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Why the iTunes store should be web-based

I think that the iTunes Store (apps, video, audio, ebooks) should be web-based, in a manner similar to Amazon’s Kindle store: Buy on the web, sync with your player app later.
Advantages for users:
  • Linking: Link sharing via blogs, Facebook or Twitter is becoming more and more important for the visibility of a product. With iTunes, the linking experience is horrible.
  • Bookmarking: With the web, if you want to remember something, you keep a bookmark. The iTunes store only has limited means for doing so.
  • Faster user interface: iTunes is sometimes slow, especially when using the history.
  • History works properly: e.g. sorting by release date on “New to rent or own” (movies) is not remembered when going back. When paging on the iPad, the current page is not always remembered, either.
  • Improved navigation: In web browsers, you can open links in new tabs etc. The Store has no such capabilities and feels limited, as a power user.
Advantages for Apple:
  • A single implementation across all operating systems (desktop, mobile). It probably not impossible to do this with Cocoa, but it’s easier with a webapp.
  • It makes the user interface of the store even more malleable. The UI has already changed from an XML-based engine to an HTML-based engine.
[Expanded from a previous post.]

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