Oh, Jesus keep me near the cross! Give me a freakin’ break, will ya? The whole hysterical “Apple is evil” mantra being spouted here presumes several major misconceptions/flaws in logic/lies:
1. That the end user doesn’t have choice and that Apple is “restricting” how consumers spend their money. Don’t like the iPod/iPhone/iPad? Buy a Zune. An HTC Phone. A JooJoo tablet. An HP Slate. An Archos. One of the zillions of touch screen phones from Samsung or HTC or God knows who else, including Google and their different iterations of the Android platform. Play games on a dozen different devices on the market.
2. Is anyone — ANYONE — as stupid as the author suggests to not know that Apple is a “closed system” at this stage of the game? Can you run ANYTHING on a Sony device that isn’t pre-approved, vetted or allowed by Sony? Doesn’t Facebook edit apps that run on its platform? Does Microsoft allow Linux applications to run natively on Windows 7? Does Ford allow you to swap the engine on a Mustang with that of a lawn mower? Does HBO run hardcore porn? IF you don’t like the product or the practices of the company that don’t allow “total access and complete freedom to do whatever you want,” don’t buy the product or support WHICHEVER COMPANIES DON’T “LET” YOU DO ANYTHING YOU WANT. Period. See number one.
3. How is Apple’s “walled garden” approach to app approval and distribution via iTunes any different than how the tv networks, the music industry or — say it isn’t so — Google or Microsoft or any other company that leases both in-house and third party products through their distribution channels? Because that is what iTunes ultimately: a distribution channel. if you don’t like it, see number one.
4. Apple charges a 30% cut and publishers/music partners/etc. are mad. Really? So, let’s say I agree to distribute your content. You produce your content, you put it in a format that works for our store (which is no different than how Neiman Marcus or Walmart operate) and I handle all of the aspects of inventory, management, bandwidth, all credit card/purchasing transactions INCLUDING refunds and chargebacks and fraud and the associated perils therewith, and a 30% cut is too much? Did the author of this piece publicly rail with such wide-eye, sky-is-falling abandon against AMAZON charging publishers up to 60% — that’s SIXTY PERCENT — to distribute books and other materials through it’s store for the Kindle?
I know the pejorative term that Apple haters love to use is “Apple fanboy,” but these “Apple is evil” mantras that are now taking root are a whole lot sexier and much more accessible than the outdated “Apple is a beleaguered company that is going to fail” position these same folks took not that long ago. It’s like the tech version of the Tea Party.
If the iPod/iPhone/iPad are material manifestations of Apple’s evil, then don’t freakin’ buy any of them. There is a Nexus One, a Zune HD, or a JooJoo tablet with your name on it.