Tim Cook reveals Apple Music at 6.5M paid users, talks privacy, more at WSJD Live

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple CEO Tim Cook is critical of TV, coy on watches, car.

According to a liveblog of the WSJDLive tech event hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Cook said he would not announce sales numbers for the Apple Watch because it would help its competitors, but joked: “We shipped a lot the first quarter … then last quarter we shipped even more …—The heads of the National Security Agency and the world’s most valuable company appeared to try to make nice Monday night over their contrasting views on encryption—to a point.

And I can predict this quarter we will ship even more.” He told the audience in Palm Springs, California, that watching television currently was a “terrible, broken” process, and that the Apple TV would be the “foundation” for a new kind of experience, noting that the user experience of flicking through channels was far removed from the ease of using an iPhone. Cook, appearing later, disagreed on the latter point. “I don’t know a way to protect people without encrypting,” he said. “You can’t have a backdoor that’s only for the good guys.” Apple and federal officials have been at odds for more than a year, since Apple issued a new version of its mobile-operating system that it said safeguards user information, even from law enforcement. Cook was coy on rumors of an Apple car, saying that the company looks at “a lot of things,” but did reveal that Apple Music now has 6.5 million paying users. Cook and Rogers said both sides in the encryption debate need to turn down the vitriol. “Reasonable people can have discussions and figure out how to move forward,” Mr.

Released in June, Apple Music is the company’s attempt to carry its dominance of digital music through its iTunes store into the era of music streaming pioneered by Spotify and others. The Apple CEO said he sees a “massive change” coming in the automobile industry as major technologies shift the sector away from today’s combustion-engine focus.

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