Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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RE: Comment by memson
by rdean400 on Sun 26th Jul 2009 15:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by memson"
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The Pre costing Apple money argument is a red herring. iTunes is a freely distributed, Mac/PC-based program and doesn't require a portable media player at all. I use it purely to listen to podcasts on my PC. By your argument, I'm costing Apple money. That's true, in a sense, but it's a cost Apple has implicitly agreed to foot by providing me with free access to their product.

Putting the shoe on the other foot regarding the Vendor Id field, the USB standard is about interoperability. If Apple has used the Vendor Id field to limit the interoperability of their software, they are abusing the spirit and the letter of the USB license just as much as Palm is.

In this battle, there is no morally or ethically superior position. Either Palm or Apple could have taken the high road, but neither chose to do so.

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