iPod "monopoly"

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Bedawyn, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. Bedawyn macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    This article Who Will Sue Apple First is so, so pathetic, but I'm at work and don't have time to rebut it. I'm hoping other people will do the Mac-fanatic thing and jump on it for me.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    But its not a monopoly yet. People can still choose who they want to get their player from, and how they choose to get their music. Just to get it songs from MS and then play them on an iPod, you have to burn them to a cd. Same thing the other way around with iTunes, burn them and then onto another player. There is no monopoly, just businesses trying to not operate together.
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Ummm... So people might sue Apple because the iPod supports Apple's proprietary file format but not Microsoft's proprietary format?

    Definitely sounds fishy to me, especially considering the fact that iPod also supports non-proprietary formats such as CDs and MP3s.

    90 percent of HD music players is not 90 percent of all computerized music players, and it's a tiny fraction of the market for all music players, especially when you count radios, CD players, and tape players. This is a very different situation from the Windows/Netscape suit, where Microsoft controlled 90 percent of the means of accessing the Internet. The Internet could only be accessed via computer, and Microsoft controlled 90 percent of that market. There are many ways to access music, and Apple controls only a tiny portion of them.
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    This thread could go on for pages on this issue. What it all boils down to is ignorance. People don't know what the options are and that will ruin things.

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