Streaming radio is nothing new - I was one of the Original LIVE365 Broadcasters, I ran a show once a week for a couple of MP3 sites highlighting bands that had pages on those sites. O did it all through WinAMP using a plugin that allowed me to play songs and speak in a microphone on the fly, from another PC on my Network. I ran it all through a Mixer. WinAMP would crash Big Time cos it never releases any of the Memory it uses, or the Version of WinAMP I used back then didn't.
Back then, Live365 was free, they changed it to a paid service about about 2 years. My friend still broadcasts live, he runs a station 24/7.
So, iTunes Radio, are we locked into using only Apple DRMmed music, or can we use MP3 files as well? This is the one thing I like about iTunes, it used to allow me to convert any Apple file into an MP3. I think that is blocked off now? But there are still programs like Sound Taxi that can convert your whole Apple Library to MP3s - I had to do this for an old Girlfriend who needed 3 hours of Music for a therapy thing she was doing, all of her songs were AACs. I was able to convert all of them to MP3.
I'll have to look into this, like how does it work, can I BROADCAST an iTunes Radio station? I'll have to look into the article with more scrutiny.
They started with iPods - Only iTunes was able to populate an iPod with Music. This is no longer the case, there are 3rd party WMP plugins - I have one - that allow you to plug an iPod into a PC and via WMP you can move your playlists and MP3s over to the iPod and it all shows up in the Music Player.
As iPods changed from strict Music players to devices that can do many more things, they then created the iPhone, which used iTunes to populate the iPhone with apps and Music.
This is their whole Market now - Although Apple never had a greater Market Share for their Computing Platforms, they had a dedicated User Base, so MACOS being attached to Mac Only Computers mostly could not be compared to Windows, as Windows can be installed to all manner of Computers, even Macs now.
Apple has always maintained that their OSs and Control systems are part of the actual Device or Computer. This is why they are so stingy with it, Apple doesn't WANT to allow MACOS to run on a PC machine. Many people don't agree so they develop Hackintosh and OSx32- But Apple does not sanction it. There was a company that sold PCs loaded with MACOS, Apple ran them out of Bidness.
But one thing Apple did not do was to completely Alienate PC users from Mac Devices - Ergo, they develop iTunes for those platforms. I wish they would have kept developing Safari for Windows, but they stopped, and the last version, 5.1.7, is not very good for Windows 7 and 8.
2012 OSX 7.13% marketshare
(these numbers are a from a few minutes of searching the intertubes. If you find them to be off, please post what you find.)
It's been known for a long time that the success of iOS has created more Mac adoption. The halo effect I think it is called.
Get rid of the mac lineup? Why? Is it hurting them? Are they struggling with resources right now? I would bet that every department has every resource they need and they are not trying to figure out how to make things work. They are working, making products and I don't hear any excuses from them on how things aren't working because of resources. 3rd party negotiations are the only thing that seems to hinder product development (record companies, movie companies etc).
So again, why dump the Mac line?
I know a guy I argue Mac vs. PC all the time with. He says the same thing. Apple should get out of the hardware business. Why do you guys do that? What is it about the Mac hardware that keeps you guys attacking it? People seem to love MacBooks and other Mac hardware, but you suggest they should get out of it.
Apple - Mac Pro scroll down on the page to see the content.
Apple uses the same stuff Dell and HP use - the difference is in their BIOS system. I don't think Apple should stop making Macbooks and Titanium Towers, no Way!