Originally Posted by kotatsu
It's nauseating stuff and I really hope some sort of regulatory body steps in and gives Apple a thoroughly good slapping for it. Microsoft wouldn't be able to behave like this anymore so Apple shouldn't be allowed to either. Play fair Apple, once an iPad is sold it belongs to the user, not to you. So keep your filthy hands off it.
This kind of thing was not what MS was penalised for, so there is no comparison. Even though MS and Apple both make an OS / patform, the closer comparison would be between MS and Amazon in this case...
What MS was not allowed to get away with would be as though Amazon said, "hey Apple, you know how the Kindle App helps you sell iPads? Well, you can't have it in your store unless you refuse the Sony or Barnes and Noble book apps. And you better not let me see you bundling iBooks on your home screen, either." Of course, an OS is just a little
more critical than that.
Apple in no way dictates what Amazon or Sony or anyone else does on other devices or platforms. Amazon is perfectly free to make an Android app or its own web app and sell through any of the *fantastic and popular* Android stores, and through its own website, while continuing to sell books in the Apple Store.
I am sure MS would rightly protest if a licensee or certified technician were to try to bypass it's services and system and yet profit from his MS accreditation. If I had a PC, and I whined like others around here that it was my machine that I bought with my own money, therefore I can do what I like with it... Should I expect to be able to take up these software deals I hear about through spam, which I imagine involve pirated software? Should I be able to go to a licensed MS service dealer who can install Office on the side for 100 bucks and who keeps all the profit because he has access to MS serial numbers which he uses over and over again? Or is MS going to expect that the service rep is going to charge me full rate for Office and pass the appropriate amount on to MS? (in case you think I am equating MS own product with a third party book that is not Apple's, I'm not; I'm comparing the auspices under which the vendor is operating when running a particular app or service. The IT vendor may well provide cheap services on the side, and he may well supply Open Office or equivalent; but as long as he is operating as a MS-certified IT tech or reseller and that's why people come to him, then he should do right by MS according to his agreement as much as that might suck. The tech invests in MS training and certificates in order to build his business; Amazon invests in iOS SDK and App Store agreements in order to build theirs, rather than focusing on the pain of developing for a fragmented platform like Android, which has no viable store.)
Hey, why should I go through the channels that MS has set up when it is going to make the same product or repair service 10 times more expensive for me? Who the heck does MS think it is. Bad, bad MS. Every MS certified tech should slip me something under the table, it's my right to bypass the system. Hey, while I am at it, why don't I sue MS when the pirated software (viz a vis jail broken iPhones) causes BSOD and my PC crashes irreparably? (oh, yeah, probably because that is par for the course with PCs and MS would rightly have been out of business long ago IF THEY DID NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY ON DESKTOP PCs ACROSS ALL PC HARDWARE OEMs IN THE WHOLE WORLD! You do realize that PCs, which require an OS, are made by, get this, OTHER COMPANIES, don't you? They are not MS' OWN product! The fact that an OS is required and that MS had the monopoly, meant that MS could LEVERAGE this monopoly into other monopolies over office applications and browsers, etc. as well. They did not have to compete on merit. Whoa, who could imagine? I'd love to see how many negative comments that would have gotten if blog sites were around then).
Thank God for Apple, the one rebel in the bunch; personal computing might have always remained in the dark ages.