Linked by alcibiades on Tue 30th May 2006 20:40 UTC
In the News Dell and its business model has been the focus of a lot of comment on Apple oriented forums in recent months. The Dell model is said to be unviable, and Dell's recent news is said to prove this. A limited endorsement of sorts for the so called "end to end model" in music has been published by Walt Mossberg in the WSJ. Recently a real sky-is-falling article with this theme has appeared here. This is a subject that matters. If the advocates of the so-called "end to end model" are right, it implies that the industry structure which allows us all to source hardware from wherever we want, and run a variety of OSs on it, is in danger.
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Where is Microsoft playing for small portions?

Every single transaction in which MS profits involves other players, each of whom profits more than MS does (harware OEMs, consultants, third party software publishers, systems integrators, etc...).

If Windows Media catches on, it'll be a disaster for consumer choice

Speaking as Linux user, I'm sympathetic to this claim. That said, an MS victory in the DRM standards war is far better for consumers in general than an Apple victory (Linux user lose either way).

MS doesn't even offer a basic player for a second platform anymore.

True, but what's important is that they will license their DRM scheme to anyone for use on any platform. In fact, MS will license their DRM scheme to someone who wants to implement a compliant player on Linux (which already exist but only for embedded Linux use).

Anyone with Windows Media is forced to use Windows, period. How is that beneficial to consumers?

They can use Windows or the thousands of media devices which already support MS's DRM. The door is also open to third parties to make compliant players for use on either Macs or Linux boxes.

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