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