Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 19:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, you thought this whole tug of war over iTunes synchronisation was over, right? The USB Implementers Forum slapped Palm in the face, and exonerated Apple from any wrongdoing. The thing is though, the USB-IF is pretty much a powerless organisation, so Palm tossed them aside, and fixed webOS iTunes sync in webOS 1.2.1.
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RE[7]: Here we go again...
by FurryOne on Mon 5th Oct 2009 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Here we go again..."
FurryOne
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...is it ethical for any company whatsoever to try to lock end-users to their software and hardware?

There is nothing "unethical" about locking hardware to software when one Company creates both as a compliment to each other. It happens all the time in the electronics business - not just in computers. Companies make major investments in R&D, and in many cases if you change software or hardware you will void the warranty.

Apple would be well within their rights to not publish a way for other
hardware to access iTunes information, but instead they allow other Companies that FOLLOW THEIR GUIDELINES to access what's needed to make use of iTunes libraries. Apple invested the R&D, Apple wrote the iTunes software, so Apple makes the rules as to how their software should be accessed. There's nothing unethical about that.

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