You can turn your Android into an iPod, but why?

Not long ago an app called Idrod surfaced in the Google Play store. What is this you say? What if I told you it was an app designed to make your Android look exactly like an iPod? You may say “cool!”, but I say “why?”. Before you begin your attack please hear me out and then you can hurl your insults.

First of all I get it — nostalgia. After all, the iPod is fast becoming yesterday’s device. Sure, it is largely credited with turning Apple around when the company was on the brink of failure. It solidified Steve Jobs’ place as a genius of design and marketing, although the latter should be considered the biggest part given that Apple didn’t invent the MP3 player.

Second — yes, the app is very cool. It’s well done, looks authentic, has lots of options, etc., etc. There are plenty of people who still want an MP3 player, although those numbers are quickly dwindling. And, yes, the iPod is the all-time classic in the field.

But, and here is my point, who stores music on their phone these days? In 3+ years with Android handsets I have never once transferred a single song to a device. I own more than 80 GB of music, but every bit of it is available for streaming from anywhere via Google Music. In fact, it’s also on Amazon Cloud Player as well, just for a backup to the backup. If I grow tired of all of that then I have Pandora to fall back on — I even pay them $4.99 per month for ad-free service. Those who don’t care for Pandora have countless other choices like Spotify and Rdio to choose from.

My real point isn’t to make fun of Idrod — it’s a very cool, well done and a good looking app. It’s more to wonder why this, or any other MP3 player app, is even necessary today. Do you have an answer? By all means, let me know.

Comments

  1. Andrew says

    I can think of three reasons why you might want to have the music on your phone.
    i) Cost of streaming data / bandwidth caps.
    ii) Availability (or lack of) data connection.
    iii) Poor audio quality compared with high bitrate mp3.

    I only directly stream occasionally. Usually I download wirelessly, either by wifi or 3G for playback later. The 3G data connection is just too unreliable when travelling.

  2. Jay says

    Seems like this is an article to promote Google music, Amazon and Pandora. No actual factual evidence or real reason why you shouldnt have music on your phone. I also dont see any numbers that show that the iPod industry is failing. Everytime I read an article like this on GNC, I regret having it in my favorites.

  3. Alan Buckingham says

    Andrew, Excellent points. Verizon 4G in my area is excellent. Plus, I work from home and tend to be on WiFi a lot.

  4. Grimby says

    I stream MP3’s from my phone to my car stereo via bluetooth. Being in Canada where data plans are pretty pricey for relatively small amounts of data – streaming can get expensive very quick. There’s lots of reasons to store some music on your phone, but I don’t see the need to make my phone look like an iPod.