Steve Jobs Spars With Gawker Writer, Advantage: Jobs
Ryan Tate, writer of Gawker, whom I have never heard of before, claims to have had an email back and forth with Mr. Jobs. If true, I think Jobs won this one.
“I’d rather have a Wired magazine app that has some interactivity than one that is a glorified PDF.”
“It’s a miracle anyone within Conde Nast wants to do more than a straight reproduction of the mag… they have zero internet ambition at the corporate level.”
Tell Wired to get their act together and develop a proper iPhone app. This is exactly why magazines and newspapers are going under. The iPad is here, an open glass ready to be filled with content that people will pay for, and many publishers aren’t taking advantage of it. That’s the publisher’s fault, and yes, we’ve seen this movie before (eyeballs moving to the Internet). Frozen with fear and ineptitude, they’ll likely miss this golden opportunity (the shift from websites to apps) just like before.
Am still waiting for a San Francisco Chronicle or a Wired app and will pay good money for it. From my point of view (the iPad customer), I literally have dollar bills hanging out of my iTunes account, for any app developer with a half-interesting app (sadly paid for this just the other day). Why publishers are so slow to grab these dollars is frankly, head-scratchingly embarrassing.
I’ve already cancelled subscriptions to many magazines. Apple’s moving ahead, so are the customers. The publishers in the lead will reap all the benefits.
“By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?”
Proof for me is voting with one’s wallet. How much would I pay to read a Gawker article? $0.00. Meanwhile, thousands go directly to Cupertino annually.
And some final thoughts regarding the whole claimed subject of this thread: “Revolution” – sure, some advertising hyperbole, but 1) all tech companies do this and 2) at least when it’s coming from Apple, there’s some semblance truth backing up the claims. What other tech company is pushing the envelope like Apple these days? IMHO, the only company coming even within a stone’s throw of “revolution” is Apple with their iPad.
I’d sooner take Apple’s straightforward ad, showing a product in use with a voice over, and one exaggerated claim of “revolution” – than any amount of this high-concept nonsense: