Steve Jobs on iTunes and Android: Biography gossip

By Alan Ng - Oct 24, 2011

We recently informed you about how Steve Jobs wanted to ‘ruin’ Android in the latest relevation taken from his biography, but now we have even more gossip to share with you, in relation to theories on iTunes appearing on Google’s Android platform.

As most of you are well aware, iTunes remains available on Apple’s Mac OS X platforms, but since 2003, the company has now extended its availability to Microsoft’s Windows as well.

If you ever wondered why iTunes has never made it to Android, some comments taken out of Walter Isaacson’s biography are excellent reading and it reveals that Jobs did indeed plan to include iTunes on Android at one point. Here is some of his comments, as reported from CNET:

“We thought about whether we should do a music client for Android. We put iTunes on Windows in order to sell more iPods. But I don’t see an advantage of putting our own music app on Android, except to make Android users happy. And I don’t want to make Android users happy.”

Yes, you read that correctly. The main reason that iTunes is not on Android, is that Jobs didn’t want to make Android users happy. Jobs’ opinions on Android are well documented of course, but perhaps his comments may be deemed as very harsh in the view of Android owners who just want to enjoy the best format of listening to music. You may argue that there are plenty of better alternatives out there on Android for listening to music but let’s face it – iTunes is head and shoulders above everything else at the moment.

It has become apparent that Steve Jobs has said a lot about Android in his biography. It is pretty fascinating reading – here’s his comments about Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates for example. Let’s just hope that Tim Cook manages to emulate some of the fiery nature that Jobs had in relation to his rivalries with other operating systems.

So Android users, Steve Jobs didn’t want you to be happy – what are your thoughts on this?

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  • Anonymous

    It worked out well for me.  I hate itunes and didn’t buy an iphone because I was trying to get away from having to constantly deal with itunes in order to update anything.  I ended up getting an android phone mostly for that reason, and I’m thrilled that i did.

  • disagree completely ….Spotify is ahead of everything else out there.

    • Alan Ng

      In terms of overall success…iTunes is leading the way, but if you’re talking about popularity.. I’d have to agree with you..Spotify is fantastic.. I just wish they didn’t set that frustrating 10 hour cap on normal accounts… each to their own I guess..thanks for the comment 🙂