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Android's all-star lineup (some of which is pictured here) has propelled it to top RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple (iPhone) in the smartphone market.
Google posts an amazing 886 percent year-to-year growth in sales

When Google's Android mobile OS launched it was met with skepticism, pessimism, and doubt. Slowly but surely, Google recruited new hardware partners, launched new handsets, eventually reaching sales of 65,000 units a day -- then 100,000.  And Google maintained a relentless pace of OS releases -- with such high profile updates as Android 1.5, 2.02.1, and, most recently, 2.2 (Froyo).

Now market researcher Canalys claims that Google is now the top player in the U.S. smartphone market in terms of market share.  According to Canalys's extensive study, Google owns 34 percent of the market compared to Research in Motion's 32 percent and Apple's 21.7 percent.

Propelled by wildly successful handsets like HTC Hero (October 2009), Motorola Droid (November 2009), HTC Droid Incredible (April 2010), HTC EVO 4G (June 2010), and Motorola Droid X (July 2010), Google has dominated the market with an astounding sales growth of 886 percent.

Perhaps the only analogy to what Google is doing in the history of operating systems is Microsoft's incredible conquest of the personal computer operating system market with Windows.  Much like Windows, Google's multi-hardware OEM, open approach, focused on providing customers with a broad array of choices, is crushing its more specialized competitors, like Apple (which ironically was similarly crushed by Microsoft in the PC OS market).

That's not to say that Apple or RIM are posting financial losses.  In fact, Apple grew 61 percent in sales year-to-year and RIM grew 41 percent.  What is happening, though, is that they appear to be missing the growth opportunity that Android has found with its open, third-party hardware model.

Android's success looks especially scary considering that it appears to just be getting warmed up. Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" should launch this holiday season with some pretty amazing new features. Motorola, HTC, and others are reportedly already cooking up new high end handsets to accompany the OS launch.

In terms of individual hardware OEMs, Nokia still is the dominant party, owning 38 percent of the market. Overall smartphone sales rose 64 percent on a year-to-year basis.

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By damianrobertjones on 8/2/2010 5:03:02 PM , Rating: 5
I JUST HOPE that all you Android owners also ditch iTunes.

That bloatware uses SIX (Yes, six) services alone, with MobileMe, Bonjour and tries to get safari onto your machines as well.

Please, get rid of iTunes

RE: iTunes
By Goty on 8/2/2010 5:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've been searching for a suitable replacement since I dropped my iphone, but I haven't found anything useful yet. doubleTwist is frankly just annoying to use, Songbird doesn't sync correctly with my phone, Banshee is linux-only, etc.

Do you have an recommendations?

RE: iTunes
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2010 6:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
The best I found so far was double twist. But I uninstalled, I prefer just copy and paste onto the SD card, I also use the d-link DNS321 along with andftp (which is free on Android market) to sync from anywhere.

RE: iTunes
By ajdavis on 8/2/2010 7:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Media Monkey is a pretty good, if not totally free, alternative.

RE: iTunes
By Falacer on 8/3/2010 12:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
This is what I use.

RE: iTunes
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/2/2010 7:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
You could give Winamp a try. They just added Android syncing support with the latest update. I know CD rip and burn speeds are limited in the free version, and conversion to MP3 is prohibited. Not sure what other limitations apply to the free version as I've been using Pro for years. Pro costs $25 and has free updates until the next major revision (ie, whenever they move from 5.x to 6.x). It supports basically every audio format anyone could want (including ogg and flac) and there are community add-ons available. As for purchasing songs, I think there is an optional eMusic bundle, but I didn't install it. You could always just buy non-DRM files from the likes of Amazon or Wal-Mart and import them.

RE: iTunes
By RjBass on 8/3/2010 12:10:43 AM , Rating: 3

RE: iTunes
By quiksilvr on 8/3/2010 9:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
YES! Winamp for the win. It's insanely flexible, supports that pesky .m4a format and doesn't eat up 200MB of HDD space (and has a small memory footprint)

RE: iTunes
By Hieyeck on 8/4/2010 3:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Just disable the winamp5 themes and you're golden :)

RE: iTunes
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2010 5:58:39 PM , Rating: 4
<quote >I JUST HOPE that all you Android owners also ditch iTunes.

