That's what employees are for. How much gold do I have? [chucks lawyer over the edge] One thousand one, one thousand two... I feel compelled to mention Barbarians at the Gate is my favorite James Garner movie.
Apple plays the political game. They don't want to be accomplices to the failure of prohibition. They don't want to be a punching bag for politicians who are. Apple is allowing as much freedom as the voters of a particular region have chosen.
The line would not be obsolete if they made a targeted, music only device with 256GB of flash for $299. The ability to carry a compressed version of your entire music collection with you is still useful. I would buy one for my car today if they sold it.