) that shares your files without telling you clearly that it is.

I'm also not keen on the iTunes interface on Windows or its poor performance but those are less important arguments.


RE: ITune Rules!
By encryptkeeper on 9/8/2009 3:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
You're always going to have worthless applications installed with useful ones, particularly entertainment software. I would agree Bonjour is a problem except you can uninstall it without any adverse affects to iTunes, so it's really not anything worth worrying about.

As for problems with iTunes and a lot of music, I have no idea why some people have problems and some don't. I have 38GB of music in my iTunes, AND all of the artwork and it rolls with no hiccups or hesitation. It would be interesting to find out why.


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