BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl imagines other ways Apple may harness iTunes in conjunction with its rumored new tablet device.
“Apple is already the biggest retailer of music in the world, and a key player in downloadable video; the iTunes store is also a pretty big software storefront, with 2 billion iPhone applications downloaded,” Hesseldahl writes.
“If the tablet turns out to be an electronic reader that will compete with Amazon’s Kindle, then there’s good reason to expect that iTunes will become an excellent replacement for your neighborhood bookstore and newsstand,” Hesseldahl writes. “The larger a role iTunes plays in digital goods, the bigger a player it becomes in electronic commerce, period. Its 100 million credit-card accounts outnumber Amazon’s 94 million active customers and the 75 million at eBay unit PayPal.”
Hesseldahl writes, “So what else might iTunes sell besides digital media and iPhone apps? How about Mac software, for openers? With Microsoft days away from pushing the button on its next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7, Apple could use its powerful iTunes store to once and for all eviscerate the long-repeated but false notion that Mac is lacking in software compared with Windows. As a trusted software distribution channel, iTunes would carry both its own software as well as third-party software for the Mac.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]