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: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 6th Oct 2017 14:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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Growing pains are just that but they don't last forever.

The `quality` argument is not a real argument, it's a red herring.

Bluetooth may not be great for audio now, but again, that won't last forever - especially with a huge push to switch to bluetooth. It -will- get better.

Regarding Apple's reasoning for dumping the connector.. I've also read they wanted to reclaim some ever-so-valuable realty inside ever-more-compact cellphone innards. Both are legitimate & logical.

People are pissed. I get it. This change-over has not been well-planned. It's inconvenient. There's cost attached to the user in adapters. But this simply won't be the case forever. It's happening whether people like it or not. Look on the bright side. Very few is anyone actually needs a new cellphone, and no one is being forced to buy products that no longer support the connector. The truth is you DO have choice and you CAN let your opinion be heard through your purchasing decisions.

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