Re: [NTLK] Reflex Software

From: Laurent Daudelin <>
Date: Fri Feb 06 2009 - 17:22:10 EST

On Feb 6, 2009, at 13:49 , Lord Groundhog wrote:

> ~~~ On 2009/02/06 20:36, Laurent Daudelin at
> wrote ~~~
>> So, iTunes is basically an evolution of SoundJam. Even the original
>> developers at the time went to work for Apple...
> Exactly. Well, almost exactly. It's actually a devolution. They
> disabled
> a number of features, including features like being able to broadcast
> straight out of SoundJam onto the internet. I've never seen a
> reason given
> for why Apple decided to take a blazingly brilliant program and
> cripple it
> until it was only a pale shadow of its former self. Because they
> had the
> developers and owned the program, they could just as easily have
> updated
> SoundJam to be at least as brilliant on OSX if not better.
> It reminds me of what happened to a certain piece of revolutionary
> hardware
> in the '90s. Apple could have been kept it in development; if they
> had,
> we'd now have the handheld computer to make those new-fangled net-
> computers
> look like yesterday's cheap toys, and the iPhone look like a rough
> prototype. Instead, they cancelled it and took almost 10 years to
> give us a
> few scrag-ends of what might have been.

You have to remember that Apple started using iTunes to sell songs and
they were most likely under pressure from the recording labels to
remove some "sharing" features in it....

Laurent Daudelin
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