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With the iPhone Sputtering, Apple Bets Its Future on TV and News
March 25, 2019 | WSJ | By Tripp Mickle.

The iPhone is running out of juice. To go beyond the device that made Apple Inc. a global colossus, Tim Cook is betting on a suite of services—marking the company’s biggest shift in more than a decade......Apple will take a giant leap forward announcing video- and news-subscription services that it hopes will generate billions of dollars in new annual revenue and deepen ties between iPhone users and the company.....apps and services, from Spotify to Netflix to China’s WeChat , have often become more important to users than the devices that run them. .....The company’s ambition in video is to become an alternative to cable, combining original series with shows from other networks to create a new entertainment service that can reach more than 100 markets world-wide. ....Apple hasn’t said what it will charge for the programming. .....The original series will be delivered in a new TV app that staff have been calling a Netflix killer.....Apple has been negotiating to bring its new TV app to multiple platforms, including Roku and smart TVs.........Apple plans to showcase a revamped News app that includes a premium tier with access to more than 200 magazines—including Bon Appétit, People and Glamour—as well as newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal.....The Washington Post and New York Times aren’t participating in the new app...... in the early 2000s, co-founder Steve Jobs reinvented the company by pushing it into mobile devices. The iPod and its accompanying iTunes service revived a company that was largely dependent on Mac computer sales....Mr. Cook is attempting a similar feat in the approaching twilight of the smartphone era....Cook wanted to know which apps were selling well, how many Apple Music subscribers stuck with the service, and how many people were signing up for iCloud storage.....Apple’s biggest source of services revenue comes from distributing other companies’ software through its App Store.....Apple’s music-streaming service has about 50 million global subscribers—far behind Spotify’s 96 million.

Apple’s base of 1.4 billion iPhones, iPads and Macs in use globally gives it a distribution platform..................The push into news subscriptions could help Apple battle Facebook, whose News Feed has helped it become the No. 1 app world-wide in monthly active smartphone users.....Facebook is attempting to become a super-app like China’s WeChat, which allows users to shop, order food, buy movie tickets and make reservations on any mobile operating system......Steve Jobs foreshadowed Apple’s services future when he started iTunes in 2001, offering categories from competing major labels to make the first successful digital-music store, with songs available for 99 cents.

For Mr. Cook’s monthly services meetings, the company monitors of apps that benefit and threaten Apple. There is a "release radar" for Cook to track apps that are expected to sell well and other metrics for the apps that have challenged Apple’s business, including iTunes sales decreases compared with Apple Music subscription growth.
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march 2019 by jerryking
Apple Quietly Builds New Networks -
Drew FitzGerald and
Daisuke Wakabayashi
Feb. 3, 2014

Apple's online delivery needs have grown in the last few years, driven by its iCloud service for storing users' data and rising sales of music, videos and games from iTunes and the App Store. But the iPhone maker is reported to have broader ambitions for television that could involve expanding its Apple TV product or building its own television set.

Snapping up Internet infrastructure supports all those pursuits at once. Apple is signing long-term deals to lock up bandwidth and hiring more networking experts, steps that companies like Google Inc. GOOG -4.03% and Facebook Inc. have already taken to gain more control over the vast content they distribute.

Bill Norton, chief strategy officer for International Internet Exchange, which helps companies line up Internet traffic agreements, estimates that Apple has in a short time bought enough bandwidth from Web carriers to move hundreds of gigabits of data each second....Apple's hardware business is increasingly tied into services delivered over the Internet. In 2011, it rolled out the iCloud service, which stores and syncs emails, documents, photos, music and video so users can access them from various Apple devices. In addition, it is delivering more content from its iTunes and App Store—which brought in $16 billion in revenue in the year that ended in September—while pushing out regular, data-laden updates of its mobile and PC operating systems.

