Apple proves that Android is the new Windows

You know you’re too big to ignore when Apple starts making apps for you

Apple prides itself on thinking and being different to everyone else. It acknowledges competitors like Microsoft and Google only grudgingly, and usually in a way that only illustrates how much nicer and more prosperous its own Mac and iPhone platforms are. It will have hurt that pride, therefore, to have to announce today that the big new Apple initiative, Apple Music, will be available on iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android.

Until today’s announcement, Apple’s presence in the Google Play Store was only a technicality of its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, which had already released Beats Music on Android. With the unveiling of its ambitious new music subscription service, however, Apple is now a fully fledged Android developer. The only previous occasions when Apple had made an effort of this kind was when it brought iTunes and Safari (which has since been discontinued) to Windows. Besides iTunes, QuickTime, and iCloud Drive on Microsoft’s desktop OS, Apple software lives only on Apple devices.

APPLE MUSIC IS ON WINDOWS BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE, AND THE SAME IS NOW TRUE OF ANDROID

Android’s extraordinary scale and reach is reaffirmed by Apple’s news today. Just like Windows on the desktop, Android commands too big a presence in the mobile realm to be ignored. As much as Apple would prefer to constrain its software and services to augmenting only its own devices, it is now pragmatically accepting that it has to play ball on Google’s court as well. There’s too much competition in the streaming music space for Apple to limit its chances of success to only iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Apple Music is on Windows because it has to be, and the same is now true of Android.

This need not necessarily signal a sea change in Apple’s way of doing business. When iTunes became available on Windows in 2003, it may have been interpreted as a sign of a more inclusive and collaborative Apple, but over a decade later, that software remains only an isolated example. The same will likely be true with Apple Music: it will be available on Android in order to properly compete with the likes of Spotify, but it’s unlikely to be joined by other new software from Apple like the good-looking Apple News app.

APPLE HATES MAKING SOFTWARE FOR OTHERS, BUT IT WILL DO SO WHEN THERE’S PROFIT IN IT

Apple MusicAn important commonality between iTunes on Windows and Apple Music on Android is that both are services that generate direct revenue. Apple enhances the choices available to Windows and Android users only when it’s able to profit from that directly, whether it be through music sales on the iTunes Store or music subscriptions in the new Music app. Other than that, the only reason Apple would make an Android app is quite literally to help you Move to iOS, which is the title of an upcoming app to assist smartphone users switching from Android to the iPhone.

Whether it succeeds or fails as a service, Apple Music is already significant in cementing Android’s mobile predominance. What could have been a point of differentiation for Apple has been turned into a more inclusive service by embracing Google’s smartphone platform. Even Apple can’t resist the allure of Android’s massive audience. The ultimate beneficiaries of these competitive dynamics are the users, who’ll get a broader set of services to choose from and should also find it a little easier to switch between devices.

Beyond Apple’s narrow set of interests, the cross-platform availability of Apple Music illustrates a positive trend happening across the tech industry. Whereas we once lived in a world where BBM was only on BlackBerry, Microsoft Office was only on Windows, and Nintendo games were only playable on Nintendo consoles, the present and the future look to be increasingly device-agnostic. That’s the subtext to Microsoft’s current mantra of cloud and mobile first, which is the strategy that Google has been pursuing for a long time already. And now Apple is joining them, bearing the gift of Music.

via The Verge.

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The winner of the Airtel Trace Music Star competition will be crowned in Kenya by Akon!

With more than 2.3 million calls made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, Airtel TRACE Music Star is by far the biggest music competition to ever take place on the African continent.

During a 6-month-selection process in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon, tens of thousands candidates had to demonstrate their skills and talent in their native land.

To enter the competition, the contestants called an Interactive Voice Response system with their phone and recorded their songs. Then, in each country, TRACE selected 5 finalists who went head-to-head to win the national title and the right to represent their country at the pan-African finale in Kenya.

The winner of the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition will be crowned in a spectacular pan-African Grand Finale filmed at Enashipai Resort & Spa on March 28 and will be televised starting on April 18 at 8pm all over Africa on TRACE music channels and national leading Free to Air TV networks.

Final decision to select the pan-African winner will be made by public vote and 3 judges:

1. Akon, the multi-platinum artist/producer and the most African of the American artists

2. Devyne Stephens, the acclaimed manager of some of the best rap and R&B artists in the world (Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, P Diddy, Mariah Carey etc.)

3. Lynnsha, the multi-platinum artist from the French Caribbean

Judges will each retain twenty five percent voting power, leaving the public with an additional twenty five percent leverage. Public voting polls are open until March 25 and you can vote for your favourite finalist by sending an SMS to the short code dedicated to their country, along with their key word.

The finale will be hosted by Capso and Wanjira Longauer.

The overall grand prize comprises of a record deal, promotion and mentorship campaigns for a total value that exceeds $500,000. 

Follow the link to meet each finalist: http://bit.ly/1BByvza

Website: www.tracemusicstar.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1MxfvFb 

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