That's for sure after I ebay'd the family's ipods, removed itunes, and wow the computers sped up, didn't realize how much resource it was using.........

RE: iTunes
By InternetGeek on 8/2/2010 7:26:33 PM , Rating: 3
You guys might laugh at this, but I'm using Zune. I've ripped all my music to lossless for archiving. From there I used Zune to convert everything into mp4's that my Nexus One can reproduce with no issues.

Because I have an xbox it recognizes the music in my PC so I can play it out when I have friends over, and because it's lossless it sounds perfect.

RE: iTunes
By feraltoad on 8/2/2010 8:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Could you describe your process? I have most of my music in windows lossless and I'm still looking for an easier way to share music with my phone.

In my dream world I have a Zune app for my Droid.

RE: iTunes
By InternetGeek on 8/3/2010 7:40:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully, you'll get this. But to convert to MP4 you have two options. Handbrake or Expression Encoder. Depending on who you work for Encoder comes in a MSDN subscription. I also use it to record presentations and other materials I prepare.

Handbrake will do the conversion of either music or videos for free for you. And believe it or not the only thing needed to convert music for the Nexus One is an MP4 encoder, and make sure it saves the files using ".mp4" as extension. By default Handbrake and Encoder will use ".m4p".

That's it.

RE: iTunes
By omnicronx on 8/3/2010 1:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
It kind of also depends on what kind of lossless audio you have, there are many free encoders out there.

Are you talking Apple Lossless? OR something like Flac?

For a quick and dirty, just use something like like foobar2000.(its a free music player that plays pretty much anything). Load up your files, highlight the files you want converted, right click and press convert. A screen will pop up and you just have to select the output format. (I think android supports formats like Ogg vorbis, AAC, and obviously MP3).

Remember mp4 is just a container ;) It can contain pretty much anything from lossless to a plain old mp3.

RE: iTunes
By feraltoad on 8/4/2010 5:13:00 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the info! I was hoping that you were using the Zune s/w to convert/manage a library of alternate formats. Looks like I will have to quit being so lazy or just stick to having my music collection on my Zune and Slacker/Pandora on the phone.

RE: iTunes
By InternetGeek on 8/3/2010 7:42:07 AM , Rating: 2
Also, It's possible Zune will come to Android. Just recently, it was announced that Mono's port to Android is mostly done. This means .NET developers and their tools in both WP7 and Android.

RE: iTunes
By OnyxNite on 8/3/2010 11:01:29 AM , Rating: 2
Except the Mono dev tools for android cost hundreds of dollars* while they are free on WP7. That being the case I don't think .Net developers are going to flock to android.

* Last I heard MonoDroid would be priced similarly to MonoTouch which costs from $400 to $1000 depending on which license you get (Personal or Corporate.)

RE: iTunes
By AstroCreep on 8/2/2010 8:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need all that junk:
The article is a little older, but it still holds up well.

A good argument for wanting to "Slim-down" the install? No, not at all. I am a bit of a minimalist and frankly, wouldn't use iTunes if it weren't for my iPhone.
I can't wait for Android 2.2 to start showing up; I want to see how well the new Exchange support works. At this point we're limited to ActiveSync-based phones at my work, which in turn limits us to WinMo or iPhone.

RE: iTunes
By kmmatney on 8/2/2010 10:07:01 PM , Rating: 2
After installing iTunes, you can go in and uninstall Bonjour, MobileMe and a few other things. I think its down to 1 or 2 services for me, and not slowing anyhting down. I've never been able to find a good alternative to iTunes, and found that after you take a few seconds to configure it and remove the crap you don't need, it works well.

RE: iTunes
By jimbojimbo on 8/3/2010 3:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
If I can remove Quicktime as well maybe I wouldn't hate it so much.

RE: iTunes
By hughlle on 8/3/2010 4:24:31 AM , Rating: 3
Whry do you assume we have itunes installed?

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