Originally Posted by jblenio
I see Apple as turning into the big company that once again wants to control everything. I don't like it. I don't like how they lock in iPhone consumers to ATT which has terrible service. I don't like how they lock out the ability of other handsets to sync with iTunes. Apple has a great product and could make a ton more money letting other handsets sync.
It's a gut feeling right now, but I think Apple is getting too powerful and taking advantage of consumers and flexing its muscle with other companies unreasonably.
I think you just dont get it. Simple as that.
Apple will not benefit from allowing other products to sync to itunes. How is allowing a Pre or any other phone going to make Apple money?
Are Palm or Nokia or Samsung or one of the other large phone companies going to pay Apple a royalty? NO
Are these companies going to increase their HARDWARE sales by syncing to iTunes? YES
Are Apple going to be able to claim exclusivity as a reason to buy an iPhone or iPod by saying these other companies can now sync to iTunes? NO
You guys bitch about ATT and their service but fail to take into consideration that no matter what company had "exclusivity" of the iphone it was going to struggle under load.
In Australia the 2 companies that won out in the end were Vodafone and Optus. Later adding Telstra and 3 to the mix. But they had more than your fair share of issues with the connections and calls dropping out etc.
The difference being that they were forced by our government and ACCC to upgrade their service.
In the US this doesnt seem to be the case.
If you want to worry about someone being a HUGE company that has not regard for its users and is just churning out more and more crap every day take a look at Google.
They have a monopoly over search (im sorry but bing is a joke - and yahoo is basically now bing so that really helps) and there is really no one to challenge them.
They are slowly but surely integrating everything into the one simple google microcosm and eventually will have your search results come up in a chrome browser etc etc.
Hell they have what 60 trillion employees around the globe?
If each one of them is bought an Android phone by the company then suddenly market share figures get thrown right out of whack and the trend followers go chasing the next big thing in droves.
THAT is someone to be afraid of.
/Rant Mode OFF