Originally Posted by shadash
That's an understatement. So what happens when Google and Microsoft/Nokia get their crap together and developers tell Apple to go fuck themselves?
The operative term there is "... get their crap together ..." Microsoft has been licensing the technology for Mobile phones for years, long before Apple even entered the market. Nokia is the mobile phone manufacturing giant for years... RIM was the smartphone King... So, why did they not think of doing what Apple did? When did Bill Gates showed us the MS tablet that he claimed would revolutionize computing?
Why did they not think to create their own equivalent of an iOS ecosystem? And, didn't MS have its music subscription at one point, but closed it? Naptser, etc. -- all subscription business ideas... and they too closed.
There are also digital technologies, that were supposed to do for the mass media long before Apple entered the market. Amazon had the eReader and ties with the book industry and electronic mass media long before the iPad came to light? It was so dominant in electronic publishing, it threatened to strong arm books and mass media publishers the moment the iPad came to light?
Didn't every Apple detractor claim that the closed system of Apple supposed to crumble once the "open system" business competition can get their act together. In fact, if you follow those tracking mobile phone sales, the Android phones eclipsed Apple in the US market, at an astronomical pace. Worldwide, Apple mobile products account for less that 5% of the market.
Every Apple detractor and competitor (Android makers, RIM, HP, Nokia, Microsoft) that their "announced" tablet products are far superior to that of the iPad.
Great for developers and publishers... they will have choices (and they should).
So why is the closed Apple ecosystem, which has been predicted and doomed to fail, suddenly become the monopolist? The iPad killers have come in 2010, and more are coming this year, they say. So, if Apple is so bad, why not just boycott the Apple ecosystem altogether and focus their attention to building Apps for all those iPad killers? (Sony claims it may not need the Apple iTunes at all).
The could have pitted Amazon behemoth in electronic publishing to counter the "unfair" practices of the newer and closed Apple ecosystem. So, why are they pinning their hopes on a closed Apple ecosystem that they claim they do not like and unfair... and just collaborate with others -- Google (and Android makers), Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia to get their act together?
It would be a collaborative effort of the giants in mobile computing, and the giants in music, and the giants in publishing and mass media.... against a single entity that has nothing but a closed ecosystem.
Surely, as you predict, Apple is doomed to repeat its history in the 1990s and will eventually fail? And open systems will triumph?
So, what's all the fuss about a company that has not only been eclipsed in the US market and have only less 5% of the world market?
Maybe, just maybe, these third parties have seen what Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, etc. are capable of.
You pin your hopes on Google. To refresh your memory, Google has embarked on its ambitious plan to digitize information -- with Google Books -- to offer to a new world to everyone? Did you read all those cries from publishers of unfair practices?
You may not know these but Google, Yahoo, Huffington, and other information consolidators have even into electronic publishing for years -- using the copyrighted materials of mainstream media as their main sources.
All the revenues from resulting go to Google, Yahoo, Huffington, and those who made big in information consolidation. Huffington just sold for US $350 million, a news consolidation empire that was built on the works of mass media and bloggers. Would Ariana Huffington give 70% of that windfall to the mass media and all those bloggers, and keep 30% for herself? I did not hear much outcry from all the loudmouths in the unfairness of it all.
Originally Posted by shadash
Just when you think Apple has learned the lesson of the last platform war they lost, they pull this crap. Does Apple want to sell iPhones and iPods or do they want to get 30% cuts on Kindle books? Cause they can't have both. Amazon can't make enough money and still compete with iBooks with the 30% cut. So the Kindle app goes, and small outfits like Instapaper go, and pretty soon its 1997 all over again.
If you are so sure of the fate of Apple, why not just let them learn their lesson then? Or, maybe you are one of the detractors who predict that Apple is doomed to fail, but then in the back of your mind, it might be the David that faced Goliath?