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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 Meinolf on 9/8/2009 10:42:40 AM , Rating: 1
I love the apps hate ITunes. Ever try loading a lot of music into ITunes it can't handle it when will they fix that?

RE: ITune Rules!
By JackBurton on 9/8/2009 12:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
I have 40GB+ music loaded into iTunes. No problems. What do you define as "a lot of music?"

As for iTunes, I love it! Great app and I've never had a problem with it and neither have the people I know that use it.

RE: ITune Rules!
By Inkjammer on 9/8/2009 1:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
The performance.

I have about 32GB of music and another 300GB of video, iTunes' performance nosedives when scrolling through my library (either music OR video). On a Q9550 with 8GB of RAM and a GTX 260 scrolling through iTunes is painful. A system that powerful shouldn't drag merely scrolling through track listings. Maybe the first time while it builds a cache, but not EVERY time. iTunes is the ONLY program I have that chugs like that.

It's not my PC's performance, either. I work for hours in Photoshop, 3DS Max, Premiere... never have a problem. iTunes? It's slow as hell. Everybody I know who has a sizable library has scaling performance issues in iTunes.

RE: ITune Rules!
By sprockkets on 9/8/2009 9:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
It has to do with the fact that Apple is too arsed to make it work well in Windows, and like others have said, is the worst at making slow resource hogging apps in Windows.

Part of it has to do with the fact that all the libraries and crap needed to run it slow it down on a PC, while on a Mac, it runs natively. It's Apple's sly way of saying, "Get a Mac, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!"

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