Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th May 2013 16:59 UTC
Apple At the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again took the stage to be interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. While most of the interview can be replicated by picking and reading 10 random Apple fanblog stories - there were still a number of very interesting things that warrant some closer scrutiny.
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RE[2]: iTunes store on Android
by tessmonsta on Thu 30th May 2013 02:46 UTC in reply to "RE: iTunes store on Android"
tessmonsta
Member since:
2009-07-16

It seems to me that Apple's business model is to perpetuate themselves as a premium hardware company by producing designer computing and mobile device products with less (read cheaper) hardware specifications than the competition, and while utilizing walled application gardens to enforce planned obsolescence in order to create a recurring revenue stream. Meanwhile, leveraging subsidized iPhones as a gateway device for the uncertain or for those that cannot afford their premium PC devices.

At least, that's how it seems to me.

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krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Apple is a hardware company. Everything else that Apple does is geared to selling Apple HW. If they make money on media or apps sales that is only icing on the cake.
Under their current model they would never (IMO) make iTunes available to Android. It would not sell any HW for Apple and it would lesson the user experience for the Apple (media) customer. Apple makes the most complete media consumption echo system and adding Android makes no sense. Apple is about selling a complete HW echo system.
They do partner with media companies (Netflix,NHL,TV) But they don't like partnering with HW manufactures that compete in the same niche as Apple HW. That is one reason why they are trying to get rid of Samsung in their supply chain as much as possible.
I have a feeling this will be bad for Samsung in the long run. Their profits from supplying Apple products is probably a significant part of their current record profits. Android profits are razor thin! and difficult to maintain.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Apple is a hardware company. Everything else that Apple does is geared to selling Apple HW. If they make money on media or apps sales that is only icing on the cake.
Under their current model they would never (IMO) make iTunes available to Android. It would not sell any HW for Apple and it would lesson the user experience for the Apple (media) customer.

I fail to see how it would change the media experience for the Apple customers with Apple devices, either in the negative or positive. Their software on Android is likely to be complete shit of course (look at iTunes for Windows), but they'll do it if they think they'll get enough money out of it. They could even use it to try to push Apple devices, e.g. don't like the iTunes experience on Android? Get yourself an iPhone or iPad instead.
Were Jobs still running the show at Apple I'd have said you were absolutely right, and they'd never do it. I'm not sure that things will remain as they were with Cook and others in charge now, and things may change. Apple is a business with the goal of maximizing revinue as much as possible. Business models and philosophies evolve and change over time if those in charge of said business are smart and wish to continue to thrive in a changing market.

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RE[4]: iTunes store on Android
by zima on Sat 1st Jun 2013 13:01 in reply to "RE[3]: iTunes store on Android"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple makes the most complete media consumption echo system and adding Android makes no sense. Apple is about selling a complete HW echo system.

(emphasis mine) interesting typo...

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