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Sydney's Mom
03-22-2010, 06:04 PM
The discussions about the ipad have puzzled me. People have said they will probably allow the Kindle app, because Jobs just cares about music, the book market is not that big.

So, am I the only person who spends more on books than music? How much more?

TallMomof2
03-22-2010, 08:22 PM
I spend a lot more on books! Still spend a bit on music but books are my addiction.

CFarrell
03-22-2010, 08:26 PM
I spend more on books but most people listen to music, not everyone reads. My OH has never read a book in his life. Seriously. I don't get it but whatever :blink:

Tamara
03-22-2010, 08:47 PM
You can put any non-DRM music you want on an iPhone/iPad/Touch. You just load it into iTunes and it transfers over to the iPod portion of the device.

Also, Zune doesn't make a Zune app for the iPhone nor do any of the other proprietary music services.

fugazied
03-22-2010, 08:57 PM
I spend more on books for sure, they are so expensive! My music collection is often full of less legitimately sourced media, bands I am 'trialing' to see if I like before I buy them.

Jobs definitiely cares about the book market, don't let the inclusion of the Kindle app fool you. He wants to get those customers (who may have large kindle collections) onto the iPad. The kindle app makes it easy for Kindle users to move across. Then they are on his platform, and will potentially start buying the MANY things the iPad sells: magazines, comics, books, movies, tv shows, games, podcasts, software.

Nakor
03-22-2010, 10:42 PM
I rarely buy or listen to any music, though I imagine I'm a bit of an exception in having that disinterest.

Steven Lyle Jordan
03-22-2010, 10:52 PM
Let's face it, the majority of big-profit consumers--the 15-35s--are spending more money on music than books right now... yes, we're the minority. (What can I say? We're special.)

OTOH, the music industry is losing a lot of money to piracy, and Apple is one of the most successful entities in turning some of those users into paid customers. I imagine they hope to do the same to the e-book industry, but as they know where their larger income is coming from, they are probably not that worried about it.

Solitaire1
03-22-2010, 11:24 PM
I spend more on reading material (meaning books, magazines, and comic books) than I do on music. One of the main reasons is I have a large music collection already and there is little new music that I'm interested in.

In the past I was spending significantly more on music when CD was introduced since I was buying both new music and rebuying music that I already had on LPs, 45s, and cassettes. Now, rebuying has basically ended and while my reading material buying has dropped a bit I still buy a significant amount each month.

leebase
03-22-2010, 11:31 PM
Jobs wants to sell books for sure -- but he also wants to sell music, apps, tv shows, movies -- and of course, more iPads. I seriously doubt that Apple has more to lose by accepting the Kindle app than they have to gain by it.

You can use iTunes to load music on the iPhone/iPod that you don't buy from Apple. There are many music apps like Pandora that compete with folks buying music from iTunes. I think this particular boogeyman is overblown.

Lee

Lemurion
03-23-2010, 07:20 AM
I spend much more on books than music - I also read much more than I listen to music, or watch TV/Movies. The big reason I don't really listen to music or watch much video these days is because they're not very tolerant of interruption and I find I get about 2-3 minutes in to a song or show and something happens so I have to stop.

After taking three tries just to listen to one song all the way through without interruption, I tend to stop bothering.

GA Russell
03-23-2010, 12:16 PM
Since leaving school, the majority of my reading purchases have been for newspapers and magazines rather than books. I am sure that I spent more money on music.

But considering the investment I have since December put into my new eBook reader, it's going to be a long time before my music purchases match that sum.

Jaime_Astorga
03-23-2010, 02:48 PM
Unless you count the listening device, I haven't spent any money at all in music. Conversely, as recently as this year I have had to spend a lot of money buying university textbooks.

alecE
03-25-2010, 08:30 AM
Books definitely in the majority, by both cost and volume - whilst music is a pleasure to me, reading will always be the preferred addiction :-)

dsvick
03-25-2010, 08:58 AM
Books by far - of course this is the wrong place to ask that question I'm sure the results will be pretty skewed :)

Until we moved recently I went several years without turning on the radio in my car - of course it was only a 5 minute drive to work so, by the time I found a song to listen to, I was here.

Sydney's Mom
03-25-2010, 10:58 AM
Books by far - of course this is the wrong place to ask that question I'm sure the results will be pretty skewed :)

But of course, that is why I asked it! :rofl: Seriously, I guess we all determine what is "normal" based around those around us. Most of the younger people I see have ear buds in their ears, listening to music (I presume). But the older people (35+) seem to all be reading books or newspapers. But of course, the commuters into the city are probably not a broad cross-section of the population.

I don't know if this is a generational thing - I always spent more on books than music, starting with textbooks when I first had discretionary funds. Truly, I could care less about the newest ipod, but I check this forum daily to make sure I know what the newest reading device is. It is not that I don't listen to music - I listen to the radio when I am cooking with my DH on the weekends, and turn on the radio in the car, mostly to listen to news about the Cubs.

weateallthepies
03-25-2010, 04:14 PM
But of course, that is why I asked it! :rofl: Seriously, I guess we all determine what is "normal" based around those around us. Most of the younger people I see have ear buds in their ears, listening to music (I presume). But the older people (35+) seem to all be reading books or newspapers. But of course, the commuters into the city are probably not a broad cross-section of the population.

I don't know if this is a generational thing - I always spent more on books than music, starting with textbooks when I first had discretionary funds. Truly, I could care less about the newest ipod, but I check this forum daily to make sure I know what the newest reading device is. It is not that I don't listen to music - I listen to the radio when I am cooking with my DH on the weekends, and turn on the radio in the car, mostly to listen to news about the Cubs.

Yeah I do that but I'm almost certainly listening to audiobooks. :D

If I'm not reading books, then I'm usually listening to them. Books in all there forms are definitely more important to me than music these days.

ChrisC333
03-25-2010, 07:03 PM
Right now it's books, but at times it's been music.

I used to own a shop selling classical music on CD and kept a large selection when I moved on. So we mostly add a few CDs of more popular stuff now. I still prefer the sound quality of CDs over mp3s, but I'm starting to buy a few of them now too.

Over the years books have won out though. We seem to have about twice as many books as albums. The good thing is that you can enjoy them both at the same time. :)

ChrisC333
03-25-2010, 07:47 PM
The discussions about the ipad have puzzled me. People have said they will probably allow the Kindle app, because Jobs just cares about music, the book market is not that big.




I think that what Jobs cares about is not so much the book market but the reading market - because they're not the same thing.


The market for traditional books - whether in paper or ebook format looks comparatively static. The real expansion has been taking place in general reading online - news, emails, forums, reference sites, blogs, Facebook, and so on. The Internet still has enormous potential to expand into more areas, both geographically and in content and style.

Apple (and all the other makers of tablet style devices) firstly want to be the preferred hardware provider for all that. Making a secondary buck through the software is good too, but easier if you already control the hardware.

Where it's all heading is devices that can be unshackled from desktops, plugs and weighty keyboards and bring not just books but the whole Internet experience to your armchair in a light and convenient way. That's not just an Apple goal, there's a whole pack of companies heading that way now. :cool:

PDS
03-25-2010, 10:03 PM
Books! im not really that into music, I like a bit of a sing along to the radio on the way to work LOL but give me a book any day!