Apple Music is launching this week. The influences and features dragged over from the Beats app are pretty obvious.
See this screenshot from the Beats app:
Compared to this screenshot from the new Apple Music app:
But what was even stranger to me was how much was made of Apple’s decision to offer a three month free trial.
No one made any objections when Beats Music made the same offer of three months free for new users past year.
Why the sudden outcry now? Is it because of Apple’s size? Because the music labels actually fear that Apple will get real number of users as opposed to the Beata app.
I’ve always had a weird reaction to cheap Android phones. The high end phones were priced about the same as Apple’s iPhones (even if arguably with better specs on paper). But the cheap phones were awful. Low memory, bad screens, slow processors, Android that is two versions behind.
However, recently affordable Android phones have really been appealing. I attributed this to many developing countries adopting mobile platforms and not being able to afford the unsubsidized prices of $700 phones.
Check out this list of great phones! All of these run the newest version of Android and are compelling feature wise – not just simple also-made phones.
Moto E – $149
Lenovo A7000 – $169
Alcatel Idol 3 -$200
Xiaomi Mi Note – $370
iPad sales have been down lately. And not just lately, but its a downward trend for sometime. Simply making the iPad thinner isn’t going to bump sales.
The common story is that everyone’s iPad 2 serves them just fine and the new ones don’t offer any features they desire.
Remember those rumors about dual screen capability on the iPad? I cannot wait for this to happen. There are so many instances where I am streaming a video on Netflix, but also need to draft a quick email response.
This is a feature that people could get on board with. It would help make the iPad more useful. And for the processing power required to run two apps smoothly at once – Apple could require newer hardware. This would encourage new iPad adoption.
It is silly that I am more likely to find the app I’m looking for by searching Google for “xyz app iTunes” and getting a link to the app than to use the actual App Store search.
My predictions for the big announcement tomorrow from Apple:
- New iPhone
- 4.7 inch
- No 5.5 inch
- bigger capacity (smallest is 32GB)
- New “iWatch” device
- Won’t be a watch, but a “wearable” that manufacturers can design straps”holsters” for like cases for the iPhone
- New Apple TV
- Everyone has forgotten about the rumors for this since the iWatch has taken over. But supplies of the Apple TV have dwindled, and its due for an upgrade.
- New iPads
- I know this is a bit out of place, but I think they are going to quietly update these. I saw the old iPad mini was on a $100 discount at my local Best Buy this weekend, like they were clearing inventory. That’s typically a sign.
“Or to simplify things (!!!): you’ll have Google Play, the online store with apps, movies, TV, music, books and NewsStand; Google Play Music for downloads you purchase; Google Play Music Key for on-demand streaming; and now YouTube Music Key for on-demand, streaming of stuff from YouTube.
Apparently, just calling the whole thing “Google Music” was not considered?”
–TechCrunch on Google’s new YouTube based music service.
Reminds me of this old gem: