Here's your fun stat for today: Apple's iTunes, Software, and Services group has gross revenues of about half that of Google's entire core business – excluding Motorola and "Other" – and those revenues are rising faster than Google's. Apple's iTunes Group's gross revenues compared with those of Google's core business In …
People hate adverts.
Apple need to develop a good search engine with no adverts. Google did it to Altavista and now we are stuck with ads here there and everywhere and our data / usage being mined to show more ads - whether we want it or not.
Google is also effectively a tax on everyone as businesses you use end up paying Google for ads - at least you can choose to buy Apple stuff. So next time you marvel at Google's profits remember you are paying those directly or indirectly - whether you use Google yourself - or not.
Great joke post..
thanks for that. The PC has a Microsoft tax on it so the next time you marvel at Microsofts profits remember you have been royally screwed again. Lets face it Googles stealth tax is worth paying for anyway as the ads are tailored for you and we dont have to worry about getting porn ads because we searched for chicken breasts at Tesco!
No i am glad the bad old days of stagnating the internet under Microsoft are long gone and we can enjoy a much more streamlined internet and even a smoother one if you have the sense and ditch internet exploder already
Music in decline?
It certainly looks that way. Spotify and other subscription streaming services are having a major impact on iTunes-style download-and-keep sales.
Re: Music in decline?
Er, that is patently untrue. As in maybe in your parochial English point of view. But there are a ton of people buying apps on the iTunes store, haven't as yet seen a spottily for that.
And I know iTunes radio hasn't yet appeared in the UK, but mark my words it's coming.
Re: Music in decline?
You misunderstand. The green block at the bottom of the Apple chart, labelled "music gross revenues", has clearly shrunk in recent quarters. Reading off the graph, music sales appear to have fallen by over 50% in the most recent quarter compared with their peak in Q3 2012.
People hate being tracked
and data mined.
Since Apple has software they sell on both the Mac app store and the iOS app store, are those revenues reported twice in that graph, once in the app store an once in the appropriate category?
If you are a developer for the mobile market - iOS pays the bills - Android is harder to develop for and users spend less.
Dont make me laugh
Android is harder to develop for!! Since when? If anything iOS AND Android are easy to develop for as they both use VERY similar hardware, the one that just plain stinks is Windows phone
It's the internet.
And you pay for it?
(expecting downvotes from the holier than thou crowd)
How much tax are they paying on that?
So, selling real things
Trumps selling badly targeted adverts (and no Google/Facebook, I don't want magical supplements that turn fat old me into a fucking body builder, with zero effort). Who'd have thunk that?
Apple isn't selling a product - it's selling a brand, and with it comes brand loyalty. The "walled garden" approach - reviled by so many - helps keeps piracy down and shield those who have bought into the brand from crapware. Consequently, Apple customers are happier that they have bought into a premium brand and show their loyalty to that brand by their willingness to pay for apps etc.
On the other hand, say "Google" and people think "web search". Or "adverts". Or even - given recent events - "spying". The Android OS, fragmented across however many different device manufacturers, does little to inspire brand loyalty (the average Joe on the street buys "Samsung", not "Android"), and the openness - while a great idea in principle - is flawed due to how easily it is exploited, hence Android malware, the array of fart apps and the 90% piracy rate.
So I'm not surprised at the difference between the company that actively engenders loyalty from its customers and one that treats their customers as mere outlets for advertising.