“The bottom line is that I think it was unfair of you to consider us Architecture Astronauts. It is true that we do not solve the problem that Napster was trying to solve, but I think we have been successful at solving the problem that we set out to solve. Also, to be fair, we have managed to ship a product (and even sell it to people) unlike some of the Architecture Astronauts that you are thinking of.”
“Anyway, now we’re talking about architecture. Let’s talk about features. The applets you ship with are all spiffy but not ultra-compelling, because you can often get the same functionality elsewhere. And it’s the applets that are going to sell Groove, not the architecture…So… yes, you shipped a product, and sold it to people, it’s great, I believe you. But if you want it to be The Next Great Thing it has to be more than architecture, it has to enable things that people really need.”
i might be missing something, but i presumed that groove’s product was supposed to be a framework and that they weren’t trying to get into the application space, so they didn’t compete with the people that they are trying to sell to. i assumed that the stripped down functionality provided by the preview release was meant only as a teaser to entice others to develop the things that people really need. am i missing something? probably.