iTunes' next big step

by Francois Joseph de Kermadec

As part of its iPod+iTunes expansion scheme, Apple recently made some important changes. Strangely enough however, these were almost obliterated by the more popular Nike co-branding and the arrival of the first MacBook units. Yet, we may have witnessed and ignored the one thing that is going to propel iTunes into its next level of success.

15 Comments

Lee Noble
2006-05-26 04:08:12
Gaaaah! It infuriates me enough to see it on Slashdot which is supposedly the domain of intelligent people, yet to see it written by someone who is paid to write for a living makes my blood boil. It is spelt L O S E for crying out Pete's sake. You just lost all credibility with that one word.
FJ
2006-05-26 04:13:25
Lee,


Thanks for pointing out that typo. It's spelt "lose" indeed.


As far as losing all credibility, well, I guess that's the way it goes. Worry not, though, some would say I had so little left it doesn't matter much anyway. ;-)


Thanks again,
FJ

Alex
2006-05-26 05:16:31
Unlike that snotty jerk above, I really couldn't care less about your spelling, but I don't quite get what the big news is. ("So what's the big news?") Is there an iTunes API now available? And what are the first few real iTunes Music Store web interfaces?
ad
2006-05-26 07:29:43
This article is such a waste. What big step? Nothing. I read that all for nothing. A lame recap of the past few years of Web and iTMS history? Jesus. Lame.
FJ
2006-05-26 07:52:25
Alex,


While I do not believe an iTunes API is officially available to the public, something along these lines seems to have been made available to a few select partners, namely radio stations who are, so far, the first to use iTunes in this fashion.


FJ

FJ
2006-05-26 07:53:13
ad,


First of all, may I invite you to read the yellow pad at the bottom? Also, I do not believe the event I am describing here accounts for a recap of the "past few years". If you'd care to elaborate on your comments, I'm sure I'd be able to better answer your concerns.


FJ

Zac
2006-05-26 09:26:36
[insert inflammatory comment here]
FJ
2006-05-26 09:34:50
Zac,


Would you care to elaborate?


[Puts on asbestos coat]

??
2006-05-26 09:43:12
would you just stop writing these "non-articles"??? pure nonsense
FJ
2006-05-26 09:46:35
??,


Would you care to elaborate on why this is nonsense to you?


FJ

JOnathan Bruce
2006-05-26 10:02:42
I agree with your sentiments here and something morphing around iTMS in the guise of iTMS labs would probably have a nice halo affect of spurring innovation around what they are doing. I would imagine, however that Apple will do in such a way to ensure a measureable uptick in traffic and eventual revenue, much in the same way Google's APIs have the simple effect of multiplying their traffic beyound the browser context.
FJ
2006-05-26 10:06:08
Jonathan,


I would assume so indeed and it definitely seems to be the direction in which this is heading.


Thanks for taking the time to post,
FJ

Don
2006-05-26 14:39:26
What make my blood boil is not spelling or grammatical errors but the use of the term "semantic web" with equivalence to an "interconnected Internet". What, how vague is that? Interconnected Internet: doesn't that just need to be added to the top of the world's biggest antioxymoron list. And on the same day I see the flames about O'Reilly's claim to rights over the term "Web 2.0" (too many "s in this comment post). Their service mark claim for the term Web 2.0 just seems such hypocrisy.
FJ
2006-05-26 14:46:12
Don,


Two things, if I may:


1. "Interconnected Internet" is, indeed, redundant when taken literally, which is why I underline the fact it is "how I'd call it" -- now, "Semantic Web", while being the Proper Expression doesn't mean much either when one looks into it too much, like any such idioms. As I explain in the article, it is about integrating sites in a deeper, more meaningful fashion than what raw HTML linking allows for.


2. As far as O'Reilly's claims on the "Web 2.0" service mark, I invite you to look up the O'Reilly radar for more explanations on the topic and follow-up commentary from O'Reilly staff. Being an independent contributor like most bloggers on the network, I assure you I have nothing to do with this matter -- nor do I wish to take sides here.


FJ

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2007-03-16 02:29:43
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