Woz thinks iTunes should be released for Android

Woz thinks iTunes should be released for Android
Steve Wozniak is one of our favorite people in the world. He's the epitome of the lovable geek, and he's honest about his opinions. He is living proof that your inner self will not burn if you appreciate both Apple and Android for different reasons. Essentially, he is the anti-fanboy, and that's why we love him. Today, during an "Ask Me Anything" session on Slashdot, Woz had a few more gems of insight about technology, Apple, and Android. 

As any good anti-fanboy would, Woz succinctly explained why there is the perception that Apple has become "less relevant" over the past couple years. Woz says that although "iPhones are not inferior to other smartphones... and iOS 6 is not inferior to Android" maybe the reason Apple has lost sales to other companies has more to do with screen size, and the absence of choice with Apple. Still, Woz is quick to note that "as an Apple shareholder", he is extremely wealthy Apple is extremely good at turning a profit. 

Woz also got into his inner conundrum of being someone who loves "the quality of Apple products", but still holds the "core values of openness and sharing of technology." Woz points to the turning point in Apple's history as the time it took over the music industry with the iTunes/iPod combo, and that was all thanks to porting iTunes to Windows in order to cover "100% of the world's market" (apparently, Woz doesn't consider Linux in his math), so he thinks:

It's an interesting thought, but we're not sure Woz is thinking that through all the way. iTunes is Apple's number one tool for selling hardware. Porting iTunes to Windows worked because the aim was to sell iPods, not Macs. The idea of porting iTunes to Android is more akin to licensing MacOS because it removes a big reason to buy Apple hardware, because suddenly your investment in the iTunes Store (aside from apps) would no longer be tied to Apple hardware. 

Additionally, we have to remember that all of Apple's profits come from hardware. iTunes doesn't make money. iTunes sustains itself, and no more. Putting it on more platforms will add revenue, but not necessarily profit. So, Apple would be out the money to develop the software with no appreciable gain, except to make users happy who have already abandoned iOS in favor of Android. Sure, the users would like that, but where's the motivation for Apple?

Overall, a very interesting chat with Woz today. For the full text, head to the source.

What do you think about Woz's ideas on Apple/Android?

source: Slashdot



1. SleepingOz unregistered

This idea is not bad at all, but we all know that Apple will never allow that.

22. Volcomguy51

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 23, 2011

Good idea, but we might get sued. I feel red thumbs coming already.

64. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

will, since we will still have drag and drop and the openness, that would be great... but i wish it would update latest android versions on any android device, that would be awesome :P

76. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Woz is one guy the whole android community loves and all Apple sheep love to hate but cant ignore! He is right ...there is nothing wrong with porting a great system to another platform...heck it might get Apple's sorry a$$ some love from us androids! Woz isnt biased and that I can respect :)

86. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

agree with you bro

29. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I f**king hate iTunes. Don't even talk about it on Android platform.

38. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

No one is forcing you to use it. Note the purpose of this article: "freedom of choice" and "openness."

45. MeoCao unregistered

Google Play Store is improving fast, you have Amazon which is as good as iTunes, and there are many other streaming services as well. We never lack choice with Android b-c Android supports all standard media formats unlike iOS.

46. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Google Play Store and Amazon don't help those who have invested a lot of cash in iTunes that are considering a switch to Android but won't because they their data is tied up in iTunes.

50. MeoCao unregistered

There are many tools that help you convert iTunes collections to standard formats.

55. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

The average consumer isn't going to invest the time in 3rd-party tools when considering the switch, regardless of how simple it may seem to you or I. It's too much of an inconvenience. They would use software they already know.

56. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

One pretty simple way, and cheap depending on the size of your music collection, is to burn music CDs of your library. Not in mp3, but with the format that can be played in any CD player. Then after that rip it to your PC. You lose the DRM when converting for audio CD. This obviously is only for music, but the only cost is blank CDs which are dirt cheap and anyone can burn/rip CDs.

82. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

if you switched from an iphone to an Android, just download Google Music to your computer & select "Itunes" for the option to transfer music to your android device. you also have to make sure the app Play Music is already downloaded on your phone. Hope this helps. =O)

41. SleepingOz unregistered

I don't like itunes as well but I like the idea of buying a single app and use it on both platforms. I, personally don't use any iOS device but I know a lot of people using Android as phone and iOS(iPad) as tab. And this would facilitate the switch from iOS to Android(vice versa).

51. MeoCao unregistered

In this case just call Apple to use standard file formats, but they won't so Woz's talk is for nothing.

78. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I hated itunes with all my soul even when I liked the 3gs as my first smartphone

44. MeoCao unregistered

No thanks Woz, we have Play store. It will get better very soon.

63. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Say android users to Woz, "No thanks."

2. bragzter

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

I personally don't like or use iTunes. It's a waste and a headache, especially when managing multiple devices. User profiles to set up, music has to be converted to aac format, why can't it remain as mp3. Apple is like a communist state and people just don't see it. They demand you do things their way or no way.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

All the songs I have on iTunes are on my SD card. Its actually not hard at all and takes a few seconds for each song.

9. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yep. Google Play music > iTunes

11. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I just wish that google make a desktop app. I find it very nice to have the "mini" player on my taskbar to quickly pause and skip songs. If you have more than one iDevice, it wants to sync EVERYTHING. Apple has no idea that the function of an iPad isn't the same as a phone.... or an iPod.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

Would be awesome!

80. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

I completely disagree. Currently ITunes >>>Google Music

87. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Until you can add songs previously bought or downloaded to the cloud from your computer. You can't touch me. Not even close. Sorry but try again.

19. jstoned

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Nuff Said for all you comunist Bi%*H ass I-TARDS

36. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

iTunes is what kept me from iPods during the whole mp3 Boom... Maybe I grew up old styled, but I absolutely love drag n drop... even though it might be a little more work... I feel in charge of my files... But I understand the people who likes iTunes... it is just not me... And for Android we have Double Twist anyway

89. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

100% iTunes kept me away from iPods and playlists too. Because I am old school. The thing is they say it's easier to do when it's not. It's actually harder. Although iFans will believe any crap Apple tells them.

52. MeoCao unregistered

Good comparison, iron curtain it is.

69. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

uh...mine run just fine on mp3, i'm not exactly sure where you are having problems the stuff i have bought from the store is aac, but i am free to use, convert and transfer mp3s unless my ipod is somehow malfunctioning

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