"iTunes will fail!" Michael Robertson MP3tunes.com

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by OzExige, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    A sensational statement however, this in-depth interview doesn't seem to support his assertion.
    A technophile on a mission, almost driven by MP3 and what it can do for us, the end user.
    He makes many more far-reaching proclamations on where digital music is headed, read the interview, you may not agree but you will be impressed.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    He is a bit outdated. He doesn't know Mp4 (AAC) is the newer version of Mp3, with better sound quality. He is still stuck in the mp3 world.

    He didn't realize the circumstances of Apple, Microsoft, and the computer industry are different now.

    Here is a better article:
    The iTunes Monopoly/Failure Myth
  3. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    " Apple is the one big exception with their iTunes empire, but mark my words they will go down and the rest of the world will catch them and surpass them. We've seen this before. We've seen this with the original Mac, which was a superior personal computing platform. Nobody can dispute that, but it didn't win. Microsoft Windows won because Bill Gates is a genius? No, because they had all the developers."

    Not much of a prediction without some sort of time frame. More like blowing smoke than anything.
  4. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Bill Gates probably is a genius. Or at least pretty smart, in his own clever little way. But "developers, developers, developers" is not why Microsoft won over Apple. Someone's drinking the Ballmer-ade... :D
  6. mojohanna macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    He is also assuming that Apple has not learned from any of their past mistakes. I think they have learned a great deal from the original Mac.
  7. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    There's one thing about Apple using the AAC format: why is it that a lot of third-party portable music players now support the AAC format? Not to mention the fact Apple has such a huge percentage marketshare of the portable music player market that they could get away with using AAC as the primary encoding format?
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I'm first going to point out that AAC is not an Apple-created format. I get that impression from you saying "third-party portable music players." I just did a Wikipedia search and saw that Sony was part of the group that developed AAC, and Sony also uses it as the standard on the PS3, PSP and Walkman. Heck, I didn't know this until after about a year of owning an iPod.

    Anywho, Apple basically took a stand on a better, newer format with the iTunes Store instead of doing the tired old deal of trying to make crap compatible for every device ever made. If you have an iPod-like device that only plays MP3 (and maybe WMA), you have a crappy player. The use of MP3 is the main problem I have with the Amazon Music Store. I buy stuff from Amazon, but usually only the heavily reduced items. AAC is better at the same bitrate, so I'm getting better quality at iTunes.

    On this Robertson douche, sounds like he just wanted to be heard. Until someone makes a digital media player that is anywhere close to the iPod, creates software as easy to use as iTunes and creates a store as easy and loaded as the iTunes Store, people aren't going to switch en masse. Microsoft is going to throw up another whiff with the Zune HD when people complain about battery life, and nobody else really comes close.
  9. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Is this the same guy that thought his Lindows linux distro would take down Windows?
  10. eRondeau macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    There is nothing to see here. Move along, move along.... :apple:

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