Not surprising. Apple already has the user base. Doesn’t help make a solid business argument when you’re losing nearly $100M per year with no profitability in sight.
The current streaming business model does not work!
Apple Music doesn’t want to buy Tidal
The biggest problem with could-centric development is the 100% loss of productivity when the network is down. While not an issue for most corporate lemmings pulling their 9-5, it is a notable issue for today’s digital nomads. While corporate techies will not go away, remote workers with flexible lifestyles and the inconsistent connectivity that goes with it will continue to grow. More tech workers will be connecting from outside the office. They may, or may not, have network access.
When you don’t have access to the network you cannot connect to your cloud service. You cannot work. With locally virtualized systems on the other hand, you have everything you need. As long as you have power or your battery life is good you can be productive. Next time you get back to civilization, meaning anywhere with a network connection, you push your work out to the world.
Cloud computing is the current way to do things in software but NOT for daily development. Unless you like having a reason to not do anything for an afternoon while your ISP restores the network or while you wait for the plane to get back on the ground.
The death of localhost and the rise of cloud development
Most colleges and universities in America have woefully outdated compsci curriculum. They tend to base what they are teaching on the wishes of their top “contributors” which need tech talent for outdated technology.
Case in point: when I moved my first tech company to Charleston, I could not find local coders that were capable of building web apps. The local college, which boasts about its computer science department, was teaching COBOL and Fortran on AS/400 systems. Sadly, it was 2000 not 1985. Strange coincidence that a large donor to the college was related to Piggy Wiggly , a local grocery chain that – you guessed it – ran on AS/400 with COBOL and Fortran apps. Hundreds of college students were pouring out of their senior classes with skills for the past not the present. Companies like mine would spend a year trying to get recent grads up to speed on current technologies.
If you are using an iPhone or iPad you really should update to 9.3.5 today.
This kind of thinking in the streaming music industry is what is screwing music creatives (artists, songwriters, and everyone else involved).
Unlimited music at $5/month means that for the typical listener your favorite artists are earning hundreds of dollars for a million plays of a song.
Attracting listeners by screwing artists is NOT a good business model.
Amazon wants to sell a cheaper music subscription service that will only work on its Echo player