The Macalope Weekly: Reactionaries
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:54 AM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:56 AM
It was a usability disaster. Besides requiring to put all your music in their ATRAC3 file format, you had to "check out" songs on your desktop to transfer to your player. And if you just deleted them off the player before checking them back in, too bad, you used up one of the three copies you were allowed to have. And this applied to all songs, even ones you encoded yourself from your own CDs.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:00 AM
"See and Say" nearly precipitated nasal beverage projection. You should come with a warning label, Mr. Macalope.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:15 AM
If MS is looking to compete with Kindle, Amazon (very tough customer), or Nook, Barnes and Noble (who they signed a deal with but a weak competitor, Nokia?); perhaps they may succeed at the veto margin end thereby putting their OEMs between Apple and MS, Nook, and Kindle -now that's partnering writ big.
If they intend to directly compete at the 10inch model with Apple, this had Zune written all over it and will drive Samsung et al nuts.
Standby for MS and Android doom for Apple, but history will play some interesting scenes to come. Please note all this is competing with where the puck was and is, Sept Apple announcements will be about where the puck will be.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:09 AM
Yes, Everyone is now worried that Ms. Siri is going to be roughed up by "fishing attacks" from various evil sharks and barracudas (facetiousness).
This post has been edited by Harvey: 16 June 2012 - 08:11 AM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:39 AM
Ha! Love it! ;-)
Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:52 AM
Me thinks he is taking controlled substances for bringing in MS in his scenario.
Sony had done some fairly nifty things like the cassette tape walkman and the MD walkman, but nothing near the simplicity of use that the iPod has, nor the ecosystem. I loved the MD walkman and have 2 of them still, but its a royal bitch to work through the menus to actually do anything. And the times I errassed recordings by mistake, because the MD walkman started recording - like a tape recorder - from the time position you currently where at, instead of the "end" of the disk... well... I wasnt happy.
Samsung had to my knowledge no history of invention at that time (do they today even?) but where a really good manufacture.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:03 AM
Now speaking of alternate realities, Apple is akin to George Bailey bringing low pricing and reasonable licensing terms to software and in many ways Microsoft is like Mr. Potter keeping software pricing high and licensing terms exclusionary and somewhat draconian. Thank God George Bailey, um I mean Apple, was born and continues to innovate. Here's to continuing great inexpensive software like GarageBand on iOS, GoodReader, Instapaper, iThoughts HD, etc... In the Apple universe. And that is one thing that Apple learned very well from Mr. Ballmer -- Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers,..