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Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android


In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report.

Much like many other stories that concern Apple’s long-term goals, Steve Jobs was brought up, as it was known that he felt fans would never pay subscription prices for music. At the time, he might have been right, but the market is ever changing. If Apple wishes to continue remaining relevant in the music sales space (they currently hold more than 40% of recorded music revenue in the US), it may be time to look at subscription avenues

According to Billboard’s sources, the thought of an iTunes app for Android is still in the very early stages, meaning we could be months upon months before we see any evidence of an actual app.

If an iTunes app launched for your Android device, would you use it? If you are a Mac user, it’s sometimes hard not to use iTunes, but thanks to All Access from Google, I haven’t used iTunes in quite some time.

Via: Billboard
  • kelly1519

    The iPad is Apple’s second highest grossing product, generating
    18.7% of its total revenues in 2013 http://bit.ly/1idk0V4

  • sgtguthrie

    I have a MacBook PRO and love it, but it doesn’t integrate with Android like it does ios. I understand they want people to use their devices, but some of us just won’t and not offering their services to integrate with Android is definitely hurting them. You can use Google services on iDevices, but can’t use Apple services on Android. That’s a failure on Apple’s part.

    I’ll still listen to music on all access, but I’d welcome some apps from Apple that would make it easier to integrate my phone and tablet with my MacBook.

  • danofiveo

    No I would not use it. The only stuff I have on iTunes is free music from Starbucks and the Sony malware class action lawsuit settlement.

  • realistic

    ef apple

  • TC Infantino

    I am not a fan of iTunes, but, a couple of artists that I like only sell their songs through iTunes. So I have it on my laptop and once I buy the songs, I immediately convert them to mp3 and save them onto my Maxx and the usb thumbdrive that I use in my car. I don’t use iTunes to play or hold my music collection, so I don’t know how it compares to Google All Access.

  • Ray

    iTunes is terrible. Hate it with a passion. The thought of it being on my Android is revolting!

    Apple are slowly losing their foot hold. They should have started making apps for Android a long time ago but unfortunately, being that they are bunch of stuck up half wits who feel their OS and devices are far superior to anything else on this planet, and still feel that a close ecosystem is the way to go, they have slowly dug themselves a massive hole which they are going to find harder and harder to get out of with every day that passes.

    Steve Jobs, although he did some great things for the company, also starting burying the company long ago. I was hoping to see Tim Cook make some big changes with regards to the closed off nature of the OS, streaming music service, better cloud syncing etc – nothing has really changed though.

    They need to forgot about Jobs and some of his ideas. He is dead and isn’t coming back and quite clearly a lot of his so called great ideas are no longer working for the company. They need to start redefining the direction of the company. If that means opening up the OS to a certain degree, developing apps for Android, etc – then they need to do it and quickly!

    That’s just my $0.02 anyway.

  • Djembeman

    It would be interesting. Useful for playing my iTunes digital copies, instead of having to convert movie files from the DVD. Where I purchase music from doesn’t matter. Google and Amazon music import directly into iTunes as it is and I use the iSyncr app to sync my music and movies to my Android phone over my home WiFi automatically every night.

  • truth_cutz

    I’ll pass….

  • Stone Cold

    This needs to happen there are some albums I just can’t find anywhere else.

  • Richard Giordano

    ill give itunes on android a try but Google Play Music is just so much better

  • Dave

    My knee jerk reaction is “No…Apple sucks.” However, I have all my music duplicated in Play and Itunes. I’ve noticed that native Itunes music sounds light years better than music I imported thru conversion into Play music manager. This is noticed more in older files that are only in WMA format that came from WMP. I’m guessing there is a quality degradation from conversion? I compete in car audio competition and have been using my archaic iphone 3g instead of my Note 2, due to less feedback and higher recording levels, with Play I have to increase the volume 2-4 notches higher for the same dB output, which increases input sensitivity and audible distortion.