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Samsung's Battlecry

Samsung is taking on Apple. Samsung says their music players are doing well in countries without iTunes. They hope offering a music service may bring them success in markets where the iPod+iTunes combo dominates. Logically speaking, it makes sense. But isn't it a bit late to enter the fray? As Steve Jobs pointed out, there are 200 million copies of iTunes in circulation.

But, there is something to be said for disrupters. If Samsung's service provides a different experience, with something unique that iTunes doesn't do (which isn't much these days), they will find an audience. No company's dominance is absolute—even golden apples can become rotten.

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  • Vinnie

    "But isn't it a bit late to enter the fray? As Steve Jobs pointed out, there are 200 million copies of iTunes in circulation."

    So is that a call to support monopolies? When Ford started making cars, it was also pretty much the only one around. And iTunes is far from perfect, the songs are too expensive (hello, no more cd's and distribution channels?), and does not give much flexibility. So on that side too, I think there can be some improvement. Of course Apple is on a leash by the record-companies, so chances are that Samsung will be too.

  • John Knight

    Ok, one new competitor does not disruption make! Let's not turn disrution, specifically Clayton's use of th term into another meaningless buzz word. It's true Samsung can compente and could disrupt Apple's iTunes but what in the article hinted at how? Newer features, lower cost, a new experience? One can disrupt by going into unserved markets which is the closest thing I got out of the article. Of course Apple can jump right into those areas as well.
    If you want to talk disruption, videos (TV shows) via iTunes is disruptive.

  • mark

    Has anyone seen any computer software from Samsung ever?
    Has anyone seen an Internet service from Samsung ever?

    The only thing out there is the Samsung cell phone interface and its music player interface. Neither of which is something to write home about.

    Dream on...

  • Landis Shook

    I guess I heard it wrong. I thought Samsung was trying to work with Apple on this project. After it's big slap on the wrist it needs something.

  • nathan

    bought a Samsung YH820 5 gig w/ photo for $225 at Sam's...kept it 3 weeks, had multiple problems with software, Napster sucked by kidnapping my downloads, finally it locked up and I took it back to Sam's. Had my IPOD for 4 weeks problems with operating system, and I choose the download source I want. IPOD NANO 4 gig was $249. But the experience has so far been worth it...

  • Rimantas

    Great marketing? Sure, what can be greater, than product marketing itself...

  • sam sung


    Another case of reporters failing to do their meager job: Samsung has been working with Napster for nearly THREE YEARS! Continuously.


  • Rob Ainbinder

    Not to rain on Job's estimate but, when I recently downloaded Quicktime, Apple "helpfully" included iTunes (without the option to install/not install).

    This might account for a good share of the "200 million copies of iTunes in circulation".

    I'm sure some of us are familar with the late entry known as Ticketmaster which toppled the first "electronic" ticket agency Ticketron?
    Ticketron held a near-monopoly on the computerized ticketing market during the 1980s but, Ticketmaster won in the end.

    Perhaps Samsung will surprise us after all. Much like Ticketmaster did. It's either that or Samsung's service goes the way of the Yugo.

  • sammy

    And remember, jusst because something is the most commonly used, does not mean it is the best...the Ipod is far from the best, it just has GREAT marketing behind it...and of course, it is the only thing saving Apple at the moment...