Apple Music is a litmus test for future Apple apps coming to Android

Rob Attrell

February 5, 2016 4:29pm

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.

  • It’s Me

    Under Jobs, Apple had iTunes for Windows. Quicktime for Windows. Safari for Windows. Filemaker for Windows. Bonjour for Windows. It wasn’t the norm but it wasn’t unheard of. Until Cook does a majority of Apple software on other platforms, it’s not that big a change.

  • Mo Dabbas

    I thought their Move to iOS was the test app.

    EDIT: I’ll put a /s so that people would know I’m being sarcastic

  • Raj Singh

    “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.”

    That’s an understatement. They don’t have the insight and, more importantly, the foresight he did. Now they follow trends because, unlike Steve Jobs, they’re way too timid to be disruptive.

    • It’s Me

      Based on what? Apple had primarily 4 really successfully disruptive products under Jobs. Bondi iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. And these were separated by years. 5 years between iMac and iPod. 6 years between iPod and iPhone and 3 years until the iPad. And the iPod wasn’t a major hit immediately, not really until gen 2 or 3. Jobs died in 2011, so it’s barely been 4 years.

      People seem to have formed a myth that Apple successfully entered new product category every few months under Jobs. Then they base their opinions on that fiction, which is puzzling.

    • Raj Singh

      I’m not sure what you’re question is but I was referring to the iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPhone and iPad over the course of years (not months) during his second tenure at Apple.
      They wanted to do TV but too timid. The watch is not extra ordinary. Now they’re attempting autonomous vehicles and VR because their revenues with their current portfolio are not sustainable over the long term.

    • It’s Me

      The question is, what’s changed post Jobs? Under jobs they went years between entering new categories as disrupters. Under Jobs they were apprehensive about a TV. Same as now. You’ve asserted that they aren’t the same without Jobs, that they just follow instead of disrupting but it seems based on a fiction of how Apple operated under Jobs.

  • Victor Creed

    I’d love to see iMessage on Android

  • danakin

    +1 for the photo with a Sony phone. Yes, that’s what I primatily took away from clicking this link.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Steve Jobs once suggest imessage would become a cross-platform service?

    • Mr Dog

      I think, one of the major advantages of iMessage over other messaging platforms if the seamless integration. Heck, most people use iMessage without even knowing so.

      That would be very hard to replicate on android or windows mobile OS.