There are three questions in the news today regarding Apple that need to be answered:
- Is Adobe developing a Flash Player for the iPhone?
- Is there going to be Hulu for iPhone?
- Will Apple be offering iPhone and iPod users an unlimited music package?
Adobe Developing Flash for iPhone?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Adobe has started to work on a Flash Media Player for the iPhone now that the SDK has been released. This despite the fact that Steve Jobs said that the iPhone was not ready for such technology. That leaves us curious what Adobe will be able to come up with? We’d imagine it would be good though if they’re taking the time to develop a Flash player just for the iPhone. It sure would be nice to have support for Flash, I can’t tell you how many sites I’ve come across that use it in one way or another.
Hulu for iPhone?
Just last week Hulu officially launched to the public. So far, everything has been good. Now this week, rumor has it that the folks over at Hulu are working on a version just for the iPhone. That means users would be able to watch shows and movies free of charge from their device (with ads, of course) which might keep them from purchasing the shows from iTunes. With content from Fox, NBC, Sony Pictures, and a bunch more providers, iPhone and iPod Touch users could have some great content available at their fingertips for free! Could be interesting…
Apple to Offer Unlimited Music?
The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is pondering the thought of offering iPod and iPhone users an unlimited music package. They say, “Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.”
At this point, “executives familiar with the negotiations” have said that what it’s coming down to is the price. Rumor has it that Apple is willing to pay $20 per device and the music industry is saying no. Twenty bucks really isn’t that much to pay to get unlimited access to iTunes for the life of a device. Research has been done and found that consumers are willing to pay around $100 extra for unlimited music or $7-$8 per month if it were a subscription based service, which seems like a fair amount.