Originally Posted by Maxxa
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.