Remains of the Day: Pulp fiction
Is a subscription service music to Tim Cook’s ears? Will Apple set back the clock on Swatch? Will a judge tell a case not to pass go and not to collect $200? All those questions and more on the remainders for Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine—whom you might remember said he tried to talk Steve Jobs into a music subscription service a decade ago—has reportedly met with Tim Cook and Eddy Cue about Beats’s plan to launch a subscription music service, codenamed “Project Daisy.” No deal was discussed, apparently, though Reuters says that “Cook expressed interest in Daisy’s business model.” I can hear him now: “Nice business model, Jimmy—shame if something were to happen to it.”
I don’t know what I love more—that the Swatch CEO said at a press conference that “replacing an iPhone with an interactive terminal on your wrist is difficult” or that he said it while smoking a giant cigar. But he totally has a point—and, I mean, who the heck is ever going to say “Gentlemen, synchronize iPhones!”
How I ended up with Mac (Tirania)
Gnome creator Miguel de Icaza has forsaken Linux for the Mac, due in large part to the fragmentation of open-source platform. By my count that leaves just a single Linux user.
Matt Groening’s Artwork For Apple (VintageZen)
Simpsons creator Matt Groening once illustrated a brochure for Apple entitled “Who Needs a Computer Anyway?: A Student’s Guide.” The answer, of course, was nobody. Nobody needed a computer.
Sorry, Apple—you’ve got a losing battle here. Clearly there is an iPhone Monopoly.
Ending excessive work hours (Apple)
Apple reported that as of January, its suppliers are at 99-percent compliance with the company’s sanctioned 60-hour work week.