Music service's structure, plus Apple's culture, holding up 'iRadio' service

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    caliminiuscaliminius Posts: 944member
    Had Google not been so quick to copy the iPhone's OS, and Apple had a couple more years of near monopoly on media consumption, they could have dragged the rest of the entertainment industry kicking and screaming into the 21st century and gotten everyone cheaper and multi-device access to music, movies, TV shows, etc. Instead, we have to pretend that nothing has changed and everyone wants to go to theaters and listen to top 40 radio to get their fix. Thanks Google for making capitalism work against the consumer.

    gazoobee wrote: »
    If not for the rise of Android as a copy-cat OS, Apple would be enjoying more of a monopoly situation right now and the media companies would have had to play ball.  An unfortunate negative result of this would be that no doubt all the stories in the press would be angsty hand-wringing over whether Apple's dominance constitutes a "monopoly."  Back on the plus side however, it might have also had the effect of forcing Apple to offer users more choice since they would be the only game in town.  

    What are the two of you smoking? What does Google have to do with Apple's lack of a monopoly on digital media? (I mean of course besides just your hatred of Google.)

    Apple has only had anything resembling a monopoly on digital media in regards to music and even then for a very long time CD sales continued to outstrip Apple. Apple never had a monopoly on digital distribution of movies or TV. The studios made sure of that after seeing the huge amount of control Apple wielded over the music industry. Amazon originally dominated eBooks. Heck, I'd argue they are responsible for that segment of digital media actually existing today.

    Apple isn't losing ground in digital music sales to Google; it's losing it to Amazon and to services like Spotify and Pandora. Apple never dominated digital video distribution; it was always second fiddle to the likes of YouTube and Netflix and is losing ground on video sales to Amazon and even Microsoft.

    And if you're going to blame a company for working against the consumer, how about spreading a little blame Apple's way for helping to increase the cost of eBooks?
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