Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon entertainment ecosystems compared: see who wins

Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon entertainment ecosystems compared: see who wins
You’ve probably heard it before - specs are dead. Except, they are not of course. What is dead or at least quickly dying in mobile is the obsession with hardware forced upon users by laggy devices. The iPhone’s smoothness has set the standard, Windows Phone matches it and recently Android with Jelly Bean also finally arrives at buttery smooth user experience. And that means that the focus shifts more towards the device as a port to a platform, and in the most common case that is an entertainment platform.

So how well do Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, the four biggest players, do in entertainment across the globe? One thing is clear - they all have got the United States covered. Some better than others, but still well covered.

The real question is about the rest of the world. How well are the tech giants doing there?

MacStories has an interesting comparison of the geographical entertainment outreach of the big four. You can check it all out in interactive graphs at the source below, comparing the coverage of music, movie, TV series and book offerings of the companies across the globe. After looking at those graphs, you’d notice one thing - Apple wins big time in virtually every area except for books where Amazon is king.

Microsoft is often second best and Google comes third. It’s hard to say how much of a real difference this makes as it’s not clear how well digital goods are received in markets outside the United States. But having the choice is definitely a huge advantage, don’t you think?

source: MacStories

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28 Comments

1. THE-DARK-KNIGHT

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

When it comes to entertainment iTunes is the best.

7. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

youtube is the best

13. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol i must agree with you so the compition was apple VS MS VS Google VS amazon and the winner is YOUTUBE :P

25. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Yeah! totally agreed. In holiday normally I spend 5-6hrs on Youtube.

19. THE-DARK-KNIGHT

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Haha I couldn't agree more. That's one area where apple can never beat google.

28. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i agree with youtube!! its free and forever (hope so) will be!

8. MeoCao unregistered

Well Android does not have just 1 provider alone to rely on for content like iOS. Android supports almost all media formats and you can get your music anywhere and not have to be like a cattle within a walled garden. Android = FREEDOM.

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I guess they actively block those facts out though.....lol Android= KING

18. THE-DARK-KNIGHT

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

You have Netflix, Hulu and.... Am sorry am not from the USA but am sure there are other apps available on iOS. Just because android is open source that doesn't mean you have more services than us. Bloody android fanboy! You know nothing about ios. Don't make up stuff. I use both and I love both equally.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They mean other content providers, where you can get stuff outside the mainstream, like GetJar and such. IDevices can't do that without a jailbreak. Obviously relatively RATIONAL apple users know that, hence why they call it JAIL breaking!

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Itunes is an awful program, and in a comparison held by a site called MAC stories, what else would the results be?

2. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I'm sorry but i really think this is somewhat irrelevant. This deals exclusively with entertainment obtained from the os's respective app stores, which is not the main source of entertainment for some users. If android playstore does not have enough movies or e-books, i'm sure there are other sources to obtain them. (i don't really like e-books. they make my eyes hurt)

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I just can never enjoy squeeky noise of all these handheld devices. Prefer a full fledged music system playing dvd's. Prefer watching movies from 10 ft on a TV screen rather than thee devices which only scr3w up eyes more and more.

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Not being defensive or anything but sound quality from the galaxy series are really good. good when on-the-go. I agree about the movies though.

15. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

yes very irrelevant, if i want music then i go to spotify, if i want a book then i look at any book store on the internet.. movies on the other hand then most services suck anyway... or if im low on cash, screw the above and go piratebay!

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

In coming years Google will definitely overstep Apple & MS.the growth of Google ecosystem is rapid.

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

cant overtake you-tube lol they missed this one out :P

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Google owns YouTube, or most of it, if I recall correctly

24. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They do.

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes but it still works like its totall ecosystem of streming videos and its a good thing no...

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not just JB even ICS is fine. I don't find any so caleld "Lag"

9. MeoCao unregistered

Agreed, but JB is definitely better as it's smoother and more consistent with 60 fps.

10. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

who the hell even uses these things when you can get all of this for free!!

12. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

When you think entertainment.....TV,radio,apps,games, u cant stream on iphone...free music download on android.....google owns youtube...android can access Amazon...android screens are made for watching TV and gaming...iphone users basically do what blackberry users do just a little more...so really you have to base This off of youth. We all know the older crowd have move from blackberry to iphone.... Because its very much the same....

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

how about nokia+microsoft? i thought they have nokia maps, drive and nokia music? and its free

17. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

This story is bogus, everyone knows there aren't that many people out there using Microsoft Windows ImMobile. Besides, there are more Android phones in use Globally; granted there are just as many baaa-haaa-haaas using the other OS, but, Lloyd is King. I, on the other hand, use the PaPiStore (and, download everything to my various Android devices)!!

23. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

It doesn't matter how many markets your service is in, it just matters how good the service is in your market. How does the fact that iTunes is available in Sri Lanka help my experience in the US at all? Amazon is in very few markets, but if I'm in the US, its a great ecosystem. If I want to stream or get a music subscription, iTunes sucks.

27. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

There is a lag even in JB... If you think there is no lag and that it is "buttery smooth" you obviously havent had time behind a Windows Phone. Android has improved vastly on UI smoothness, but the lag is still present. Also stability is still not fixed on Android. The lag is not what bothers me the most on Android, the OS stability is. Phones restart, apps force close, unresponsiveness, freezes... That is why I will be upgrading from Windows Phone to Windows Phone and not looking back at Android.

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