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Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Services, spoke at Code Conference tonight alongside Planet of the Apps producer Ben Silverman to preview the show and debut the first trailer from the program. Cue and Silverman also teased several unique aspects of the show, including a dedicated app that allows you to watch the show in a non-linear format.

The format of the show is similar to that of fellow talent-based reality shows The Voice and Shark Tank. Aspiring app developers descend down an escalator while pitching four judges on their idea. By the time they get to the bottom, the judges must swipe left or right to demonstrate whether they're interested. If multiple judges swipe right on a contestant, the contestant gets to choose who they want to pair with. Once paired, the developer goes through an incubator period, getting advise from developers at big companies like Uber, until it's ready enough to pitch to Lightspeed Venture Partners for funding.

Silverman and Cue say that the show will debut a new episode every week starting in the Spring, rather than dumping the entire season on a single date, as Netflix tends to do. The show will also have a dedicated app that'll allow viewers to watch the show in a non-linear format. Within the app, people will have the opportunity to pause the linear version of the show to access unused footage of specific developers.

Apple wasn't the first choice for the show, according to Silverman. The project was initially shopped around to the big networks. The show drew major interest, but Will.I.Am brought up the show to Jimmy Iovine while at a meeting with Apple in Los Angeles. Apple was interested, and Silverman and the rest of the producers slowed down the process with the networks to give Apple a chance at securing it for Apple Music.

When asked why a TV show about apps is debuting on Apple Music, Cue says that he believes video could a differentiator for the service. "We think we have an opportunity to do something unique with Apple Music and shows," Cue said. "The things we're doing aren't being done by anyone else. If we wanted to do something everyone else was doing, we might be better off buying something or whatever." He later clarified that shows on Apple Music don't have to be about music, similar to how MTV programming isn't always about music.

Cue says Apple is just starting out with original content, but that it wants to do more. When asked whether it could see itself becoming Netflix, Cue said Apple wants to see where it can go with its own strategy. Cue later emphasized that Apple doesn't just want to buy shows, denying that Apple was ever interested in purchasing The Grand Tour. Instead, Apple only wants to make shows that are unique and "create culture."

Silverman says that Apple's influence is the only reason he thinks Planet of the Apps could work, pointing out that developers and stars, like judges Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow, might not have signed onto the show if Apple had not been producing the show.

Planet of the Apps will not have ads. Cue says he's unsure if future Apple productions will have ads, but that he doesn't know of many people who actually watch ads when they're watching programming. Cue says a lot of people either watch shows on streaming services or purchase or rent them from places like iTunes, bypassing the ads of regular TV.

Cue also talked about the future of TV. When asked what the big roadblock for Apple was when it was planning its rumored TV service, Cue said discoverability and the complexity of the TV industry. Cue said the TV app is one way to help customers find the content they want to watch without jumping into various services. Cue also says industries are reticent to change, and that people in the industry aren't yet moving in the same direction, making it difficult for Apple to put what it wants to do together. However, Cue says Apple is not interested in pursuing a skinny bundle. In 2015, the CEOs of Time Warner and CBS said Apple was working on a "forward-thinking" streaming service.

Update: Apple also debuted a new, longer trailer for Carpool Karaoke at the Code Conference.

Article Link: Eddy Cue Previews 'Planet of the Apps' at Code Conference: Non-Linear Viewing, Weekly Release, First Trailer and More


macrumors 68030
Jun 2, 2010
I suspect that this show is going to be a tremendous failure. Most people I know couldn't care less about the app development process nor the developers behind the apps. They just want to go to a store and download apps that interest them or help them.

I think the show could resonate with a lot of folks on MR and similar forums. I'm just not sure that will be enough for Apple to keep it alive.


Feb 10, 2017
Shark Tank for (Apl) Apps exclusive on Apl Muzak ....but worse
Bonus: comparatively makes CarPool Karaoke look better than horrible, so there is that
ADDS two time wasters to Apl Musak like Beats 1

This create "culture thing"...are they serious? Its done, there is no culture, Apl that ship sailed and you are not culture creators, you are embarrassing your existing user base. FIX iTunes stay in your wheelhouse.

Fox first five shows :

Married... with Children, The Tracey Ullman Show (Simpsons), 21 Jump Street, Mr. President and Duet Last two were flops the rest took off in some fashion even longest lasting fashion.

For those bypassing the time wasting...Watch Hunted thats a good show. Get Groove or Spotify. Don't encourage them stop it. Your welcome.
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macrumors 6502a
Mar 22, 2010
And to be clear, I don't like being negative for the sake of being negative, and I'll check this out with an open mind only out of curiosity, but this screams terrible. Gwyneth Paltrow and Will I Am? Seriously? That's beyond tone deaf. It's embarrassing. That trailer made my brain hurt.
Not really interested in something like this, but I can't believe I didn't realize the monetization possibility about promoting "planet of the apps" apps in the App Store and just overall publicity for the App Store in general. The show is sort of one big advertisement.
All I can say is that I'm glad I'm still using iOS9.

Because iOS 10 forces mandatory viewing of this show anytime you use it with no way to bypass?
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macrumors 6502
May 1, 2010
With the disclaimer that my impression is based on this single trailer - this has FAILURE stamped all over it. For one thing, the voiceover work is like something from a B-Cable channel. Also, who did this trailer? It is entirely too long.

The weird thing is the subject matter could be compelling to people like us IF it didn't pander to what the producers believe is the lowest common denominator. At the same time, the mainstream audience is not interested in this subject matter - app developers? Who cares about us, really?

So I think they have crossed their wires a bit. Also, the title is super cheesy - Planet of the Apps? Seriously - all of this is groan inducing.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 15, 2008
Manchester, UK
I couldn't even start watching the trailer, the whole concept feels incredibly contrived. And sure this type of thing isn't what other music streaming services are doing but this type of show, where rich people sit in judgement over poor or poorer hopefuls has been done to death across the wider entertainment industry. I just don't see any value in having a talent show of any kind on Apple Music.


Apr 22, 2008
I suspect that this show is going to be a tremendous failure. Most people I know couldn't care less about the app development process nor the developers behind the apps. They just want to go to a store and download apps that interest them or help them.

I think the show could resonate with a lot of folks on MR and similar forums. I'm just not sure that will be enough for Apple to keep it alive.

Most people I know couldn't care less about Ed Sheeran, but he is #1 in the charts currently.

Lesson learned: Anecdotal evidence is null and void.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 24, 2016
I'm too embarrassed to watch the trailer.

The trailer was actually very well done and has piqued my interest. Very high production value. It will be interesting. I thought Shark Tank sounded dull and would flop, and didn't think this sounded very interesting, but Shark Tank, with a lot less production value has been a huge ratings success, brought in hundreds of millions and won lots of awards, including three Emmy's so I guess I will give this chance.
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