“At times like these, you recognize just how badly Apple misses Steve Jobs,” Rocco Pendola writes for TheStreet. “If the reports are true — and Apple has hit a road block with the music industry as it pursues some form of Internet radio — you can’t help but wonder how things might be different if Jobs, not Tim Cook, sat at the negotiating table. But, hey, it is an objective truth — Steve Jobs is dead.”

“iTunes might be Steve Jobs’ single most impressive success at the same time as being his biggest failure. If Cook really is pursuing ‘iRadio,’ I bet he’s doing it to make iTunes something more than a serviceable platform from which to play your vast music collection. Because that’s really what it is,” Pendola writes. “That quick summary leaves out a major detail. Steve Jobs took the music industry for a ride.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, Jobs took the music industry on a ride from certain death into a future where they still exist.

“Steve Jobs knew. And Apple knows. Spotify is everything iTunes should be, but is not. That, for all intents and purposes, is the impetus for Apple’s Internet radio ambitions, assuming they exist,” Pendola writes. “To roll iRadio into the iTunes platform and make it sing or to offer it as a standalone service so we’ll forget about how ho-hum iTunes really is.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Ho-hum?” Maybe it’s your “music” collection, Rocco.

Mossberg reviews Apple’s iTunes 11: Significant improvement, cleaner, and easier to use – December 5, 2012
CNET reviews iTunes 11: Complete makeover brings speed; Apple on the right path – November 30, 2012

“If Apple wants in the space, it needs to buy Spotify. That would be a big deal. Give every person with an iTunes platform the ability to toggle between iTunes as we know it and Spotify as it is,” Pendola writes. “In no way do I advocate or endorse this acquisition. I consider it a waste of Apple’s time… Revenue from Internet radio amounts to a pimple on Apple’s behind.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One-note Rocco strikes yet again. Tim Cook isn’t Steve Jobs, so blah, blah, blah. This grew tedious the third time you trotted out this act, Rocco, a hundred similar articles ago. Try out a new trick for a change, pony.

Rocco Pendola isn’t half the hit-whore Troy Wolvertone was, so TheStreet.com is doomed.

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