Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 13:03 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. 'Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]', IDC said Tuesday. Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. 'Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape', according to IDC. In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 55 percent in last years' first quarter." On top of that, Apple got knocked out of the top five in India, where it's also bleeding market share. The America-centred large technology sites that dominate our reporting often fail to spot this huge problem for Apple: the company is only doing well in the US. It's losing everywhere else. And just in case you don't know: 'everywhere else' is 95% of the world, and that's where future growth is to be found. The fact that Apple hasn't addressed this yet is exactly why its shares aren't doing stellar anymore.
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RE: Why?
by mkone on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:52 UTC in reply to "Why?"
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

If iTunes sucks so badly, what are people using with Android that is so much better?

And why is the iTunes store the world's number one music store?

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RE[2]: Why?
by gan17 on Thu 27th Jun 2013 01:19 in reply to "RE: Why?"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Most complaints regarding the iOS-iTunes relationship are not about the purchasing experience, but the synching one. On Android, you just plug in a USB cord and 'drag-n-drop' whatever movies/music/docs, or just sync via Chrome on the desktop in the case of appointments and whatnot. There's no Google Play desktop app that you need to launch in order to do this.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Bobthearch on Thu 27th Jun 2013 03:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Yep. Plug the Samsung Galaxy Player or tablet into any computer and start swapping files. No special "i" software required, no restrictions, and no DRM.

Or almost as easy, copy any file from any computer onto a standard SD card and insert the card into the Galaxy Player. Try that on an iPod...

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RE[3]: Why?
by viton on Thu 27th Jun 2013 09:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

On Android, you just plug in a USB cord and 'drag-n-drop' whatever movies/music/docs
Same with iTunes. I don't care where to drag-n-drop my files - Finder or iTunes window.

Edited 2013-06-27 09:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Why?
by MOS6510 on Thu 27th Jun 2013 04:27 in reply to "RE: Why?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

iTunes isn't so bad. It's mostly people who don't use iTunes and iPhones who claim this. It's a mantra thing.

My wife and I both use iPhones and we don't synch to iTunes. Not that we dislike iTunes (I use it to play music all day), but there is no need to.

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RE[3]: Why?
by JAlexoid on Thu 27th Jun 2013 08:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

So... You don't take pictures? Or live in 100% Apple environment.(which is more likely)

Try your average person - you don't get photo syncing without iTunes.

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RE[2]: Why?
by fretinator on Thu 27th Jun 2013 18:25 in reply to "RE: Why?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

If iTunes sucks so badly, what are people using with Android that is so much better?


Most people I know have moved away from managing MP3 files themselves. For MP3's I buy (or rip from CD's), I have them in my Amazon cloud, and can play them from my phone (or tablet, PC, etc.). Most of the time, I use Google Music, which now functions very much like Spotify (which I used to use). I just search for Albums or Artist I like and listen to them. If I want, I can even download them to by device from the app for offline listening.

I haven't synchronized my phone with a PC in over 5 years. We've moved past the Palm Pilot days.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Yoko_T on Fri 28th Jun 2013 01:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"If iTunes sucks so badly, what are people using with Android that is so much better?


Most people I know have moved away from managing MP3 files themselves. For MP3's I buy (or rip from CD's), I have them in my Amazon cloud, and can play them from my phone (or tablet, PC, etc.). Most of the time, I use Google Music, which now functions very much like Spotify (which I used to use). I just search for Albums or Artist I like and listen to them. If I want, I can even download them to by device from the app for offline listening.




I haven't synchronized my phone with a PC in over 5 years. We've moved past the Palm Pilot days.
"

That's because you and the people you know are total and complete losers.

Say hello to everybody who's peeking into your every clould-based account,moron.

Hope for your sake that you don't have anything very valuable in any of them......

Edited 2013-06-28 01:40 UTC

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RE[2]: Why?
by Yoko_T on Fri 28th Jun 2013 01:17 in reply to "RE: Why?"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

If iTunes sucks so badly, what are people using with Android that is so much better?

And why is the iTunes store the world's number one music store?


Because people like you are *IDOITS* I rip the musics from cd's I bought 10 years ago to my tablets and phone,

Why the hell would I buy the same fracking stuff over and over again like losers like youreslf seem to do.

And no I don't subscribe to and nor do I have any desire to subrice to any lame-assed internet music store.

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RE[3]: Why?
by mkone on Fri 28th Jun 2013 07:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

"If iTunes sucks so badly, what are people using with Android that is so much better?

And why is the iTunes store the world's number one music store?


Because people like you are *IDOITS* I rip the musics from cd's I bought 10 years ago to my tablets and phone,

Why the hell would I buy the same fracking stuff over and over again like losers like youreslf seem to do.

And no I don't subscribe to and nor do I have any desire to subrice to any lame-assed internet music store.
"

If you are going to throw insults, at least spell them properly!

And in case you weren't aware, iTunes lets you rip CDs too, and even lets you access your ripped music through the "cloud" so you don't need to buy the same songs over and over again.

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