John Siracusa on Apple’s internal conflict between being a good platform host and promoting its own content services:
This tension between being a platform owner and also trying to
build new businesses on that very same platform is another thing
that Apple shares with Microsoft. But Microsoft is also a perfect
example of how this strategy can seemingly succeed (Windows won
the war for the desktop and Microsoft’s applications came to
dominate the Windows platform) while blinding a company to the
long-term failure scenario (a lack of competition allowed
Microsoft’s products to stagnate, and the next round of
innovations happened someplace other than the Windows platform).
Smart, subtle argument.