Innovation at Apple Inc. (AAPL): Fact or Fiction?

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The last time we heard CEO Tim Cook introduce Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products at a convention was eight months ago. Apple recently announced news about iRadio, a new service that the company is bringing to its users. So what is the problem with this new radio service? Basically, it is the same in essence as other music service competitors that exist on the market. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is having trouble innovating with new products like it used to back in the days! The other major competitors in the online radio space are Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).

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Can iRadio survive?

There are many new routes to innovation that Apple could have taken. A lot of consumers were hyped up for some really big news, but all that they got was a new radio service from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). There was also a new version of iOS introduced, but it contained nothing groundbreaking. What should be noted here is that Apple didn’t take the time to create a different user experience. The software is an exact replica of another online music service, Pandora. I don’t see why users would want to switch from Pandora over to iRadio.

I will give Apple the fact that iRadio has one good thing going for itself when it launches later in the fall to many users. The iRadio will be able to be used on iTV. But if the software is the same as Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), can it really compete? Investors also have to remember that the space is already crowded with Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) and Google’s music service. I would think that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should be able to innovate a little more than copy from competitors, and at the very least create a different type of user interface.

Google in the mix

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s music service is known as All Access for Google Play. Starting on June 30th, users will have to pay to have access; the fee has been set at $9.99 per month. This gives users access to an available collection of 18 million songs. Here is the odd par:, Google is releasing an app on iOS devices for its music service. So Apple will have plenty of competition in this space.

Google is a powerhouse as a technology company. That’s not to say Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be blown away, but at the same time it will not dominate the online radio sector. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is already the biggest in search, and is not afraid to make acquisitions to increase its value.  As we have seen, Google is not afraid to try new ideas like Google Glass. This is what investors would like to see with Apple, taking technology to the next level.

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