Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 16:12 UTC
Apple "By now, most iTunes users have already downloaded and installed iTunes 10. We've already given you the low-down on the biggest addition to the new version of iTunes - the Ping social network - but we also wanted to give our impressions on two 'improvements' promised in the release notes: look-and-feel and performance. While we agree that iTunes is 'faster and more responsive', we're not sold on the revised user interface." Vertical window titlebar widgets? Can't we just take this thing 'round back and put a bullet between its eyes? We'd be doing everyone a favour.
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Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

"...but this will make me think that Apple is another monopolistic corporation as was Microsoft 10 years ago."

That would be because they are ;)


I'd add that if you need a simple example, just look around you in a public place and count how much iPod devices there are.

There's simply no more real competition in the pmp player market anymore, except in the low end (Because Apple fail to understand that a music player without a screen is not worth more than $20) and in the very high end (because audio geeks, having known the MD era, often won't be easily lured into using SonicStage 5 aka iTunes).

Edited 2010-09-03 20:42 UTC

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

""...but this will make me think that Apple is another monopolistic corporation as was Microsoft 10 years ago."

That would be because they are ;)


I'd add that if you need a simple example, just look around you in a public place and count how much iPod devices there are.

There's simply no more real competition in the pmp player market anymore.
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But the Apple business model does not depend on being a monopoly. They have an almost monopolistic profile in music players because their players simply outsell everyone else's (the argument as to why that is the case is a separate one). Apple don't need monopoly practices because they think that they can out compete anybody in the open market and they probably can.

In this context a monopoly practice would be encoding all music in iTunes in such a way to make exporting or playing it in another player impossible and I don't see Apple doing that. Getting mp3 into and out of iTunes is easy. They do sell music with DRM built in but all the evidence points to their willingness to abandon DRM if the music labels agreed, when they did Apple did.

They may have achieved a monopoly and they sure as hell want to defend their sales but their model is not monopolistic, this is very different to say Microsoft which also achieved a monopoly, but did so as a deliberate business strategy and then ruthlessly defended that monopoly (remember "embrace and extend").

Apple does not deliberately erect barriers to new players entering the player market, it thinks is can beat them fairly and routinely does so.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Apple does not deliberately erect barriers to new players? You mean their attempts at blocking the Palm Pre from syncing with iTunes wasn't deliberate?

Also, Apple is far from the only option in the portable mp3 player market, and even further from the best. Their players are poor value for money, compared to the rest of the market. They just happened to become fashion.

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