Should iTunes get a new name?

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  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

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    Although the iTunes name is so well known, it's now more than a jukebox, it's more of a media centre.

    Should it get a new name to reflect that? If so, what?

    And even if you say no, what would you suggest anyway?
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    I would love to see Apple add electronic books and maybe magazines next. The iPhone/iTouch would make a good reader and they could even add a hardware specific iReader.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the brand is too strong to rename. no point to change it at all.
     
  4. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    iTunes is an appropriate name. Changing it would be silly, dumb and just about any other similar description.

    Almost as bad as going from .Mac to mobile me :D
     
  5. WarMachine macrumors member

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    Battle the kindle. Yeah, that seems like a good way to go.

    And about the iTunes name, I don't see a reason to change it yet, most of the other features are still somewhat secondary to the music related features.
     
  6. elpenguino macrumors member

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    It's also worth too much money. The "iTunes" copyright is worth a substantial amount.
     
  7. Habusho macrumors 6502

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    It's pretty consistent with Apple branding so far; iwork, iphoto, itunes so no it shouldn't be changed.
     
  8. gusious macrumors 65816

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    I think it's fine with the current name. As said before everything Apple produces has an i so...

    And it's very well known since even windows users can run it.
     
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    They might as well keep it, everyone knows what is by now.

    They could do with changing the icon however - I'm surprised with a new version they didn't change the colour of it as they usual do.
     
  10. Diaresi macrumors regular

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    I've been thinking they've needed to change it for absolutely ages. It most certainly is now a media jukebox rather than music with other stuff tacked on the side.

    Although as said above the iTunes brand is both incredibly massive and sounds good - even though it has lost most of its meaning to the product it represents.
     
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    If we're saying no, wouldn't we be suggesting that it stay "iTunes"?

    No, it should not be changed. iTunes is what brought Windows users to the iPod and OS X. Change the name, change the idea.
     
  13. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    I vote no. I like the name iTunes and would probably continue calling the service that even if Apple were to decide on a new name.

    Long live iTunes. :p
     
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  15. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    Definitely not, iTunes is so popularly known and changing it would be completely dumb business wise, as you would have what would probably be billions of people knowing the product as iTunes, and then it disappearing right out from under them. And it the primary focus of its library management in my eyes remains to be Music.

    And even though I said no, I do not have a suggestion because I don't feel that it should be changed.
     
  16. Julien macrumors G3

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    Change the date to 2000 and the battle name to Creative and the iPod would never have been.;)
     
  17. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    No, you don't try to re-brand such a successful brand. Now if we were talking Zune...
     
  18. eXan macrumors 601

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    Changing such a well-known brand name is a completely dumb idea.
     
  19. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    It seems pretty much agreed that changing the name would not be the best of choices, but I wonder how long it will be until Apple remove the CD from the icon, as iTunes moves more and more towards downloads as the primary way of adding content?
     
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    haven't we had the same icon color since iTunes 6?
    but i do agree they could rework that a bit.

    not to mention i think iMedia is probably taken by another company by now.
     
  21. kolax macrumors G3

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    No - even though iTunes indicates music, the name is way to well known. And even if it did get changed, people would still refer to it as 'iTunes'. Changing the name would just confuse people and it would take a long time for the new name to gain the kind of recognition iTunes has.

    But, if it did have to change its name, there is nothing else I can think of that would fit. Unless it as a new word.

    Keyword in his OP - anyway. Look it up.
     
  22. g4cubed macrumors 6502a

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    haha Ya should have been.

    I don't think they'll change it.
     
  23. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well you could still hypothetically think of names which reflect the app better. What the best name for the app is, and whether they should kill the iTunes name are different issues in my view.

    Anyway, I agree it shouldn't be changed, although I do think that had Apple realised the direction iTunes would have gone it when they created it, they would have used a different name.

    I do think the name is too music related for what iTunes is/does, but to kill the brand name now would probably not be the most intelligent decision.
     
  24. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    iLibrary :p
     
  25. iParis macrumors 68040

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    NO.
    If they did it wouldn't be until like after iTunes 10.0.0
    And even then I would refer to it as iTunes and change the name of the shortcut icon back to iTunes.
     

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