Amazon lance une alternative à iTunes pour les détenteurs d’iPhone – High-Tech – Actualité – Trends.be
vendredi 18 janvier 2013 à 15h24
Amazon a annoncé qu’il allait mettre à disposition des utilisateurs de l’iPhone son catalogue musical. Il y auront accès via une mise à jour de l’application “Amazon Cloud Player”. Il compte bien en faire une alternative à iTunes.
La guerre se poursuit entre Amazon et Apple, sur le terrain commercial. Le premier a mis un peu plus la pression sur iTunes, la boutique de musique en ligne d’Apple, en annonçant jeudi qu’il vendait désormais des morceaux spécialement adaptés aux appareils du groupe à la pomme. Amazon a lancé “une boutique de MP3 optimisés spécialement pour l’iPhone et l’iPod touch”, selon un communiqué.
“Depuis le lancement de l’application pour iPhone et iPod touch, Amazon Cloud Player (qui permet de stocker de la musique en ligne sur un service d’Amazon puis de l’écouter en streaming ou de la télécharger, NDLR), une demande principale des consommateurs est la possibilité d’acheter de la musique sur Amazon directement depuis leurs appareils. Pour la première fois, ils ont un moyen de le faire”, a indiqué Steve Boom, vice président d’Amazon Music, dans le communiqué.
Amazon espère ainsi convaincre les consommateurs de moins recourir à iTunes, jusqu’ici incontournable pour les détenteurs d’un appareil Apple et qui domine largement le marché de la musique numérique en ligne.
Le distributeur en ligne avait déjà annoncé la semaine dernière une initiative visant à concurrencer iTunes, en annonçant qu’il mettrait gratuitement à disposition sur le compte Cloud Player de ses clients des versions numériques MP3 de tous les CD qu’ils avaient achetés dans son magasin en ligne depuis sa création.
For years, people have been predicting the death of Microsoft’s Windows dominance. And in the last two years, it’s finally happened. The rise of iOS and Android have made Microsoft’s operating system significantly less important.
Luckily for Microsoft, this hasn’t meant the death of its business overall. Thanks to the strength of its Office franchise and its Servers and Tools business, Microsoft is still very healthy.
But, there’s no escaping that Windows is what drives the whole company. CEO Steve Ballmercalls Windows, “the heart and soul of Microsoft from Windows PCs to Windows Servers to Windows Phones and Windows Azure.” And that heart is beating a little bit more weakly today than it was in say, 2005.
Going into 2013, this will be one of the major stories to watch. Microsoft released Windows 8 in an attempt to reverse the decline of Windows’ importance. It has touch elements which are meant to mitigate the rise of the iPad, and Android. But so far, it’s off to a slow start. Can Microsoft reverse it in 2013? Or is this time different? Are we really, finally, seeing the end of Windows?
Kevin Smith| Aug. 16, 2012, 10:48 AM
Apple is reportedly cutting back on its retail staff because it’s interested in making its stores more profitable.
We think this is a misguided decision. Apple’s stores are fantastically profitable, and the abundance of employees makes shopping at the store a pleasant experience.
To illustrate how profitable, and how successful Apple’s stores are we’re republishing this infographic from OnlineMBA.com.
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Android sales declined in the US, according to research
Google’s smartphone OS efforts have already panned out in Germany, and that success extends to the country’s neighbors as well. June 2012 data from Kantar Worldpanel showed Android taking a strong hold on smartphone sales in Western Europe during the previous 12 weeks. The Android operating system ran on the majority of smartphones sold in four of the EU-5 countries—Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain. And in Italy, the fifth country in the group, Android held 49.6% of the market, just shy of a majority share. One year earlier, Android accounted for under 50% of sales in each of those countries during the three-month period.
In Spain, Google has made a particularly successful bid to become the first name in the smartphone market. The country saw Android’s share of the market more than double from 41% in June 2011 to 84% one year later.
The lower price point for many Android-enabled smartphones may be particularly compelling in a region beleaguered by economic troubles but with a highly mature population of internet users. Google seems to have known the moment was ripe and aggressively asserted and expanded dominance in the field. Seen from this angle, it’s no surprise that the greatest increase would come from Spain, a notably depressed country with the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone. In contrast to Android, iOS dipped 2.5 percentage points in Spain, just behind France as the second-greatest iOS market loss.
comScore data on OS smartphone users in Germany and the UK, from Q1 and Q2 2012, respectively, confirmed the expansion of Android in Western Europe. Although comScore’s estimates were lower than Kantar’s, the growth trend was even more pronounced, with the share of smartphone users on the Android platform in Germany rising from 17% to 40%, and the share of UK users rising from 27% to 42%. The difference in estimates may come from comScore’s measurement of individual users vs. Kantar’s measurement of overall sales.
In contrast to Western Europe, Google’s progress in the US has slowed, according to Kantar. The study found that Android’s share actually declined by just under 7 percentage points, although Google still held onto a majority of sales in the country. The data from Kantar also differs somewhat from eMarketer’s own predictions for the US, which anticipates a rise of 6 percentage points in Google’s smartphone user share, putting Android at 43% in 2012. Like comScore, eMarketer’s numbers reflect individual users as opposed to sales.
With the smartphone market somewhat more nascent in Western Europe as compared to the US, Google is doing a good job of capturing mobile users as they upgrade to smartphones. According to Dominic Sunnebo, consumer insight director at Kantar, in a statement from the report, “Smartphone consumers are much more loyal to their brand of handset and carrier than feature phone consumers, highlighting the importance of capturing feature phone owners when they are starting to look to change their handset.”
eMarketer estimates that there will be 104.9 million smartphone users in Western Europe this year, and 179.3 million in 2014, when the region is expected to surpass North America. In 2016, Western Europe will have the world’s highest regional smartphone penetration. Growth will come in no small part from the efforts of Google to solidify and grow its lead within these mature countries.
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