Originally Posted by frabgod
Disclosure: I write da blog for www.Zunerama.com
Disclosure: I'm not an Apple or iPod hater either.
Thanks for the disclosure, but from your webpage regarding games for the iPod ... I think you are mistaken in your assertion that Apple missed in not opening the SDK's to third parties right away. Not all of the games were developed by Apple. Apple must have had to release the SDK's to some of the other games vendors - we just don't know about them yet. I think alot of those enabling capabilities and apps haven't come to the light of day, but are being worked on in many basements around the country.
"This is an opportunity for Microsoft, and one we hope it capitalizes on. Specifically, we hope that Microsoft will:
Release - soon - an SDK for Zune.
Partner with the legions of game developers who are frustrated with Apple's closed iPod environment.
Help those developers sell their apps through Marketplace.
Create an environment of creativity and nurturing."
Have you used a Zune yet? When has Microsoft ever created an environment of creativity and nurturing for anyone? I'm sure Creative feels nurtured now that Zune won't work on Plays for Sure?
"Consider the area of games alone. Zune has a beefy processor, a beautiful 3" screen, great audio, and a control pad - a complete platform for some serious gaming."
Again, have you played a game on a Zune yet? The day MS finally opens its SDK to everyone, Apple could do the same and then it would be game over.
Since we are still in the Model T time period of mp3 player story, I think Apple wants to finish refining the architecture and code-base before letting developers add lots of apps that will just have to be re-coded when new versions are introduced. Microsoft will have to wait a bit too, before the platform is stable enough to let others tweak with it.
Palm did a good job of making an open model for third party developers, but in someways it became so successful that every time something new was added (color, etc.), you had to upgrade your apps to make it worthwhile. I wonder if Palm had been able to keep everything in house for a few extra years whether the PalmOS would have been made more powerful to stave off WindowsMobile. Who knows?
I would love Apple to open up both the iPod OS and FrontRow to third parties right now, but I'm guessing the market needs to wait for the platform to evolve a little bit longer. If Microsoft jumps the gun, it may self-limit its future development - kinda like staying with DOS too long.
Good luck with your website, but don't put too much of your heart into the Zune "marketplace" because it isn't going to change the minds of many iPod owners, much less change the world.