Nokia VP: Apple 'is playing catch-up' with iTunes Radio

Nokia VP: Apple 'is playing catch-up' with iTunes RadioThe soldiers doing the dirty work on the front lines of the “smartphone wars” (i.e. mobile forums) are often labelled as fanboys.

But increasingly those self-same battles are being fought on official lines too. Think of the “next big thing” Samsung ads, or HTC's withering response to the Galaxy S4 launch. Or Nokia's take on Apple's big iTunes Radio epiphany last night.

In case you missed it, Apple's music streaming service was finally unveiled at WWDC yesterday alongside iOS 7, much to the delight of iDevice users, and the moderate indifference of everyone else.

Or not quite everyone, as it happens.

Nokia Entertainment VP Jyrki Rosenberg, no doubt feeling the need to say something before history is rewritten to show that Apple actually invented music streaming yesterday, pointed out that Nokia Music has been around since 2011, and that Apple “is still playing catch up”.

“We launched our streaming radio service in 2011. It’s interesting to see Apple react now and it seems they continue to play catch up,” Rosenberg commented this morning.

“Nokia Music will stay true to our mobile-first approach and continue to deliver an extremely simple, personalised and contextual way to discover and enjoy music on the go.”

Fair enough, though I do have to wonder just what he thinks all the other music streaming services will be doing instead.

Via Slashgear

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 11, 2013 at 16:57

Nokia had so many ups and downs with their various music services - they should be quiet, really. Not that I care.

mightyforest  Jun. 11, 2013 at 19:34

Nokia music is a great free service, i agree Apple have always been behind, just millions of deluded people choose to overpay for yesterdays tech

corgi74  Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:34

WE7 is a better free service than Nokia Music. I have an IPhone 5 and a Lumia 820 so have used both. To make Nokia Music comparable to WE7 you need to pay £4 a month.

corgi74  Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:44

Also our product that is unavailable on your platform came out 2 years before your product that is unavailable on our platform?
What a waste of air

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 12, 2013 at 16:51

Also our product that is unavailable on your platform came out 2 years before your product that is unavailable on our platform?
What a waste of air
what?

corgi74  Jun. 12, 2013 at 17:02

Also our product that is unavailable on your platform came out 2 years before your product that is unavailable on our platform?
What a waste of air
what?


My summary of what the Nokia VP said. I honestly don't see the point of it. It's as if he felt compelled to say something no matter what. Comes across quite churlish.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 12, 2013 at 17:44

Also our product that is unavailable on your platform came out 2 years before your product that is unavailable on our platform?
What a waste of air
what?


My summary of what the Nokia VP said. I honestly don't see the point of it. It's as if he felt compelled to say something no matter what. Comes across quite churlish.


Ah, okay... I thought that was your point.
Agree. They sometimes take their moths quite full - remember when they released their maps app for iOS after Apple screwed up? LOL... they sneer for days and then launch something even worse than what Apple fabricated.

corgi74  Jun. 12, 2013 at 18:01

Exactly. Don't get me wrong as I love my 820 but I bought it and accept it for what it really is. A sat nav that makes phone calls.
Perhaps that's the message Nokia need to present.

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