Posts tagged ‘Amazon’

November 20, 2011

Google Music vs. iTunes vs. Amazon MP3

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week Google announced its iTunes competitor, Google Music, a web-based music store currently only available in the US. It’s interesting to see that Google is trying to play catch up with Apple on many of Apple’s products, while Apple is quietly carving away new products and markets. I am sure GoogleChic won’t like to hear it 🙂 

Here’s my unbiased attempt to spell out the differences between Google Music and iTunes. For a very brief overview scroll down for Huffington’s breakdown on iTunes, Google Music and Amazon MP3 

  • Cost: Google Music provides free storage of 20,000 songs for free while Apple provides free storage for songs bought on iTunes and $24.99 per year for iTunes match – for up to 25,000 songs that you haven’t bought on iTunes.
  • Access:  On Google Music, you can access your music via a web interface.  Using iTunes match on a desktop would require the iTunes. On your iOS devices you have seamless access and I don’t have to say much about Apple’s intuitive interface.
  • Storage space: You get 25,000 song storage on iTunes match while 20,000 on Google Music.
  • Upload:  Each song on Google Music is uploaded manually and would probably suck up a lot of time, while iTunes match “matches” your song with its own digital library and doesn’t really upload the song from your computer saving you some upload time.
  • Quality: Whatever the quality of music you have, iTunes Match gives you the high quality 256 kbps AAC, while Google just stores it in whatever format you have. While legitimizing your ripped songs, Apple is also giving you the best quality audio. 
  • Catalog size: Google Music offers over 13 million songs available for purchase. One missing piece in Google Music is Warner Music Group, third largest record label in the music industry, holding approx 20 percent of the market share. Google is still to finalize deals with Time Warner Music. Apple has agreements with all the four big wigs EMI, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, so obviously you can buy across a wider range of music than Google Music.
  • Social Networking: Google Music is integrated with Google+ and Apple has its own music network called Ping, one of it’s failed products. Google+ allows users to post individual tracks to their Google+ pages where friends get one time free listen of each track. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google+ doesn’t give Google Music the expected edge since Google + hasn’t done much to steal away Facebook’s subscribers.

At the end it comes down to “Will Google beat Apple’s iTunes eco system?” There is a big gaping music hole in the Apple vs. Google war. The only things, in my opinion, that Google has to its advantage is the accessibility and cost, which probably appeals to a wider audience, but there are other forces like Amazon that Google has to beckon with before it starts hurting Apple and the iTunes consumer base Apple has built up over the years. What do you think?

 

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November 16, 2011

Amazon drops Apple TV price to $89 and tags it as 2010 edition

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Amazon just dropped the price of Apple TV by $10 selling at $89 with free shipping, matching its brick and mortar competitor Best Buy who are also selling it for $89 with free shipping.What’s interesting is Amazon has named it as the 2010 edition. Is there a new Apple TV on the horizon? Apple TV currently supports 720p widescreen video and features such as Netflix, Flickr, Mobile Me, iTunes movies and TV shows along with Airplay support. Airplay is it’s best and exclusive feature. If you already have an iPad and iPhone at home, buying Apple TV is a no brainer.

There is a lot of potential in Apple’s pet project, like integration with Apps and iCloud, web browsing, and Siri. Let’s hope to see it all materialize in the next release. For now, this is the best deal on Apple TV since Apple products hardly ever go on sale.  

 

October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Memorabilia – Biography

 BY THE APPLE GIRL 

We are looking for memorabilia  to remember the greatest CEO and creative genius of our decade. The first one is the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. AllThingsD reports that Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is  now expected to release on October 24, previously it was November 21. The book will be available on iTunes and Amazon. You can also pre-order it on Amazon, who reports that the order has gone up by 40,000% in the last 24 hours. Walter Isaacson interviewed Steve Jobs after his resignation only a few weeks ago. The last interview is expected to be included in the book.

Steve Jobs has impacted a lot of people around the world, hopefully his biography lives up to his philosophy and perspective.

