This week marks the first few days of my transition back to iTunes under a Windows platform.
The onset was the disastrous OSX crash behaviour every time a new Podcast was downloaded via iTunes on my Apple Mac Mini Server.
This brought down a computer that performs 24x7 function so there was no choice but relocate iTunes. Back on a Microsoft Windows platform I realise
- iTunes runs like a dog
- It's so much slicker under OSX
- Is is almost as if they gave the programming project to the newbie intern programmer, desperately hoping he'd produce a product that would have droves of frustrated Windows users in the arms of OSX, well maybe
I looked at this in context and came up with a much more worrying but plausible scenario
The death of the Apple iPod
The Doomsday Scenario
- Apple exits the iPod marketplace, for surely there is better utilisation of resources (aka profits verses expenditure) in the Smartphone marketplace
- Apple says something like /to better support the Customer, with the features we expect from the modern discerning audiophile we are instead focusing our endeavours on <not iPod ....> <or iPod touch which is more iPhone than pod>
- The other angle is death by Neglect, just stop releasing new Music players, like no Nano update for 2 years, iPod classic update for ?
The Counter Measures
- Buy a backup iPod now: Apple surely wont unsupport devices, so buy
- Really think about switching to an Apple Smartphone, which will of course run that iTunes quite seamlessly
- Investigate other music players: Do I have any alternative from Pono?
- What other software could I use to control say my Android smartphone and existing iPod .. hint Doubletwist
Whatever the future as an individual I'd like to plan ahead, I want to jump and not be pushed.