Apple’s emulating the most pernicious qualities of Nintendo and the
Microsoft XBox — you pay us a tax or you don’t work with our
But Apple’s “approval” just comes from Apple getting a cut. It’s a
measure of greed, not quality. We’re not talking about
THX-certification here, we’re talking about extortion. This kind of
lock-in seems very appealing for the company doing the locking early
on, but it always, ALWAYS ends up biting the company in the butt.
Ask IBM with their ubiquitous 970 servers and their extortionist
service contracts. Oh, wait, those don’t exist any more.
The best thing that could happen to Apple this year would be for Microsoft’s Zune 2.0 to be a kick-ass product, both technologically and in terms of being designed to make customers happy, not entertainment conglomerates. Apple needs competition.