Apple under CEO Tim Cook is often contrasted with what the company looked like just a few years ago when the late Steve Jobs was at the helm, and this comparison is often not made favourably in relation to design decisions.
Jobs was famously against iTunes for Windows and was of the opinion that Apple should only develop software for its own hardware devices.
Last year, Apple took its first step onto a different mobile platform, releasing Apple Music for Android, as a way to reach more potential subscribers, as well as music fans who might not own an iOS device. As it turns out, Apple Music may have been the first of many Apple-developed apps headed to Android.
In an Apple town hall meeting in Cupertino, California this week, Cook briefed attendees on Apple’s plans and answered questions about the company. Though the meeting had a number of interesting tidbits, one pertaining to apps making their way to Android is perhaps the most interesting to fans of Apple’s services.
Cook said that the release of Apple Music for Android was a test for Apple’s viability on the Android platform as a whole, potentially opening the door to launch more apps on Google’s operating system in the future.
As we wrote earlier this week, since Android displays user statistics in the Play Store, we know that Apple Music has over a million downloads on Android devices. The app also maintains a three-star rating on Android, despite a large number of one-star ratings from diehard Android users.