“At first glance, such a situation would seem pretty bleak for Apple as music consumption is no longer tied to using iTunes,” Cybart writes. “In reality, there is still a way for Apple to regain a standing with music and it involves taking a page from the iPod/iTunes playbook: software. Differentiation in music still exists through curation and discoverability, although it remains obscure and clunky. Faint elements of social can be found throughout the entire process. Ask someone why they choose Soundcloud over Spotify or iTunes and you will get an answer. While it is debatable whether that answer is easy to replicate, the point is there is an answer. People still consider there to be some level of uniqueness in terms of how they discover music. Apple’s goal is to position Beats as the answer to music’s software problem.”
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