Originally Posted by ckh1272
I am trying to ignore your selective obliviousness but can't. If someone switches from Android or BB can they take those apps with them to another OS? NO! iTunes music can be transferred to anywhere if you have half a brain. Firstly, the music is DRM free. Even if it is not, burn it to a CD, put it on another system and BINGO. It's all yours. If you actually bought a movie from iTunes, then I have no pity for you. Buy a physical disc, get Handbrake and your set to put it on whatever you want. All of your arguments have huge holes that you have selectively ignored, so how about you stop pulling things out of your arse for once.
The itunes/App store was the FIRST platform to make apps viable for smartphones. Blackberry app world etc didn't launch until later, and like people like pointing out so much, the app store is the ONLY one with significant monetization (people actually buying apps instead of only using free ones). So yes, paid apps being locked is standard across platforms, but on NO OTHER PLATFORM is this a significant barrier to moving for the average customer.
Itunes music was NOT always DRM free. Most of the music I bought via itunes came out when it was DRM locked. And I either need to buy CD's (wasted money, lost audio quality, not to mention retagging dozens of songs) or pay apple .30 on the Dollar to convert it to their itunes plus format, which most mp3 players read. Yes, there are ways around the DRM lock, but they cost money or have other drawbacks.
I didn't purchase movies via itunes, I purchased TV shows, because at the time it was the ONLY way to get a real copy of those shows without bootlegging them from a DVR (this was before amazon had print on demand)
I've been using apple products for 8 years. I'm not just someone who joined once the iphone 3 game out. Don't tell me how my media is or isn't locked because obviously you have no idea how that stuff works. Yes, I know there are rippers out there, but again, we are talking AVERAGE consumers, not tech people. For average people, they believe the lies that taking their own music with them is akin to theft, or they read that those services will install spam on your computer (and some of them do).
The fact remains that the itunes ecosystem, more than ANY other mobile phone platform, has more people USING the features that create lockin (and more reasons to lock oneself in) than anything else out there. This is why Apple's profits are so high. Sure they are selling a ton of devices, but their Real gains are those purchases. Look at app store downloads and profits YTD. Yes, my android phone has a couple dozen apps that I can't take to other platforms, but they totaly what? maybe $75.. $100 if I bought them all full price. This is a far cry from the amount someone can have locked into iOS.