I went to sleep with just knowing checking Jason Calacanis’s twitter false leaks. It sounded awesome and expensive. Now I’m watching the live twit stream and Merlin brought up a great point about making a place to buy a lot of content.
Apple wants you to spend as much money on iTunes as possible. This way they have can all the cool expensive digital content that only plays in their closed ecosystem.
I prefer the web and free content so I might have to hold off going back to the iTunes store. It’s weird that I’m thinking from the perspective of content producers like music, movies, books, software, all the expensive content that you want to consume. From their point of view everything is kind of viewed against the open web. On the open web you can publish anything and see anyone’s else’s stuff, but now it might be a lot of indie musicians listening to their friends while all still trying to land a record deal.
The content people feel more like television programmers that want you to watch their own programming without leaving their channel. All the big acts want to be on TV and they’ll do anything to get on there even if it’s not in their interest. I’m curious to see what sports and different media outlets are going to support. Do you think that movies, books, and touch apps will only stay in the mac world and they’ll ignore Windows or the browser.
I think Google wants us to live in the browser and our internet connected appliances are just ways of getting to this online content like games, movies, music and all of that. I see two trends that will hopefully get us there. One is bandwidth increases and the focus away from desktop apps or Mac vs. Win apps. I always felt superior when Mac people would complain that desktop software wasn’t available for the Mac so I felt good about being on Windows with the hackery software that you needed to be a little smart about using.
For the bandwidth point, if we ever get better connection speeds and the average speeds go up instead of going down then we can build better browsers apps.
I think it’s interesting during the iPad announcement that Jobs is comparing his company to other hardware manufacturers. Those companies are kind of on their decline because they don’t really understand the mindset of users and the mindset of the content pushers. Apple does a great job to put these things together.
Steve Jobs must have an idea of what people want to do and tell you what to do. This does seem more like an iPhone for older people. So the aunt can change the front page to a new baby. Then have a place to email and maybe use the browser. For the apple fan boys that want to buy a lot of content will spend some money on it. So you can buy a lot of things on it and use the apple apps like maps, browser, books, and then special apps later.
Ok I think the knock on netbooks that they’re slow and have small screens is bad and I hope a chrome OS netbook or terminal can solve some of these things.
I just realized that I don’t really want to geek out just now about this product. Avatar or the Nexus One yes, being tempted to spend any money in iTunes not so much. I will focus more on Google and the Open web more.
Also follow Garyvee’s advice and F— Lost. He really needs a T-shirt that says that.