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Is Apple A Benevolent Dictator Or A Tyrant?

An article titled Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store.” published in The New York Times suggests that Apple may be changing its business model with an emphasis on selling content.

After paying for a piece of hardware are consumers going to be frustrated by their inability to use the device in the manner in which they see fit?

Recently Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have allowed people to buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store and thereby compete with Apple’s iTunes offering.

Applications developers, including Sony, are being told that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their applications, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store, something which it didn’t use to do.

Developers have long complained that applications they’ve written are refused by Apple and hence not available to device users. Will this begin a backlash as consumers delay purchases until then next release of Android tablets are available? Google’s Android phone shipment growth by percentage is about seven times that of Apple and in 2010 Android overtook Apple in sales of smart phones. Artstechnica article.

I’m frustrated by the iTouch
The restrictions on the applications was just the beginning of my frustration with the iTouch. I’m a Linux user, I just want to drag and drop music onto my iTouch; I don’t want to have to boot to windows to run iTunes and convert my music.

The note application works fairly well, but it would be nice to be able to cut and paste the notes from my computer rather than have to retype them. I grew so frustrated with retyping long notes that I gave up, gave away my iTouch, bought a Kindle and I’m looking at a music player that imposes a preparation ritual just to make some music available.

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