Yeah, I personally think that question is as stupid to read as it was to type.
Here’s where I will never get or understand blind fanboyism for any product or service (and by that I mean trying to sell someone on the idea that one company has the solution to everything you need). We all have our gadgets and gizmos that we love and we’ll have no problem telling people that. I love Zune (as if you never could figure that out). However, I’m sure that we all realize that not every technology or service works for everyone.
So when people say that a company is ‘late to the game’ or ‘never gonna catch up’ I can’t help but think they’re two steps away from saying that the company (any company this is said about) should’ve just never entered the space at all. Ok, I remember when people were saying this about Zune because no one felt that the iTunes juggernaut could be taken over.
That may be the case, but problem with that is, not everyone wants to use iTunes. People want selection, they want choice, they want to find those technologies and services that work best for their lifestyle. I never understood late to the game as a reason for anything because that would imply that we’re all gonna be wiped off the face of the Earth in 2012, so why bother releasing anything now?
As much as I evangelize about Zune and Microsoft, I always know that these things aren’t going to be for everyone. All I can do is point out the positives and negatives and then let people make their decision for themselves. If I constantly spend time saying “iTunes is horrible and Zune is fantastic because it works for me.” I could be denying someone a truly wonderful experience that they (for their situation) have with iTunes.
I know this sounds hypocritical. I’m a Zune MVP. I evangelize Zune as a wonderful solution for music and other media. Yet, here’s the difference (at least with me). If you ask me about Zune, I will tell you. If you ask me which is better service Zune or iTunes, I will say that the decision is ultimately yours, then I will tell you why Zune works well for me. If you feel that Zune works for you, go for it. If not, no harm no foul — I hope that you enjoy the experience.
An all-or-nothing approach, especially with technology, would never end well. While we should continue to highlight the positives technologies has (especially ones we enjoy), while holding companies’ feet to the fire to keep improving and advancing their offerings, we should first and foremost be fanboys (and fangirls) to technology as a whole and see it as a means to make our lives easier, better and more productive, no matter what personal tech choices we make to get there.