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  • Is Apple Planning on Merging iTunes and Safari?


    Is Apple planning on merging two of its biggest applications in the near future? According to a new rumor posted by Three Guys and a Podcast, iTunes and Safari may become one application before the year is out.

    Apple has not done well in the battle for web browser supremacy. Currently, Safari doesn’t even have a 5% market share yet. Google’s Chrome, a relatively new web browser on the other hand, has already surpassed Safari with a 14% market share.

    iTunes is one of Apple’s biggest moneymakers. With billions of dollars in yearly revenue, it’s currently the largest online music retailer in the world. So how might Apple bolster its flailing web browser? One solution may turn out to be pairing it with iTunes.

    Rumors have been circulating for some time now that Apple would be expanding iTunes into the cloud. So far these rumors haven’t turned out to be true, but if Apple does plan on moving iTunes into the cloud, then the massive data center in North Carolina currently under construction, will surely play a pivotal part in the plan. It has yet to go online, but Apple obviously has plans for the site. Apple also purchased the Lala music streaming site in 2009, but they have not used the technology for anything as of yet.

    If Apple does merge iTunes and Safari, it would be an unprecedented event. iTunes and Safari are both valuable commodities individually and squeezing them into one application doesn’t make much sense. iTunes already feels rather crowded with so much content available. With music, videos, apps, books and podcasts readily available, just to name a few, merging all of that with Safari would just make for an even more cluttered application. For a company that prides itself on minimalism, this would be counter to that philosophy. Apple has a good thing going with iTunes. Hopefully, no one at Apple will be foolish enough to mess with the golden goose.

    Source: Three Guys and a Podcast
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Apple Planning on Merging iTunes and Safari? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      If they merge ..... were all screwed !!!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      The reason Firefox and Chrome are more popular than Safari is because people can code their website to be optimized for one browser and have it run just as efficient on all machines that use that browser(i.e. running better on Firefox regardless of whether Firefox is installed on a Mac or Windows computer).

      Also when creating plug-ins they can create one that goes for Firefox, again, regardless of what the actual OS running Firefox is. The smaller market share of Safari combined with the fact that Safari isn't for Windows means developers would have to code for Firefox, and then code again for Safari.

      There isn't anything really wrong with Safari but I find it renders pages slower than Firefix although it is less prone to crashing than Firefox. It's really just personal preference.
    1. Loxs's Avatar
      Loxs -
      Perhaps everyone is looking at it at the wrong way. Think about emergence of cloud computing. Perhaps the "iTunes" they're talking about is a web based cloud version of ITunes but safari will recognise iPhones plugged in etc. Would make way more sense than a merge between the two physical apps.

      As someone already said, safari is basically embeded into iTunes so all it would be is an addition of an address bar in ITunes and you basically have it. Hardly worthy of dropping iTunes for and selling all your mac equipment and jumping on the droid merry go round. It's just a rumour play with the idea and about how it may be valuable and what you would do if you were to merge them. Makes for more interesting debate.
    1. josh900's Avatar
      josh900 -
      this would be great. When apple does something they do it right.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      If this happens an anti-trust suit would come to the rescue. A company is not allowed to force a provisional product on it's users. Think about the suit Microsoft got slapped with by forcing IE into operating systems. As it is I am annoyed by the fact that EVERY TIME I upgrade iTunes, I get a pop-up that automatically has "install safari" selected.

      Steve, I don't want your crappy browser. I'm a Firefox user through and through. Now stop trying to jam it down my throat. If you want more market share do what you did with mobile devices INNOVATE and then users will CHOOSE your product. Nobody likes a pretentious bully.
      Why did Microsoft get an anti-trust suit for bundling IE with Windows, but Apple gets away with bundling Safari with OS X?
    1. SL4VE's Avatar
      SL4VE -
      iTunes and Safari is slow and bloated on windows thats the main issue here i think... iTunes feels light and nimble on a mac and apple need to make this universal if they combine the 2
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I don't even see how this could happen
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I'm...not fond of this idea. Especially when I use FireFox.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      I love Chrome, by far the best browser. I have converted pretty much all of my friends. Once they use Chrome once...they never go back to Firefox or IE...Safari isn't even in the picture.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      I kinda like the idea. But first they need to speed up Safari on Windows first. I haven't got a Mac (yet...) so I don't know if it runs faster on osx.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I would rather see Apple rewrite iTunes using a webkit interface. It would be resource lite and still capable via HTML5. iTunes is a hog as it now stands.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      On Mac OS X I got rid of any web browsers other than Safari....When i used windows however I ONLY used Opera and occasionally Chrome. I don't like to have more than one main Web Browser....and on OS X I have found Safari to be the best (plus I hate a crowded Applications Folder).

      Now, I actually like this idea, not sure exactly what they'd call it though. Think about it.....EVERYBODY uses iTunes, but not many people use Safari....so if people started using iTunes for the internet it would be the biggest web browser......hmmm....I like it.

      But I think that statistics aren't whats important here.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueblaze4444 View Post

      Now, I actually like this idea, not sure exactly what they'd call it though. Think about it.....EVERYBODY uses iTunes, but not many people use Safari....so if people started using iTunes for the internet it would be the biggest web browser......hmmm....I like it.

      But I think that statistics aren't whats important here.

      No, oh God no.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      K...new idea:

      Apple should make an "online bank" for people to store their music, apps, videos, photos to. They can login with their apple id and the bank would backup their iTunes library. They can call it iDrive
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Th3_Amazing_Ath3ist View Post
      K...new idea:

      Apple should make an "online bank" for people to store their music, apps, videos, photos to. They can login with their apple id and the bank would backup their iTunes library. They can call it iDrive
      That's what I was thinking the combo would do! A person wouldn't even need a 'personal' computer anymore since they could login from anywhere, backup/sync from anywhere, upgrade from anywhere and never have to worry about a dedicated computer! I could sync my iPhone from my iPhone! *I personally would still have a 'home' computer but for those w/ low dividends, this idea could work for them.

      Now for the MMI bashers! 3 - 2 - 1...!
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Where is any credible source for this information? The link here goes to Three Guys and a Podcast, but their article says nothing about any kind of source, and has no links. I mean, I understand it's a slow news week but that doesn't mean editors can just make sh*t up like this.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Wow...30 min and no insults yet!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i see why they would want to do this to help safari out, but i would have to see a preview fist to decide if i would like it at all
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      This will never happen
      Every time iTunes has an update for iDevices they would have to update Safari with it which would be alot more work
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Well instead of merging them they should just make an online bank for our data