Slashdot held an open Q&A with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, it’s a rather long thread to read through, and like a lot of these open Q&A’s it is terribly unorganized and presented like someone would present something to people that they hate, anyways, here’s my choice quote from Woz:
If you remember, we ported iTunes to Windows. We now addressed 100% of the world’s market with this integrated system (iPod/iTunes) and it began the era of Apple that we are now in. So why don’t we port iTunes to Android? Did something get closed up? I love Apple products and iTunes and wish it were on my Android products too.
There’s two fascinating things in this quote. I want to break them down a bit more.
I like the idea that Apple is shooting themselves in the foot a bit with iTunes — at least at first glance. Apple undoubtedly ported iTunes to Windows — not to gain a Windows foot hold — but to expand the iPod market. What good is an iPod to a Windows user if you can’t sync it with Windows? Limiting the iPod to just the Mac market, also limits the growth potential to just the Mac market.
However, not porting iTunes to Android does nothing to limit Apple. Instead it effectively locks in iTunes customers to Apple devices. That’s just as savvy a business move as porting iTunes to Windows was. Apple needed iTunes on Windows to grow the iPod and later the iOS market. Apple doesn’t need iTunes on Android and in fact likely sees doing so as opening up the door to competition.
It is very interesting to me that Woz chose the wording of “we”. There’s no doubt that Woz had a large part in Apple, but I very seriously doubt he currently has a hand in Apple affairs. I could be way off, but that’s the sense that I get. So using “we” sounds very odd to me.
This is especially odd given the next post he makes, writing:
I wish that instead of all these lawsuits Apple was sitting down and cross-licensing with the other players. They have come up some very good features without complicating the UI
Now that Woz is talking about something he loathes, he switches from “we” to “they”. I won’t harp too much on this, I just thought it was very telling about how Woz still associates and doesn’t associate with Apple.
This doesn’t really matter, but I always find it interesting how Woz seems to waffle between embracing what Apple does and condemning what Apple does.