In early June this year Steve Jobs took the stage at the World Wide Developers Conference, talked about the runaway success of the iPad, said that iOS5 was ‘cutting the cord’ and started to talk about in the birth of the post-PC era.
Read the rest of the my post here.... http://www.vibes.com/mobile_marketing_company/blog/?p=325
Let’s obsess about what is best for the end user. We often make product decisions based on strategic alignment, partner requests or even legal advice — the end user doesn’t care. We simply have to admit that Apple is nailing this and it is one of the reasons they have people lining up overnight at stores around the world, and products sold out for months. These people aren’t hypnotized zombies, they simply love beautifully designed products that are user centric and work how they are supposed to work. Android has a major weakness — it will always lack the simplicity and elegance that comes with end-to-end device software, middleware and hardware control. We really have a great opportunity to build something new and “uniquely BlackBerry” with the QNX platform.
From the open letter of a RIM executive to his bosses
From the Apple Keynote WWDC 2011
If you don't renew the yearly $25 subscription, your iCloud store goes away. iTunes purchases will still be available to all devices, and anything that you have downloaded from iCloud to you devices you keep. This includes iTunes Plus versions you have chosen to replace older, lower quality rips in your main iTunes library. Apple explained that replacing those lower-quality rips is optional.
The biggest question amongst my tech obsessed friends is "What happens if you stop paying for iTunes Match". This is what I suspected (hoped really) the answer might be.
The above quote show what i think is a very interesting loophole that, uncommonly, benefits end-users AND Apple.
In short, you can pay for Match, use it for a year and then quit and have ALL of your music 'upgraded' and on your machine(s). This is truly great for the consumer and makes it easy to 'quit' the cloud if you want to without losing any part of your collection.
How this is good for Apple is that even if you quit iCloud you get all the features of it for music you purchase from Apple. So you could pay for the year, quit, and just keep buying everything from iTunes. If you want to keep buying from Amazon (or pirating) and have the benefits of iCloud, then you'll pay the $24.99. Which, I have to say, is dirt cheap considering i was very worried they would come out with a per song license cost.
Thanks Groupon but I can almost see your HQ from my window...
- You should be able to put ALL of your music into the service, not just the music you purchase, or have purchased from that service. This includes music that you have ripped yourself from CD's you have purchased. Yes RIAA will have to trust us on this.
- You should not have to upload your music (I have, today 25,775 songs, or 175.32 G of Music, though I realize thats above average). People that do not know what 175 gig means also do not know why that would take two months to send somewhere through their crappy ISP.
- Your music should be available anywhere you need it, even without a data connection. This means storing select music to each device as needed but especially to mobile devices.
- You should not have to maintain playlists, podcast positions, ratings, or anything related to your library in different ways in different places... those things should synchronize.