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Questionable Rumor Claims Safari and iTunes to Merge Into Single Application

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Three Guys and a Podcast claims that Apple is working to merge its iTunes application into its Safari browser later this year, creating a single application for browsing web and media content.
Apple may be preparing a massive move that will propel Safari from niche browser to market leader. The move to merge Safari and iTunes into one software solution appears long in the works, which may arrive this fall at Apple's usual iPod special event.
According to the report, one reason for the push is to boost Safari's market share among Internet browsers, where Apple has yet to crack the 5% mark. Tying iTunes into Safari, it is argued, would likely bring a significant boost to the company's share of the browser market as consumers turn to the integrated environment.
It is believed that Safari will be the only browser able to access iTunes, as iTunes is built into the browser itself. "Moving iTunes organizational side-bar into Safari isn't a monumental task" claimed a source, adding "Safari would skyrocket in use as a result of integrating the software titles together."
We are highly skeptical of the claim for a number of reasons, including significant reservations due to the rumor's source, which has in the past appeared to base its claims on significant amounts of speculation.

Article Link: Rumor Claims Safari and iTunes to Merge Into Single Application
 

416049

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This would me want to stay with Chrome even more safari and itunes in one app

what about security and user interface friendliness

this isn't going to happen i hope
 
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zipster

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Both programs are already bloated and they want to merge them? Looks like I'm staying with Chrome.
 
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Small White Car

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

When Macrumors uses the term 'highly skeptical' you'd be wise to pay attention.

I wouldn't get too upset about this just yet.

EDIT: But yes, terrible if true. iTunes needs to be split up, if anything.
 
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AtHomeBoy_2000

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BLAH! This would be a horrible idea. If it was browser independent, I am ok with it, but we all know that wouldnt be the case with Apple. They want complete control.
 
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Rudy69

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Making the iTunes store / AppStore accessible only from Safari would make sense (as iTunes just loads specials html pages). But adding music playing etc to Safari is a horrible idea :mad:
 
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ImNoSuperMan

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For the sweet love of God Apple, NO!

You stole my thoughts before I could type them out :mad:

On second thoughts, if it does end up improving itunes experience (which isnt really anywhere close to apple's other offerings to say the least), I wont mind it either. Though I am have a really hard time imagining how that will be possible
 
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SandboxGeneral

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Oh my, I sure do hope this is highly unlikely. That would be a very poor decision if it came to fruition. I would certainly make Firefox my default browser if that ever happened.
 
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Avatar Tempus

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Both programs are already bloated and they want to merge them? Looks like I'm staying with Chrome.

AGREED! Sheesh, I remember when iTunes was a fantastic alternative to any other media content manager when it first hit the scene. It did everything I wanted it to; granted I love *some* of the features they've added over the years, it really has become a huge piece of bloatware along with safari. I can't even change songs quickly without the pinwheel making me nervous like I possibly caused a crash.

Hmph.
 
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samcraig

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bad idea. Both programs are already buggy and bloated.

Last week I "officially" stopped using safari because it has way too many issues on various sites I go to (and not even flash related). I've also had more crashes in safari than other browsers.


Just a bad move in my opinion if this ever were to come to fruition.
 
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Burnsey

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Safari is bloated and a RAM hog as is, I can't imagine what it would be like with iTunes integrated. You'd probably need a whole 2GB RAM system devoted to just running the thing.
 
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