First unveiled in June during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 5 heralds more than 200 new user features and brings 1,500 new APIs. It is designed to provide seamless integration with Apple's free iCloud service, replacing Apple's MobileMe offering. The iCloud automatically syncs content on Apple servers for access across iOS devices including Macs and PCs. Each day, iCloud backup saves information from the user's iOS devices over Wi-Fi, storing updated content including purchased music, apps and books, as well as photos, videos, device settings and app data. Additionally, Apple's App Store and iBookstore now download purchased iOS apps and books to all authorized devices, not just the unit on which they were purchased.
This all sounds great, at first glance, but what broadcasters are discovering is that if you are streaming WMA to apps or Apple devices, your stream is no longer working on those devices. This is yet another example of Apple’s global war on Microsoft and any other operating system that might threaten their dominance.
Many attempts have been made to prevent these types of actions by Apple. A class-action suit filed against Apple alleges the company unfairly uses technological restrictions with its iPod line and iTunes Music Store to beat out competitors. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is the latest to accuse Apple of unfair business practices. Apple is facing similar legal actions and scrutiny elsewhere in the U.S. and Europe.
As we are all aware, you “can’t fight city hall.” If cyberspace were a city, Steve Jobs would be the Mayor. So what should stations do? AACplus is currently the most widely accepted streaming format for both PC and Mac users and is gaining popularity with app developers as a cross-platform format. It is a format that Apple seems happy with as well.
There is another saying we are all very familiar with: “if given enough rope one would hang himself.” Microsoft has sat by with the attitude that this iTunes fad will fade eventually. Apple continuously improves its operating systems and this affects all areas of electronic media. Even someone like me who was a die-hard PC fan, now has a Mac on my desk, an iPhone in my pocket and an iPad when I travel.