quote: But Apple doesn't have any intention of making money with iTunes: it is just a way to squeeze music companies to pass music companies' savings to their overpriced hardware.
quote: mpossible. A majority market share does not indicate monopoly. Single-source indicates monopoly.
quote: Um...monopolistic behavior means abusing market power to hurt consumers by keeping away competition.
quote: Dont give me there are other download sites for mp3s.
quote: What lock-in? Please demonstrate how turning off the HACK that Palm made to fraudluently trick iTunes into thinking a Pre is an iPod prevents you from using iTunes in conjunction with your Pre.
quote: And while you're at it, please demonstrate how it would be anti-competitive in any way, shape, or form, if Apple somehow actually did truly make iTunes incompatible with any music players other than their own.
quote: Please, please, please - demonstrate how it is possible, in any universe, for anyone to have a monopoly on a pure commodity like .mp3s.
quote: Putting it bluntly, if Apple had a readily available API for iTunes for those companies wishing to enable their devices to sync with iTunes, in my opinion they should be able to freely do so. Why shouldn't they? Because they have their own hardware? So what? The iTunes user base extends beyond those with just iPods. Why not accomodate for everyone?
quote: The lock-in is that without a hack, you cannot sync the Pre using iTunes. You have to use Apple hardware. I'm sure for those with Mac computers and OSX, which iTunes is the main music player/organizer, this is very convenient indeed. I think with that said, it's pretty clear to see how this is a lock-in, particularly for those with Apple computers.
quote: I never said anything about being anti-competitive. This is purely simple convenience for users of iTunes. The inability to sync a Pre without said hack is a prime example of Apple's disrespect for the users of it's software. Just because there's nothing in it for Apple, that doesn't mean they cannot benefit the consumers. That way they might actually gain some respect, which they are sorely lacking right now.
quote: Perhaps it's not a monopoly per se, but there is no doubt that Apple is a massive player in .mp3 sales. Just because it's a commodity, that doesn't mean the provider of that commodity can't use unfair business practices to stifle the competition in another market. Apple is using the massive power it holds with iTunes unfairly towards other hardware manufacturers, and more importantly, it's users, to benefit themselves in the music player market.
quote: First of all, your opinion on the matter has no bearing.
quote: Apple has not published an API, and they have no need, ethically or legally, to do so.
quote: If the iTunes/iPod combo has a competitive advantage, such as the Synch function, then good for Apple. If they want to retain their competitive advantage (and what sane company wouldn't?), that's up to them.
quote: The last half of your statement is just you bitching about the fact that, in your opinion, Apple *should* open it up to others.
quote: Yes, it does. You can by .mp3s from any other source you want without penalty. Apple has no basis from which to abuse any consumers in this manner.
quote: The problem is that this is just your OPINION, which has not the slightest bearing on what Apple needs to do, from an ethical or legal standpoint.
quote: . I am sure that Pre owners, and owners of any non-Apple music players, would prefer that Apple gave them the Synch feature because it is ever-so-slightly more convenient than dragging-and-dropping your music around.
quote: If Apple started doing something with their .mp3 service that you don't like, you can simply stop using their service and use another service instead to get .mp3s
quote: Apple doesn't sell MP3s. They sell M4A or AAC (whatever).
quote: AFAIK, this is not at all like Windows Update, because the Palm device is updating using software running on the user's machine.
quote: In the world of Lossy audio, Apple is the overwhelming dominant player, and nothing is likely to change, that. Apple, just like MS, goes out of their way to make it hard for users to switch to a non-apple device.
quote: Could they use some other software? Sure, but most will not, because they dont' know any better. Many are likely unaware of anything else.
quote: It may not be illegal, but most of us can see that given a chance, Apple will turn out to be at least as evil as MS was in the 90's (and while I like MS products, they were positively unethical in their business practices).
quote: Apple isn't any better. In fact, given the fact that they've actually sued web journalists for being journalists, I'd say they've already exceeded MS in some respects.
quote: iTunes is basically a music organizational tool that is intended to get music onto Apple's iPods/iPhones. Windows is of course an OS, whose purpose is to run applications.