Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:33 UTC
Multimedia, AV

Nilay Patel on the further disappearance of the headphone jack, and its replacement, Bluetooth:

To improve Bluetooth, platform vendors like Apple and Google are riffing on top of it, and that means they’re building custom solutions. And building custom solutions means they’re taking the opportunity to prioritize their own products, because that is a fair and rational thing for platform vendors to do.

Unfortunately, what is fair and rational for platform vendors isn’t always great for markets, competition, or consumers. And at the end of this road, we will have taken a simple, universal thing that enabled a vibrant market with tons of options for every consumer, and turned it into yet another limited market defined by ecosystem lock-in.

This is exactly what's happening, and it is turning something simple and straightforward - get headphones, plug it in literally every single piece of headphones-enabled audio equipment made in the last 100 years, and have it work - into an incompatibility nightmare. And this incompatibility nightmare is growing and getting worse, moving beyond just non-standard Bluetooth; you can't use Apple Music with speakers from Google or Amazon, and Spotify doesn't work on the Apple Watch.

Removing the headphone jack was a user-hostile move when Apple did it, and it's still a user-hostile move when Google does it.

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RE[2]: DRM is the future
by tylerdurden on Sat 7th Oct 2017 01:09 UTC in reply to "RE: DRM is the future"
tylerdurden
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The two things we're talking about are orthogonal, and one does not necessarily negate the other.

Removing the headphone jack is a great cost cutting measure. Yes, it does simply the design. And in the case of Apple it opens a new revenue stream of accessories.

It also eliminates the last major analog unsigned output. In case you haven't noticed, apple is no longer just a vendor of HW, but is also a media ecosystem especially as iOS is concerned. There's nothing "conspiratorial" in what I wrote. Revenues from media are highly depend on the ability to control it's distribution, if they aren't going to be subsidized by advertisement.

Edited 2017-10-07 01:16 UTC

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