Although Steve Wozniak helped Steve Jobs found Apple back in the day, he’s a man of many technologies and uses Android devices in his daily life. But he thinks Google and Apple should be able to get along, because Apple and Windows managed to do so so it can’t be totallyimpossible. He expressed his desire to get iTunes on his Android devices yesterday during a tech-new site Q&A.
During the discussion on Slashdot (via CNET’s summary of the conversation), Wozniak used the example of Apple porting iTunes to Windows.
“If you remember, we ported iTunes to Windows,” Woz said in a response to one question. “We now addressed 100 percent of the world’s market with this integrated system (iPod/iTunes) and it began the era of Apple that we are now in. So why don’t we port iTunes to Android? Did something get closed up? I love Apple products and iTunes and wish it were on my Android products too.”
However, Apple has a history of keeping its operating system closed to any other mobile devices — hence the reason why the iPhone and iPad run on various versions of iOS but Google’s Android or Windows are the only other option for a variety of devices made by other manufacturers.
All the patent warring going on is likely going to keep the Woz’s wish from ever becoming a reality, and could even hold back Apple from innovating and growing.
Behold, the wisdom of Woz:
“I wish that instead of all these lawsuits Apple was sitting down and cross-licensing with the other players,” he said. “They have come up some very good features without complicating the UI. Things like a palm swipe to take a screen snapshot. I would like my iPhone to be the best it could, even if someone else did some of the things first.”
What’s that? You’d like your heartstrings to be tugged? When asked if he’d ever go back to Apple, the Woz had this to say:
“I don’t honestly feel I could do better than anyone reading this at a role in Apple,” he said. “Jobs had the drive to run things and influence things. If there was something for sure where I’d be a great help to Apple, I’d be there in an instant, as Apple is #1 in my heart.”
Who else wants to hang out with Steve right about now and just like… talk?
Ask Steve Wozniak Anything [Slashdot]
Woz: I wish iTunes could run on my Android devices [CNET]