@clarkgoble@johngordon The uncomfortable truth may be that selling individuated access to a collection of bits-as-functionality is dying the way selling individuated access to a collection of bits-as-music/movies is.
SaaS for everyone!
@clarkgoble@johngordon Their most essential applications are social networking, and then virtual interfaces to real-world content and service delivery: banking, Netflix, Seamless, Spotify, etc.
All of those extract revenues outside the App Store.
@clarkgoble@johngordon Sadly, I’m not sure reality agrees with our idealism. The majority of iPhone buyers are consumers; they don’t need productivity apps, just novelty and fun ones to augment the media they create to share online.
@kingmahl Sure, but they all flowed from those fundamental decisions. The original BlackBerry’s small LCD screen, BES, the design of the operating system—everything was geared toward maximizing limited energy supply.
@kingmahl Scaling up a minimal, energy-thrifty device vs scaling down a power-hungry, maximal device.
The Blackberry was a scaled up cellular phone. The iPhone is a scaled down computer. The iPhone won.
@jeremycherfas The wince? The part where he said Ladysmith Black Mambazo *couldn’t* sing a minor 4th or whatever, because they just didn’t hear it.
I get what he was saying, but it felt inelegantly phrased.
@jeremycherfas I was listening to the 25th Anniversary Edition (on Music) and there’s a near-10-minute track where Paul talks about how “Graceland” was written.
Aside from one wince-inducing expression, it indicates healthy collaboration.
@matigo The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in the corner of the sky…
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry, baby, don’t cry
One of my favorite albums of all time.