Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss App Store Monopoly Lawsuit

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Apple has an illegal monopoly because the iPhone does not allow users to use alternative app stores by default, reports Bloomberg.
    The plaintiffs argue that because a consumer can't buy Angry Birds for the iPhone from an alternative app store, Apple has an illegal monopoly and is reducing consumer choice.

    This isn't the first time Apple has been accused of running an illegal monopoly. The iTunes Store and iBookstore have previously been the subject of lawsuits. This lawsuit was originally filed in 2011, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).

    Article Link: Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss App Store Monopoly Lawsuit
  2. shaunp macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2010
    They do know that having an iphone isn't compulsory, don't they? Other phones are available and they are free to choose one of those. Muppets!
  3. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    The "If you don't like it, leave" doesn't fly with Monopoly investigations.
  4. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    If there were no options like buying another phone, maybe, but this is a waste of time and money.
  5. shaunp macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2010
    Yep, I don't get that either. You don't HAVE to buy Windows if you don't want to. Other platforms are available.
  6. KSpider macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I am suing Microsoft next week... I should be able to play non licensed games, maybe even playstation games on my 360...
  7. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    There is no need to offer competing App repositories on any of Apples iOS enabled devices. App makers set the price, and will likely offer the same price for their apps elsewhere.
  8. Aidan5806 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2012
    That's just how Apple works and always has. If you don't like it don't buy their devices. Get over it.
  9. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    This is just silly. We are free to choose which phone we want to buy. I chose the iPhone. I absolutely without a doubt do not want the Android App Store (or whatever the heck it's called) on my iPhone. If I did, I would obviously own an Android phone.
  10. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008
    Its all rather stupid really. If you want access to more than the App Store then get an android phone. No-one is forcing you to use an iPhone!
  11. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    You can't be a monopoly in and of yourself. Your cable company is not required to support downloading of other sources to the cable box you get from them.
  12. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
  13. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Monopoly? Ever heard of the countless android choice and WP/BB10?
    No one is forcing you onto iOS
  14. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    apple fanboys are strange cats, if this article was about only being able to install software on your Mac by way of the MAS, the fanboys would be upset, change the platform and the fanboys are upset people want options
  15. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    You can use logic and reason all you want, it doesn't matter. Once they've decided you're being a monopoly, they're pretty set in their ways. Look at Microsoft getting hammered for Internet Explorer being included with Windows.

    That's not the point of the article, its about you not being able to change defaults, and the fact that if you don't like a price on the App Store, there is nowhere else to turn to to get the app.
  16. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Is it really a monopoly when the average iOS owner spends maybe $50.00 a year on their Apps?
    Is it really a monopoly when there are alternate stores like Cydia?
    This is a lawsuit for the sake of having a lawsuit.
    I think they would have grounds if no other phones existed and no other app. stores.
    Also with millions of apps. in the App. store if you can't find a free alternative to some app that is being sold then you really aren't even trying. :rolleyes:
  17. unlimitedx macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    this is like complaining that someone can't use sonicare brush heads on an oral-b electric toothbrush.......
  18. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    I was going to bring this up if no one else did. Apple could actually use the jailbreak community as a response if needed.
  19. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    There are good technical reasons to why I think this should be OK.

    Apple should ask how they are supposed to guarantee the quality, software and security-wise, of the apps in the App Store and thus protect their brand value if they are no longer in control of the apps sold.

    Apple is a company that really consider the software a part of the product.
  20. michaywood macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2011
    Having alternative app stores would just turn the iphone experience into a crappy Android-type one where apps aren't reviewed and anyone can submit apps for release, causing for a lot more unhappy iPhone users cause this sweet new game they just downloaded crashes every time they open the app...

    I understand this happens anyways, which bugs and what not, but from being a previous Android user, this was a LOT more prevalent
  21. iMaven macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2011
    Apple developers can offer a low resolution, ad-laden, free app for those who don't want to pay.
  22. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    That is because the Mac has been open to all software from the start. The iPhone app store was always closed so we knew what we were getting into.
  23. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    bring on the hate...

    it would be absolutely wonderful if one could install third party apps from alternative sources without a jailbreak

    bring on "advanced user mode"

    I bought the iphone, it's mine, let me put what I want on it. Should be treated like a PC IMO. The lockdown only benefits Apple / certain developers / people that cant handle freedom (tech newbies that shouldn't enable 'advanced mode').
  24. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    How is this monopoly ? Monopoly would be if every phone came with iOS and Apple forced Samsung, Motorola etc thru deals and pressure to make them use their OS and not the competition.

    This type of lawsuits only exist in the US, the most ridiculous judicial system where everyone can sue everyone for everything, even if it makes absolutely NO SENSE.
  25. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    This lawsuit sounds frivolous but it's the truth. Apple's famous walled garden exists for this purpose.

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