Originally posted by A/UXVery interesting. So you think that Apple might actually try to compete directly with the carriers? What of the rumors of the impending deal with Cingular?
I hope that Apple does not make the mistake of refusing to work with the rest of the world. AAC may be the accepted MPEG 4 audio standard, but Apple has locked it down with FairPlay. Windows Media will slowly begin to gain ground if all of the non-iPod devices on the planet support it and not FairPlay-protected AAC. Apple needs partners here and they need to be willing to let FairPlay work on more devices.
This Motorola phone seemed like a good start, but it is taking forever to get to market.
Yeah, that is what I think. There is a possibility that Apple may rent space from someone like Cingular, much like Disney is doing but I have heard two whispers (which only amounts to a rumor at this point), that Apple may be purchasing a slice of satellite service for just such a thing. Actually I think, if I interpret corectly, it was to be for broadcasts, video rental purchases, data delivery or even communication services which could be a communications service. But this is very much a rumor at this point.
The only evidence I have is what I have rattled off at TreoCentral for the last 5 months. The rest is just rumors.
Fairplay will be an issue down the road. Right now though, the only issue is that people are complaining because Apple has out innovated them. But yeah, your right; they may eventually be up against complaints of holding a monopoly once every one has given up.
But lets be honest, the restrictions of FairPlay are virtually nil, except for the issue of sharing with large groups such as in campus situations.