Could it be true? Apple has finally decided to bring an iTunes app to Android? Perhaps…
Generally one to only play nice with others of its own iOS ilk, Apple tends to stick to the core-principle that it is right and every other smartphone operating system/manufacturer is not only wrong but also warrants a good, hard suing. However, the rumours circulating today seem to suggest that the fruity one is considering stepping outside of its comfort zone and taking a bite out of the Android market with an iTunes app designed for Google’s mobile OS.
Sources speaking to Billboard have sent the online rumour mill into a spin with exciting – if unconfirmed – news that the first stage of Apple’s Android-involving plans will be to launch an on-demand, Spotify-aping music streaming service, based on an annual subscription that permits access-all-areas to iTunes’s vast musical repository. Naturally, though, again akin to Spotify, whilst users will be able to listen to their sub-songs until they’re sick of them, there will be no facility to download and actually ‘own’ anything.
Essentially, then, an extension of the current iTunes Radio service available in the US and Australia, and an extension that’s reported to be in the very early stages of discussion, it’s the second rumour from the same sources that offers even more intrigue.
Whereas Steve Jobs famously dismissed the idea of allowing any other mobile OS access to his precious iTunes, it’s possible that the current CEO, Tim Cook, is very much in the market to take the media library to the Android masses.
Stating that he has “no religious issues” in porting iTunes over to other operating systems, Billboard’s sources say that Apple is finally giving serious consideration to creating an iTunes app for the open source OS.
If and when this will materialise is a complete unknown, but coming from a source that’s said to be credible, it seems music may truly become the food of love between the famously feuding operating systems.