P.S We have added a Steve Jobs  page to bring back memories of his legacy,

Source: MacRumors

September 26, 2011

Amazon and Apple Media Events coming up

BY THE APPLE GIRL

AllThings D reports that the Apple media event hosted by the new CEO Tim Cook scheduled on October 4 is to be held at Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino, California. There are several theories flying around why the event is not being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. However, the excitement around the media event is the expected release of iPhone 5. What will be interesting to see is if Jobs himself is in attendance at the event.

Amazon too has a media event scheduled but on September 28, when it is expected to launch its Android based Tablet. The tablet is expected to be deeply integrated into Amazon’s services and products – Kindle, Cloud Player, Video Player and App Store. The entry-level price point is expected to be $250. I am curious to see what kind of competition Amazon is going to bring to the table.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’ll be interesting for sure to see how Tim Cook fairs in his first Apple event as the new CEO. He’s got some pretty big shoes to fill, although if it is the iPhone 5 launch everyone will be ogling at the phone instead of him 🙂

As you should have guessed by now, I am more excited about the Amazon event as compared to the Apple event. Although the Amazon tablet will probably look nothing like a typical Android device since it’s going to be running a heavily skinned UI and you definitely can’t compare it to a Samsung Tabs for sure. However, for the 200 price range it should would make a good gift for family members 🙂


 

September 5, 2011

Cheapest Tablets and Deals

BY THE APPLE GIRL

If you missed out on HP’s blow out $99 sale for the Touch Pad, nothing to fret! Touch Pad is making a come back one last time (or so HP claims. After all their wishy washy announcements, I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce the resurrection of WebOS soon after). We don’t know how much HP would price the next round of tablets, but let’s hope it’s close to that smashing $99 price range.Here are some other options if you don’t really care for the OS.

RIM announced a $50 discount on Play Book for the Labor day weekend at Best Buy. A 16GB Play Book would cost $449.99 at a $50 discount. Not a huge deal, but clearly Playbooks are not selling.

Amazon’s yet to be released Amazon Kindle running Android with Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon App Store is expected to be priced at $250. I would be interested to see the market dynamics when this one comes out.

The low priced entrants in the Indian tablet market will undercut almost all tablets in the US. Reliance’s 3G Tab at $285, Bharti’s Beetle Magiq at $220, LACS’s $99 tablets and the best priced of all is OLPC’s $35 tablet.

All in all, small gross margins, stiff competition and a lot of blood shed to come.

I can’t end a blog without talking about Apple, right? 🙂 Apple iPad 2s are starting to peek into the refurbished inventory. Currently, they have the fully loaded 3G AT&T and Verizon iPad 2 at $779 after having shed $50 from its original $829.


 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Right now Verizon is running a pretty sweet deal on certified pre-owned Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab. With a 2 yr contract you can get the XOOM for $299.99 and the Tab for just $69.99.

For just $100 more compared to the discounted XOOM price, you can get an Acer Iconia or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for $399. Not willing to spend that much, get  a Dell Streak 7 for $279, although you won’t get Honeycomb on that :P.

There’s a lot of good tablets out there. If you’re looking for one hopefully you end up on this side of the fence instead of Apple’s 😉

May 24, 2011

“App Store” – What’s in a name?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Why does every mobile OS maker or app seller want to call their application distribution platform an App Store? That’s what Apple is complaining about.

It’s no doubt that Microsoft has an issue about the trademark and it filed a motion at the US trademark and Patent office to deny Apple’s application, claiming Apple cannot trademark a generic term. To remind Microsoft, “App Store” wasn’t a generic term until Apple created it.

Soon Amazon followed and named it’s store for Android apps as “Amazon App Store” and Apple sued Amazon.

Why cant others call their distribution platforms something else like “Application Store”, because thats what an App Store really is? 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Google has done a good job calling it’s “App Store” the Market. However,  an outsider who is not familiar with Android may wonder what the Market is.  The response to that would be the app store for Android.

Yes, AppleGirl we can call it the application store. However, in this day and age where acronyms are in our everyday vocab, who doesn’t use the abbreviated version 🙂

I say that we coin the new term the App Entrepot and call it a day!

September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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