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Apple is like North Korea. Going totally bonkers and trying to assert as much power(profit) as possible before their Glorious Leader dies.
I'd compare Apple to China moreso, they are in control
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Wait till Apple charges to just have one of their products registered. Have an iPod? On top of iTunes, lets charge them money just to own it.
Knowing Apple this will probably happen within a few years, to widen their already ridiculous profit margin
    
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While I do agree, Apple do overcharge, the solution is simple: Don't like it, don't buy it.
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While I do agree with the developers that it is pretty unacceptable, I still feel Apple should be able to do what they want with their own marketplace. We'll see what will come of it, I guess.
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While I do agree with the developers that it is pretty unacceptable, I still feel Apple should be able to do what they want with their own marketplace. We'll see what will come of it, I guess.
That's the entire point of an antitrust lawsuit... THEY own the only legitimate marketplace for apps, and then THEY charge a 30% fee to developers. What if windows 7 was incredible and had a greatly superior GUI than OS X and Microsoft sold its own branded computer with its own Microsoft branded CPU in it; And then what if they charged everyone who wrote a program for windows 30% of what they made? I don't think Intel or Apple would be happy with them...
    
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Governments should stop trying to control everything. If they identify a problem then they should encourage competition that addresses then combats the problem. We give individual companies way too much power, here in north America companies have more rights,freedoms and protection than the citizens do...quite sad.
The moral of the story folks is your money belongs to corporations or the government they just let you hold it for a little while.
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I cant stand Apple and their policies.
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post #18 of 72
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Governments should stop trying to control everything. If they identify a problem then they should encourage competition that addresses then combats the problem.
You can't have it both ways - no government control but the government in control...

The point of anti-trust is to prevent the construction of syndicates that can monopolize segments of the economy. I think Apple made a grave mistake a number of years ago, driven by the success of the iTunes store. Close coupling their products to their App Store creates a segmented monopoly, which might go against competiton laws because the transactions cross state lines. It is the same thing that MS tripped over with IE - where IE was close coupled to the OS, leaving any chance of a practical competitor out in the cold. The also bludgeoned Corel with the same tactic.

All Apple would need to do is allow their devices to download from whatever store you choose. Just like with Windows, you can choose whatever software from whatever site. But the problem with Apple is that you have to buy from their monopoly, and they are levying massive fees that can not be avoided (or driven down by competition).

This is a different case from say, Live Games or Sony Online - where even if there is no other online provider of equivalent products, you can go to any WalMart, EB Games, GameStop or whatever store and buy the products. You can not buy Apps from bricks and mortar stores, and you can't buy them from other online sources - so it entirely makes a strong case for anti-trust.

Even MS spent cash on creating a Mac version of Office - so that they could say there was a clear alternative in the marketplace. They also didn't try to squash Open Office, for even though there might be "lost profits", people have an alterative and hence, Office is not a monopoly.
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While I do agree, Apple do overcharge, the solution is simple: Don't like it, don't buy it.
That's what I did when I changed over to Windows 7. Not a fan of Windows, but at least I can run actual software, and not be stuck with the infinite bloat and lack of control that OSX offers these days. Not to mention the fact that while Apple remains fixated on iPads and iPhones - they don't have any suitable, modern machines in their lineup.

Unfortunately, people buy into the glitz of the iCrud - and though the hardware is decent and well made, it takes a while for people to figure out that the software has entirely hijacked them, and every time they turn around, Apple is gouging even more money out of their pockets because they can't buy their wares from anywhere else.
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About damn time...I hope. Otherwise. Damn Apple's got steep pockets to under the table like that.
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