Firstly, my heart goes out to employees caught up in Milk souring. That’s about the only nice thing I’m going to have to say in this rant, so if you’re looking for something bright and chipper, you’ll have to find it somewhere else.
Who barfed in my Wheaties? Samsung. For having such stupid delusions of relevance. Do you remember Milk? It’s a streaming music service exclusive to Samsung devices. Well Milk is going away. It’s spoiled, so to speak. Curdled. Turned, even. It is being poured down the drain one lumpy piece at a time.
Because no one used it. Because Samsung doesn’t have a freaking platform. Samsung thinks it does. It thinks selling more Android devices than any other Android maker means something, but it doesn’t. Samsung thinks that bolting services and interfaces on top of Android somehow gives Samsung devices the same sort of clout Apple has with iOS.
But it doesn’t.
Failure Couldn’t Happen to a More Deserving Company
Samsung fills itself with these delusions because [reasons]. I don’t know where they come from. I don’t know who encourages them. It can’t be customers. Is anyone really using the newly revamped “S Health” that sits on some Samsung devices? It just got some kind of interface update, but does anyone really use it?
Maybe all those Milk users?
I derive an unseemly amount of schadenfreude from news like this. Samsung’s long history of ripping off IP in many industries and its ability to get away with it infuriates me. Watching the company chase Apple’s skirts, desperate to see where Apple is going, and then darting ahead with some half-assed, me-too product as quick as it can—it just pisses me off.
Milk was one of those ZOMG APPLE IS WORKING ON THIS SO WE BETTER DO IT TOO LOOK AT US WE GOT HERE FIRST WE’RE THE INNOVATIVE ONES things. And it’s being shuttered.