“Apple finally jumping into the streaming music space validates the work we’ve been doing at Slacker since 2010, offering anytime, anywhere access to the world’s music library on any device,” Cady continued. “Apple creates great products, but unless you’re in the Apple ecosystem you’re out of luck. Walled gardens don’t benefit listeners and Slacker believes in the importance of giving users true freedom to access their content, whether they’re on iOS, Android, Windows, a smart TV, Xbox or in-car infotainment system.”
"Maybe people want to rent music, after all," wrote Slacker CEO Jim Cady, reacting to Apple's late entry into music streaming with yesterday's announcement of iTunes Radio. In addition to his touch of scarcasm, Cady wanted to remind us that, however well designed, Apple is still a closed eco-system.