November 17, 2004

The Audion story

Writing about web page http://www.panic.com/extras/audionstory/

Fascinating account of what happened to a software house making MP3 software for the Mac once iTunes appeared. My favourite quote (when the narrator gets a meeting with Steve Jobs):-

I remember he asked, "Do you have any other ideas for apps you want to work on?" I replied, genuinely, "Well, we've got an idea for a digital photo management program…" and he replied with a simple, "Yeah. Don't do that one."

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  1. Chris May

    mine is

    [iTunes] single-handedly taught us an entirely new philosophy on software design. Do you really need that Preference that 1% of your users will use?
    [...] Can you clean this up, even if it means it's a little less flexible? iTunes blazed the trail for clean, efficient software design for a broad audience, a design philosophy we practice actively today

    17 Nov 2004, 21:35

  2. Mine was, when talking to Steve Jobs about iTunes competing with Audion.

    "Well, I think it looks great! You guys have done a great job with it. But, you know, I still feel we'll do all-right with Audion."
    "Oh, really? That's interesting, because honestly? I don't think you guys have a chance.

    18 Nov 2004, 09:29


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