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[5]: Here we go again...
by FurryOne on Sun 4th Oct 2009 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Here we go again..."
FurryOne
Member since:
2006-01-23

... is it ethical for a company to try to lock a very popular music management and playing application only to their hardware when it could easily support dozens of different devices and which would make life a lot easier for the end-user?

Are you actually serious?

The correct and ethical way would be to make it easy for others to support your application and try to make the life for the end-user easy.

You mean so that other devices can sync with your iTunes library, like:

"BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software also integrates BlackBerry Media Sync, enabling Mac users to sync their iTunes music collections with their BlackBerry smartphone." (Quote from MacDailyNews.com)

You may disagree with me, but try to at least maintain your calm and argument properly.

I would if you actually presented a credible argument, but all you've been doing is whining, and you get no points from me for that. Before you whine again about Apple being the bad guy, do some reading. I'd suggest:

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/07/27/why-apple-is-killing-the-p...

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RE[6]: Here we go again...
by WereCatf on Mon 5th Oct 2009 07:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Here we go again..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Are you actually serious?

Yes, I am serious, and you decided to not to answer the question posed; is it ethical for any company whatsoever to try to lock end-users to their software and hardware? Notice that I didn't even mention Apple in my post, it could be just as well about any other company doing it.

I would if you actually presented a credible argument, but all you've been doing is whining

I posed a question. How is that whining? Try to answer the argument posted instead of trying personal attacks.

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RE[7]: Here we go again...
by FurryOne on Mon 5th Oct 2009 20:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Here we go again..."
FurryOne Member since:
2006-01-23

...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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