Originally Posted by Socrates
It's the same model as iTunes - any song you can buy on iTunes is available for free on a dozen other pirate channels, but that hasn't stopped iTunes becoming the dominant way for people to buy legitimate music.
I agree completely. One only has to remember what it was like "back in the day". When our family got our first computer, a purple iMac, my daughters favorite color, it used to be a real challenge to obtain software for it. We'd go into a Best Buy type retailer and look with envy at the row after row of "PC" software and not see any Mac software at all. Even when we went to the store that sold us the computer, they would only have a limited supply of Mac software. You might find the usual suspects ... Adobe and MS Office .... even QuarkXPress, you know, all that $1000.00 plus stuff .... but hardly anything to do with Desktop Publishing for more reasonable prices .... and I could not justify spending those prices for what was, essentially, a hobby.
So, out of necessity, I, like many others, turned to copying software from my friends. It wasn't until more reasonable software became easier to find that I started to switch over to "legitimate" software.
Skip forward to today ... a new Mac user can go to (an easy to find and use) app store and purchase just about any type of software they want. I think, if I were Adobe or any of the other "big boys", I'd be plenty worried right about now. No longer will a new user have to "steal" or buy an overpriced (for the non professional) piece of software that allows them to pursue (and learn by doing) desk top publishing, or any other avenues of interest. It's a great time to be part of the Mac Experience. Thank you Steve Jobs and to all at Apple. ...