Is the iPhone the New BlackBerry?
Shortly after my purchase, Samsung lost a patent infringement lawsuit to Apple and was awarded over 1 billion dollars in damages. Following that up, Samsung is suing Apple over their patents in the iPhone 5. This is great for the lawyers of course and really doesn't affect our lives whether you use an iPhone or the Samsung phone. We just want good mobile devices that enable us to stay connected to clients, our office, friends and family. The battle over technology is interesting to watch.
As a user of Apple products, I understand that the Mac World is generally a good place to be. Everything typically works very well, but I must share my frustration with their control issues. In anticipation of our Sail to Success Cruise to the Bahamas, I wanted to get my entertainment synced. Since Apple will only allow you to sync devices with one computer, I have chosen to make my MacBook laptop the main syncing computer.
I assumed, that what is in your iTunes library would be in your iTunes library on any device, but you could only sync to one device. Wrong. It doesn't work that way. While there are some workarounds for this, what should be relatively simple is not, because Apple chooses to control how you access what you own.
Enter Google. Apple's archrival is fighting to earn market share in mobile devices through their open source Android mobile platform, online services and entertainment sales. My son has been touting Google Play for some time and showed me how you can get all your entertainment on the web or Android device without wires or syncing. Google Play allows you to store up to 20,000 songs for free and you can access them anywhere.
Imagine my surprise when I found that my iTunes library, appeared in Google Play, simply because we checked a box that directed what we wanted to pull in from iTunes. That just can't be done in the controlled Apple environment. Then I discover the Google Play Store, which resembles the iTunes Store has some great deals. I bought the classic Beach Boys album Pet Sounds for $3.99. Yah think Apple is a bit worried about Google?