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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Fri, Sep. 7th, 2007 12:49 pm
Further evidence that Apple is just as bad as Microsoft.

Seriously, how is it ethical to sell a product, then lock it down in an attempt to actually prevent users from using its features?

-- Des

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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Fri, Sep. 7th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)

Well Apple has never been one for third party support. Just look at them from their start to...well now.

As far as the iphone, it's not really preventing users from using its features. It's preventing users from taking advantage of the device with 3rd party (read: acceptable) programs to better the thing's function. In other words, Apple never intended users to be able to put their own ringtones on, so it's not really preventing a functionality of the phone (at least not an intended one).

As far as the video ipod, that would be blocking functionality, but only sorta. If Apple made it abundantly clear (and maybe they did) that the ipod was only able to work on Apple made video devices, then I wouldn't care as much. It's still kinda silly, but I guess Apple wants every dime they can get, considering they're...Apple.

In short, I agree it's silly and a little over the top, but not unexpected from such a trendy company. ;)


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Fri, Sep. 7th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)

Oh, I agree it's not unexpected. But at best it's bad business, and at worst it's unethical. Trendy has nothing to do with it. =P

People used to make the same excuses for Microsoft -- "oh, it's Microsoft", as if that were some sort of excuse for producing proprietary crap that's been deliberately crippled.

Ethics notwithstanding, that sort of business model has almost always failed in the long run -- look at how the PC industry suddenly exploded into generic hardware back in the late 80s/early 90s. Hell, it's failing for Microsoft right now -- they've been ever-so-slowly losing the format wars, and I think it's pretty clear they're getting routed in the server market as well.

As far as Apple goes, I think users have a reasonable expectation that if it says "video", for example, it'll be able to output video to standard video devices.

I'll grant the ethics are arguable, but the fact that they went to special efforts to cripple both the video iPod and the iPhone is simply absurd. They're decreasing the product's utility and increasing their cost -- nevermind the users who bought the device and expect to, I don't know, use it? :p


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