Why is it that a 3rd party music service is more directly integrated across multiple platforms than the platform owner itself?

Apple is bringing this idea of an ecosystem to the floor, but it seems to be failing to capitalise with some of it’s simplest products.

Comparing Spotify to iTunes, you’d struggle to think which of these products was created by the platform owner.

Spotify can continue playing on device A where device B left off. It can choose songs to be played on device B from device C, whilst downloading a playlist to device A. All of these devices are designed and manufactured by Apple, and yet the Apple music ecosystem is nowhere near as well implemented as this upstart.

Slow, confusing iTunes Match, A non-existant “social” integration (Ping, lol), iTunes Radio’s US-only Pandora/LastFM also-ran, Questionable Genius selections, Managing “Authorised” devices. It all takes it’s time and it’s toll on a supposedly premium experience.

It also disappoints in the supposedly simple functionality whereby you have a song on your computer, and you want to put it on your high-end mobile phone. The most fundamental of tasks — “take this song and put it on my phone” — and it’s a multi-step needlessly complicated process that pays no attention to the way we live our digital lives.

No wonder streaming music services are so popular.

Traditionally, tight integration between software and hardware have been enough to differentiate Apple from the rest, but in a world where organisations must integrate software, hardware and services the biggest company in the world is falling short, and put to shame by well-integrated third party applications.

Spotify on iPad

Spotify on iPad



by Simon C Roberts

Blue Bottle

We call Amazon a tech company, but is it really? When every company is on the Internet, how do we decide which are Internet companies?

Quite true.

Although “technology”, etymologically is a little vague and has it’s roots in Greek.

Technology (from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[1]) is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem

Surely technology is an approach rather than a particular theme for a business. And I don’t know many young, successful companies that shun technology completely and find success.

March 27th 2014 Tags :

"And now my kids don't die."

Imagine how many lives, how much money, how much time has been wasted pedalling and protecting ourselves from ideas born of ignorance.

Critical thinking is paramount. It outstrips many formally-taught subjects that it forms the basis of.

Some ideas are so dangerous, so sticky that it can take decades to stamp them out. Institutionalised ignorance on a mass scale is not going to be dislodged by a newspaper redaction and a PR campaign.

Mental pitfalls like “Vaccinations cause autism”, “Homeopathy is worth funding”, form the basis of modern-day Darwinian Natural Selection. And when it comes to this, I’m inclined to let these people live and die by their values if they choose to. However, what I really object to is when the decision affects a third party. Where their son or daughter have to live with the perils of those early parental decisions. Even a tome as outdated and archaic as the bible warns us against sins of the father.

March 24th 2014 Tags :