Dubious Rumor Claims Apple to Merge iTunes, Safari

A rather dubious rumor from Three Guys and a Podcast claimsthat Apple is working on merging iTunes and Safari into one application. According to the site, Apple wants to increase Safari’s marketshare by artificially forcing the company’s iTunes customers to access the service through Safari, and only through Safari.

The article is short on details and completely devoid of context and information as to the source of the idea, offering just one quote from the alleged source at the end of the article that serves more as commentary than information:

“Moving iTunes organizational side-bar into Safari isn’t a monumental task” claimed a source, adding “Safari would skyrocket in use as a result of integrating the software titles together.”

We characterized the report as dubious for three reasons: 1.) The idea is silly; 2.) The report’s construction is very vague on the nature of the source, and; 3.) Three Guys and a Podcast have presented speculation as rumor in the past (for a specific example, see this piece about Apple holding a special event this March).

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Which may make you wonder why TMO is giving the story digital ink, and there is just one reason for that: The story is already being tossed around in the Mac/Apple echochamber and could be picked up elsewhere. We’d rather call it out as dubious than ignore it for those readers looking for information on the topic.