Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 15:34 UTC
Legal Well, this was as inevitable as the tides rolling in. The New York Times is reporting that the US Department of Justice is investigating Apple's tactics in the digital music market. The antitrust probe is still in an early phase, and is said to focus on "the dynamics of selling music online".
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Tech punditry: Not worth wiping your arse on.
by Kroc on Wed 26th May 2010 17:59 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Well this is a surprise. According to Slashdot and numerous other technology analysts, iTunes could never become a monopoly because there were so many better competitors out there like Creative, Real and Microsoft.

And I suppose the iPhone will be dead before Christmas? Two years ago. However could they have got that one wrong?

The iPad will be next to go because Courier and NVidia’s Tegra are clearly superior.

P.S. OSnews v5 will be entirely Flash, with Silverlight for fallback. The special effects are really amazing. Flash is unquestionably the best technology for the future.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well this is a surprise. According to Slashdot and numerous other technology analysts, iTunes could never become a monopoly because there were so many better competitors out there like Creative, Real and Microsoft.

You forgot about recent versions of Winamp, sir ;) They've got a music store, too !

(Someday, I'll understand why so much people love that playlist+library mess, and what this model puts on the table except proprietary database that doesn't work with competiting software. In meantime, I just can observe how good software from the past can die through bloat and attempt to implement that messy model...)

Edited 2010-05-26 20:40 UTC

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Someday, I'll understand why so much people love that playlist+library mess, and what this model puts on the table except proprietary database that doesn't work with competiting software.


That "proprietary" database is XML and can work quite happily with other software, which is why there are a number of such products available.

I find this whole thing rather interesting. Apple were responsible for building the online music market to what it is today. DRM was NOT their doing - and I say this as someone who's been involved in a project selling downloadable audio products for quite some years now. The idiotic position on this of the recording companies has to be experienced to be believed.

Apple are in fact one of our main competitors, and we don't think anything they are doing is in any way forcing the hand of the labels. Audible, the company who's been at the back end of Audio Books on the iTunes store has long been into forcing exclusivity deals - especially on product releases - and dictating pricing, and it's our understanding that Apple is in the process of shedding this contract partly because of the level of dissatisfaction amongst the vendors because of Audible's actions and policies.

While I agree that they need to be kept under scrutiny I really don't think they have anything much to worry about at the moment.

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jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

You guys got a v5 site up we can sample?

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Not yet. It’s still early and I’m building it in spare time. I’m working towards getting the core basics working and then we could consider a small alpha testing group. All I can say (and Thom will back me up) is that it looks gorgeous, it’s not overdone in any way and it will be awesome.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


P.S. OSnews v5 will be entirely Flash, with Silverlight for fallback. The special effects are really amazing. Flash is unquestionably the best technology for the future.


I resent Silverlight taking a backseat to Flash, but that's my resident fanboy talking. =).

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Correct, the whole thing should be wrapped in XAML, AIR and then JavaFX. Then everybody’s covered! And we only had to develop the same content 10 times over!

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Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Well this is a surprise. According to Slashdot and numerous other technology analysts, iTunes could never become a monopoly because there were so many better competitors out there like Creative, Real and Microsoft.

And I suppose the iPhone will be dead before Christmas? Two years ago. However could they have got that one wrong?

The iPad will be next to go because Courier and NVidia’s Tegra are clearly superior.

P.S. OSnews v5 will be entirely Flash, with Silverlight for fallback. The special effects are really amazing. Flash is unquestionably the best technology for the future.


Yep, sounds like slashdot.

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