Originally Posted by asdasd
They are never going to reveal product plans, so if asked they will give those boiler plate answers. This is common in Apple's history. You wouldn't believe they were interested in Phones, streaming music, 7 inch tablets and much more if you took these comments seriously. And Apple talk about market share when they are leading it - like iPods, or iPads in the beginning.
The many iPods were introduced not for market share, but to address market needs via different form factors. Again, the iPad did the same thing and introduced a smaller form factor to meet a market need, more portability. The iPhone 5 being larger, I would think, is more because Apple noticed the advantage to seeing your content on a taller device.
I'm not suggesting Apple does not look at market trends, of course they do, but their reaction is not like others and throw a bunch of stuff out there and see what works, but rather to do internal testing to see what makes sense.
Totally agree on the iTunes Radio. Apple foresees too many users heading in this direction in the future and wanted to offer something to keep people in their ecosystem. But I still agree with Steve, people want to own their music.
If Apple had a subscription service, introducing a method that would allow me to play music from my library and inject unowned music into the now playing list that matched the music being played, that would be awesome. This would allow me to own my music and discover new music at the same time. I would have the ability to adjust, via a slider, how much injection I wanted, and another slider for how far from the music style I am playing I am willing to allow.
As I am listening to my own library, I hear a song that matches that I don't own and then have the ability to buy. That is where this should be heading.