“Samsung continues to innovate in the smartphone space, this morning introducing its very own Apple [AAPL] iTunes knock-off designed to compete with Cupertino’s end-to-end content solution,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.
“Available across Europe and powered by UK-based firm, 7 Digital, Samsung’s Music Hub offers some of the features you’d expect from iTunes: the free version offers music purchasing across a selection of 19 million tracks while a fee-based variant provides the chance to upload your entire music collection to the cloud for playback on your Galaxy S III smartphone or PC,” Evans writes. “Samsung’s iTunes Match service will cost a lot more than Apple’s popular service: around £9.99 (c$15) per month, though you also get Spotify-like music streaming. iTunes Match costs just $24.99 per year.”
Evans writes, “With RIM looking shaky, Nokia on the rocks and webOS now dead as a doorknob, surely it’s only a question of time before the firm apes Apple’s “whole widget” approach and purchases its own mobile OS. After all, in a few months time Samsung will also be competing directly with Android-developer Google’s newly-acquired Motorola Mobility.”
“With Google investing billions in the latter firm, it’s pretty certain that, once the lip service promises are made, the gadgets coming out of Motorola will be seen as flagships for Android. Why would any right-thinking Android lover purchase anything else, particularly if they want their devices to get complexity-free regular software updates?” Evans asks before tagging Samsung with the title of “Yesterday’s Android Poster Child.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The only “Android lovers” in the world are those who’ve never used an iPhone or an iPad for more than 5 minutes. The rest are Android settlers; they’ve settled for less than the best for some reason (carrier of choice, general ignorance, lower IQ, etc.).
Buying an Android phone is like buying a blurry print of the Mona Lisa when da Vinci’s original Mona Lisa is available at exactly the same price (and sometimes even less). It’s not a move that smart, or even average, consumers make.