It’s that difficult question that keeps resurfacing:
would this have happened if Steve were alive?
Back in the day, when Jobs unveiled something on stage, it was generally ready to go — at the Apple Store, on iTunes, whatever. Which brings us to iTunes Radio, which is getting tons of media attention and is being showcased all over the Apple homepage, but is totally unavailable (for months).
Or… is it? Here’s what happens when the uninitiated iTunes user (of which there are tens of millions) decides to update the application, and checks out ‘iTunes Radio’.
And if you don’t think this is an issue, consider this: there are currently more than 575 million iTunes registered users, and many of these users are new. Back in September of 2009, there were ‘just’ 100 million.