Originally Posted by OzExige
Your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the 'Apple Business Model' is outstanding!
You guys are all arguing about busines model here. It's _not_ the problem.
MS's business model has proven to be the best model for 25 years (at least). It doesn't make it a moral, sane, or even legal model, as have proven the numerous suits they lost (against the US government, against companies, against the EU...)
The question is simple: is it fair that to offer their customers the best possible coverage (as in "offer an iPad app"), companies that already would sell their product if such app wasn't there need to pay a 30% tax to Apple? Obviously, it's not in the interest of anyone but Apple, just as MS's model is only in the interest of MS. As it should, since companies are, after all, no non-profit organizations...
Bottom line of my argument: yes, Apple's trying to get as much $$$ as they can from their iPad's success, and no, governments shouldn't let that go unchecked. That's precisely one of the things governments are for, preventing abuse of power by money-hungry corporations, in the interest of the voter, who also happens to be a consumer.
Addendum about my feelings on the 30%:
The question here is: can X develop an app that does the same thing as an Appstore app without going through the AppStore? Anyone who's done web-apps knows the answer: unless your app is pretty simple, native code wins every time. It so happens that native code necessarily installs through the AppStore.
The _only_ way that Apple's 30% tax would be acceptable is if Apple stopped demanding that native code executing on the iPad has to be distributed through the AppStore. That's the only choice: open up, or cease the tax. It's pretty clear that unless the government steps in (and in the case of MS, it took the government a mere 15 years to step in, and close to 20 years to actually achieve a result), Apple's only going to change something if their sales o down, which won't happen, because apart from having horrible policies, they do make stupendous hardware. Maybe in 2028?