Linked by fran on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:08 UTC
Apple "A new report suggests that Apple may be planning to eliminate retail boxed software from its Apple Stores, instead focusing on promoting the Mac App Store for software sales. This is indeed a trend that Apple has been pushing for a while, but not all the software that Apple sells would necessarily be a great fit for pure digital distribution."
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Apple has rights too
by wocowboy on Wed 9th Feb 2011 12:00 UTC
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As a shop owner, I have the right to stock and sell the products I believe are of good quality, and that are something I feel my customers will demand. Basic economics and supply and demand, folks. Just because a product is made, that does not mean that I HAVE to sell it. And if I have some moral or philosophical objection to a product, I can refuse to sell that product in my store if I want as well. That is a basic right of the marketplace, and one that Apple is exercising in its own iOS App Store, and its OS X App Store, and I have absolutely no problem with that. It's their store and it is their right.

Their store is not the only place I can buy software for my computer, there are plenty of other places to do that, either online or a physical loation. And they have said NOTHING about preventing any other means of installing software on Apple computers, so anything about that subject is absolutely PURE speculation.

Their App Store IS the only place I can buy software for my iPhone, but in that instance they are dealing with another business (AT&T or Verizon), that also has restrictions on what can be put on the phones they sell in a desire to maintain a guaranteed user experience on their system. Jailbreaking destroys that guaranteed experience, and anyone who complains to AT&T, Verizon, or Apple if some software bricks their phone is just "up the creek" in my book because they themselves broke the experience on a product by not using it as it was intended or designed.

Back to my shop analogy, if I refuse to sell Playboy or some homophobic rap music because I don't personally like it, that is fine, there is no law that says that I must sell those or any product in my store. If I feel a product might be defective or harmful to my customers in ANY way, I don't have to sell that product in my store. Apple is doing the same thing; they evidently have a desire to protect the "customer experience" they are trying to build, and that is perfectly legal and I personally applaud them for it.

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RE: Apple has rights too
by righard on Wed 9th Feb 2011 12:26 in reply to "Apple has rights too"
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2007-12-26

What about countries where the Iphone is not restricted to one carrier?

Edited 2011-02-09 12:27 UTC

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