Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 08:57 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Apple's current - and in our opinion, objectionable - position is now close to the complete opposite of its initial stance. From promoting openness and standards, the company is now pushing for an ever more locked-down and restricted platform. It's bad for competition, it's bad for developers, and it's bad for consumers. I hope that there will be enough of a backlash that the company is forced to reconsider, but with the draw of all those millions of iPhone (and now, iPad) customers, I fear that Apple's developers will, perhaps with some reluctance, just accept the restriction and do whatever Cupertino demands."
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BallmerKnowsBest
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2008-06-02

One way to think of it as Apple is treating it like an all-organic health food store that's also politically-correct in taking fair-trade goods that are organic only: you can sell whatever you want, but the only things that will be sold at that health food store must meet certain criteria


Not really. Apple is more like an organic store that refuses to sell any food that wasn't grown from their brand of seeds, regardless of the quality.

As food retailers go, Apple has much more in common with the likes of Sodexo than they do with small organic stores. Ya know, companies that get food service contracts for universities and then ban all Coke products on campus (because they're a Pepsi retailer), or prevent students from making their own food by banning microwaves and hotplates, etc.

Apple has been copy-pasting from that same playbook for years.

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pompous stranger Member since:
2006-05-28

As food retailers go, Apple has much more in common with the likes of Sodexo than they do with small organic stores. Ya know, companies that get food service contracts for universities and then ban all Coke products on campus (because they're a Pepsi retailer), or prevent students from making their own food by banning microwaves and hotplates, etc.

Apple has been copy-pasting from that same playbook for years.


What in god's name are you talking about?

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Well leaving aside your invoking the name of an imaginary creature, it's pretty clear what the OP is talking about here. This isn't limited to universities either, it's in a lot of workplaces in the US too. I'd have to say it's actually a good comparison, except that Apple is less consistent about banning products that compete with their own. Take iBooks and Kobo as an example, Kobo was approved on the iPad even though it duplicates the functionality of iBooks. Yet other media players get rejected?

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