So as long as you don't care about stuff like (mostly) guaranteed OS updates you can get a ad card slot -- which you still can't always use to store apps....
But most non-Apple smartphones use micro-SD these days,
Really? You mean like the Nexus? The Galaxy S6?
And then since my wife wants it for her mp3 player, not for an apple device, I need to run it through SoundConversion.
What modern device doesn't support AAC?
And no, AAC is not an Apple proprietary standard any more than MP3 is and is supported by every imaginable device.
If only it were solely Google. My 3 year old Apple tablet is not only obsolete, but has been for more than a year. No upgrades, no fixes, no revisions.
The only Apple tablet that doesn't get any updates is the original iPad introduced in March of 2010 and discontinued in March 2011 -- over four years old.
I don't think they're getting that much for the ads. After all, netflix manages to offer ad-free stuff for $8/month, same as Hulu+. It's probably closer to the difference between $8/month and $12.
Netflix doesn't offer next day viewing of content, Hulu does. I can't find a link now, but IIRC, a viewer is worth at least $0.60 per hour for broadcast TV.
" itâ(TM)s also completely free for music streaming providers. No backroom deals. No paid prioritization. Just you and your music â' unleashed. "
I can only assume that T-mobile demanded that the FM radio be disabled, in order to get people to use up all their data listening to streaming music.
That must be it! Especially considering T-mobile doesn't count music streaming services as part of your data allotment.
On a second thought, that reasoning makes no sense at all.....
Google allows you to unbundle all of the google-centric services from your phone and use whatever cloud APIs or App stores you want.
Nokia's smart move would have been to embrace Android
Yes because all of the Android manufacturers are making profits hand over fist....
App competing with Apple removed from Apple App Store without any explanation
2008 wants their arguments back....
Their are plenty apps on the app store that compete with iTunes, iTunes Radio, Beats Music, Mail, Maps, iBooks, Podcasts, and basically every other app.
That shows that the reason people buy Android phones isn't actually the OS (which I personally think is pretty shitty), people buy Android phones because they actually want Google apps and services.
Most people buy Android phones because they are cheap only few care about the supposed "openness". Google Services are not a differentiation between Android and iOS. I have an iPhone an iPad and a Nexus 7. Google apps are just as good on the iPhone as they are on Android.
What alternatives to Itunes exist? Are any big enough to challenge it?
Amazon Music, Google Play,
Apple have been able to use their market position to push around media companies. Media companies for fuck sake, the most pig headed, obnoxious and obstinate arseholes in the game.
That must be why Apple is having such an easy time getting unbundled cable channels.....
Apple have also been suing it's competitors left, right and centre just for being competitors.
Apple hasn't been slapped down for unfairly using FRAND patents. Motorola was while owned by Google.
Apple "limited choice" because other carriers weren't willing to allow Apple to update phones directly and wanted to put carrier crap on it. Apple went to Verizon first.
Hindsight being what it is, which was the better choice? Allowing carriers to put their own crap on the phone and to control updates or to force their hand?
In fact VP9 spec was finalized quarters before H.265, and Google has the ear and other anatomical bits of all the hardware manufactures in the Android world, so VP9 hardware support from the start is in very good shape.
All of the hardware manufacturers in the Android world? Google has no control over half of the Android phones in the world -- those selling in China and India running AOSP.
Ask Adobe how far anything on the web gets without Apple's support.
If a business chooses not to serve everyone they don't deserve the protections being a business entity gives them -- limited liability, trademark/copyright protection, etc.
The Catholic Church is not a for profit business and has nothing to do with the law.