Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Sep 2009 15:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the past few days, we've seen yet another rollercoaster ride in Apple's App Store. The fully licensed Commodore 64 emulator, which was rejected earlier this year, was admitted into the App Store yesterday, only to be removed this morning. This tug of war between Apple and its 3rd party developers is getting a bit old, so let's take a look at a company that treats its 3rd party developers right: Palm.
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RE[4]: Okay
by lurch_mojoff on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Okay"
lurch_mojoff
Member since:
2007-05-12

OK, f--k success. How about customer satisfaction [ http://www.jdpower.com/telecom/ratings/wireless-consumer-smartphone...) ] then? Is that a good enough argument for you?

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RE[5]: Okay
by Kroc on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Okay"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Satisfaction is a different thing compared to base freedoms. The developers are being treated like second-class citizens but the customers are perfectly satisfied. To take the 1960's America allegory: 'everything was just dandy for the white people, especially with those blacks in the right place where they belonged'.

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RE[6]: Okay
by godawful on Tue 8th Sep 2009 19:02 in reply to "RE[5]: Okay"
godawful Member since:
2005-06-29

yes, just like that.. except nothing at all like segregation.

When people get in bed with Apple they know exactly what to expect.. it's not like this is suddenly some new behavior of Apple after years of being completely open and none interfering. In this app, there was a secret way to access the BASIC interpreter which is a no-no by Apple's rules.
If people don't like this, they are free to get a different phone, or use a different character.
Now, people may think "hey I bought this phone, I should be able to do whatever I want with it!".. That is an entirely different argument though, and my understanding, is different in different countries and laws and what have you.

But to have continued shock and outrage over apple doing something not friendly to it's customers or developers is nothing new, but you know why people put up with it? because they are satisfied with the user experience, and developers are lured by the millions of paying customers and the hope of getting a piece of that money pie.

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RE[5]: Okay
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 8th Sep 2009 21:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Okay"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

OK, f--k success. How about customer satisfaction [ http://www.jdpower.com/telecom/ratings/wireless-consumer-smartphone...) ] then? Is that a good enough argument for you?


Two words: cognitive dissonance.

"It's shiny and I paid a lot of money for it, so it must be good! Because the only other possibility is that I'm a twit with more money than sense."

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