The company's need for bandwidth and supporting infrastructure will grow if it moves further into television. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has said improving the TV viewing experience is an area of interest for the company and that it has a "great vision" for television. On a conference call last week to discuss its latest earnings with analysts, Mr. Cook said Apple is on track to break into new product categories this year, fueling speculation about a new television or revamped video service.
App_Store  Apple  Apple_IDs  Apple_TV  bandwidth  digital_storage  hiring  iCloud  iTunes  networks  networking  new_categories  services  streaming  Tim_Cook 
february 2014 by jerryking
The Cloud That Ate Your Music - Readers' Comments -
New York, NY
June 23rd, 2011
10:10 am
Good article, but a broad brush has been used to paint what 'cloud'
means. Very simply put, there are two types of cloud--one that syncs
data across devices (Apple's upcoming service, Dropbox etc.), and the
other where data doesn't physically exist but in the cloud (Pandora,
Google Docs). Privacy concerns and sync bugs aside, these are two vastly
different services and imply different meaning of ownership.
If you use a sync service, it's just that; it shouldn't even be called a
cloud service. Concerns of a lot of people commenting here will be
gone, or at least lessened, when they fully understand this distinction.
letters_to_the_editor  cloud_computing  music  iCloud  Dropbox  Pandora  streaming 
june 2011 by jerryking
The Cloud That Ate Your Music - Readers' Comments -
June 22nd, 2011 | NYT | McLff. Mr. Pareles: I would suggest
that what you are talking about is the need for the cloud to be
"backward compatibile". It is forward compatible, of course, with
everything you buy in the future … because your new purchases can easily
be lumped by Amazon or Apple into your cloud collection. The financial
industry had this same backward compatibility problem during its
conversion from physical shares of stock to digital shares decades ago.
An inventor, who was midwife to that industry’s conversion, has written
an app (and patent application) that does the same for music (as well as
books, video and any media item, which, after all, are fungible
commodities just like stocks and bonds)....The cloud offers the golden
opportunity to a) allow folks to get cloud access to their validly
purchased physical items, b) weed out illegal items, and c) allow
artists to get a % of the “transaction fee” of secondary sales and loans
of the immobilized cloud recordings.
letters_to_the_editor  Jon_Pareles  cloud_computing  physical_assets  compatibility  music  Amazon  Apple  iCloud  streaming 
june 2011 by jerryking
Upside: Is It Time to Look Beyond Apple? -
JUNE 11, 2011 By DAVE KANSAS. A battle is brewing covering
online commerce, cloud computing and devices. Apple's commerce business
is expanding quickly. Google's Android operating system is driving a
bunch of devices that compete with Apple. Amazon is weighing a branded
tablet. ....Amazon, Google and Apple already are competing hard in music
and other digital-media commerce. Both Google and Amazon beat Apple to
the consumer cloud business. Apple is expected to launch a business
cloud-computing offering that would compete with Google and Amazon in a
field Amazon pioneered with its Web Services unit.
Apple  competitive_landscape  Google  Amazon  iCloud  cloud_computing  Android  product_launches 
june 2011 by jerryking
In Unusual Move, Apple Previews New Software Plans -
: May 31, 2011 The company gave few details about the service, which it
calls iCloud, but analysts think it would allow people to gain access to
music, photos and videos over the Internet on multiple Apple devices,
without needing to sync those devices. An Internet-based version of
iTunes with those features has long been expected, and iCloud comes on
the heels of deals between Apple and major recording labels that would
allow such a service to go forward.
iCloud  Apple  cloud_computing  music 
june 2011 by jerryking
Apple iCloud: Details emerge on new music service
By Matthew Shaer / May 27, 2011 Christian Science Monitor
| Assuming this cloud music service does exist – "iCloud," to
borrow the terminology de jour – what does Apple have that Google,
Amazon, and its other competitors don't? Support from EMI, Sony, Warner
Music, and maybe even Universal (probably).
And also the ability to "mirror" your entire iTunes library in the
cloud, instantly detecting which songs are low-quality, and replacing
those low-quality jams with better-quality files.
Apple  cloud_computing  music  iTunes  iCloud 
may 2011 by jerryking

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