"Shareholders also voted down proposed environmental measures..."
Yeah screw the environment. Let's just focus on money. [Sarcasm]
It wouldn't surprise me if many shareholders don't even own Apple products.
Some designers do design only, while some can design AND develop Flash. For those who can't, they simply hire a developer to work with. So, yes, web designers have developed all-Flash sites, including myself and other designers I know, mainly because at the time, some things Flash offered couldn't be done any other way. It doesn't mean it was fun though! ...Flash had it's day... Looking forward to seeing what HTML5 does.
As soon as Steve Jobs announced the pricing, I thought it was about $100 too much (on each version). Obviously companies can charge anything they want, but if they knocked $100 off the price for each one, they'll have tons more people buying it.
Really doesn't matter who gets on the cover of a magazine. It's just a "wow" factor to get people to buy more magazines. The money spent on that magazine would be better spent being donated to a charity. Done.
"if you aren't selling enough records as an indy to afford this type of production, then YOU PROBABLY DONT NEED IT" --- I agree somewhat on this. Even though some peeps know (interactive) designers who won't charge the price of a small car.
Plus Apple isn't going to make it mandatory to spend $10k for indie bands. That would turn away tons of music and some profits for Apple.
Only if Apple wants to be the Walmart (please NO!) of selling online tunes then it'll get...