Thought via Path

iTunes Radio is actually very useable. Looking forward to the standalone app on iOS 8. at Neo And His Matrix – Read on Path.

Every part of our lives or our businesses that’s left untouched is a space that another company can invade. Apple used music; Google used search; Facebook used your friends.
When Facebook bought Instagram in a cash-and-stock deal that at the time was worth $1 billion, it effectively affirmed the value of iOS while confirming the decline of Facebook’s own platform. Here, finally, was an app that could replace the native photos application on Facebook, which, way back on May 24, 2007, was something Zuckerberg suggested could be achieved by a third-party developer on its platform. It just so happened that this one was built outside of Facebook. The deal highlighted the Platform’s failure to prop up any substantial businesses outside the gaming category.
A locked-in mobile application user is worth more than a desktop user.
On the browser, SEO and SEM are paramount, but the equivalent tools on mobile are either non-existent or at best immature. Living in the middle of these two worlds simultaneously creates interesting and unique challenges.
We took something that was inherently decentralised and we locked it up into one provider.
Add Tetris to your product and you’ll probably see a boost in engagement, but does that mean your product is better?
Screens of squarish icons for apps that don’t really talk to each other very much. No complex desktop “widgets” or 2-up-app split-screens, or anything like that.
Dan Frommer thinks iOS 7 isn’t much different. http://www.splatf.com/2013/06/ios7-week/
Apple’s philosophy – and particular genius – has always been in sieving the demands of users, technologies and the cultural zeitgeist, and finding the right hundred things to remove for every one thing to keep. I care about what my devices can help me do, and how they can enhance my life. I don’t care about patting a designer on the head, or being distracted from what truly matters.
There is a real elegance to the idea of focused companies with clear missions and simple products. It is similarly attractive to imagine we can improve our complicated lives in this complex world by stitching together highly specialized apps that do one thing and do it well.