Three Guys and a Podcast (via MacRumors) is reporting that Apple is may be moving to merge their web browser, Safari, with their digital media store, iTunes, into a single giant application. An excerpt: Apple may be preparing a massive move that will propel Safari from niche browser to market leader. The move to merge […]
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Safari and iTunes to Become One Single Application?

144029-safari_itunes_icon.jpgThree Guys and a Podcast (via MacRumors) is reporting that Apple is may be moving to merge their web browser, Safari, with their digital media store, iTunes, into a single giant application.
An excerpt:

Apple may be preparing a massive move that will propel Safari from niche browser to market leader. The move to merge Safari and iTunes into one software solution appears long in the works, which may arrive this fall at Apple’s usual iPod special event.

The argument here is that people will still want to access the iTunes, store, but will only be able to through Safari, thus, this will help push Safari’s market share up past 5% were it’s been sitting for the past few years.

Horsefeathers. First off, while Apple I’m sure would love to see Safari gain more traction in worldwide market share, there making a relatively small amount of money off of it compared to it’s other products and services. Secondly, I would guess that this would be detrimental to iTunes user numbers, and not the other way around. It would cause consumer confusion, and the people already uninterested in Safari wouldn’t suddenly become interested just because they glued the iTunes store to the side of it. Lastly, iTunes itself is already over-bloated. It started out as a media hub and a jukebox, and has now ballooned into the place where you purchase all of your content, manage it, a social network, jukebox, and a media hub.

If anything, I would expect Apple to pair down iTunes. In fact, the only reason I suspect Apple doesn’t spin each component off of the iTunes app, into it’s own unique application, is for the convenience of the user. Instead of installing a series of applications, you just download and install one- iTunes.

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