Rumor: iTunes Store coming to Android?

#1 Posted by AppleFan1991 (3022 posts) -

Seems that Apple is in the exploratory stages of possibly bringing an iTunes Store app to Android devices. Apparently this is to compete with competing services such as Spotify and Pandora. Thoughts?

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#2 Edited by mystic_knight (13801 posts) -

Guarantee this wont happen... They will lose customers and sell less iPhones in future releases. It's too much of a gamble for them, unlike Google/Android who make profits from apps and advertising Apple market the phone and its software together and make profits from their hardware sales.

#3 Edited by ChiefFreeman (5503 posts) -

I like the idea. iPhone owners aren't going to abandon the platform if Apple did this. They're pretty damn loyal. Apple would make a ton of profit, and it would be a win situation for Android phone owners.

#4 Posted by AppleFan1991 (3022 posts) -

I think it's definitely possible, just very unlikely. The reason why I think it is possible is because Apple wants iTunes Radio to compete with The likes of Pandora, and they need it to be on multiple OS's for that to happen. I think this is more about the expansion of iTunes Radio (similar to iTunes going to Windows back in the day) than anything else.

#5 Edited by _HazBro_ (124 posts) -

Save the fact that iTunes is overall pretty garbage, I can't even imagine why Apple would want to do this. They're too late, there's too many competitors already on Android. On top of that, I don't see them doing this on Android, there wouldn't be a big enough benefit for them IMO.

#6 Posted by musicalmac (22699 posts) -

Guarantee this wont happen... They will lose customers and sell less iPhones in future releases. It's too much of a gamble for them, unlike Google/Android who make profits from apps and advertising Apple market the phone and its software together and make profits from their hardware sales.

Don't be so quick to make guarantees.

Remember when Apple debuted iTunes on Windows? By allowing greater access to iTunes, it allows more people to buy digital content from Apple. It's kind of a no-brainer, and it will further increase Apple's range. I think it's an interesting prospect and one that likely makes Google sweat a little under the collar.

#8 Posted by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -

@mystic_knight: I doubt it itunes is already drm free i'm sure people already buy music from there then transfer it to their android devices

#9 Edited by Davidwilliam06 (93 posts) -

This is actually a pretty good idea! If they have indeed realised that the sale of music from iTunes has taken a dip and that one of the solutions is an iTunes app for Android, then why not? I personally believe that competition is something that needs to be reviewed regularly and this is a great strategy from Apple. They should go for it!

#11 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8505 posts) -

Xbox Music is available cross platform, so why not?