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October 09, 2007

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King Ed Ra

Wow, and here I was all set to point out that Apple's business model is in danger of becoming irrelevant as well and you go and get all Big Picture. Damn. The topic is still big, it's the comments that have gotten small.

dan mcenroe

you go and get all Big Picture.

Yeah, that one kind of got away from me once I started typing.

King Ed Ra

Yeah, but you make a valid point about adapting to a changing marketplace. The RIAA is a great example (talk about being penny-wise and pound-foolish with their drift net lawsuits).

Apple is facing the same problem with iTunes. Initialy, they succeeded because they offered a legal profitable way for record and TV/Movie companies to have an online revenue stream that they (the record/movie/TV) companies didn't want/didn't know how to run. Now that companies are setting up their own download stores, iTunes is facing the reality that they may not have a product to sell, unless they are willing to set up a payment scale more favorable to the content providers (something that Apple, to its credit, refuses to do). Microsoft's Zune which will play AAC files (something most other mp# players won't), so you can use the iTunes player and tracks you have burned w/ your Zune. Unfortuantely, thanks to Apples DRM at the iTunes music store, trax you bought off of iTunes won't work on a Zune. Couple that with the Content Providers going "in-house", and Apple is f-u-c-k screwed.

That's the resaon (I think) that Apple began pushing the iPhone so hard--they need a new gadget, cause with the revenue stream at iTunes potentially drying up, the iPod is a now an overpriced hard drive. Their computers struggle to break even, so what do they have left? "Look! We re-invented the CrackBerry!"

dan mcenroe

You can actually move iTunes files between machines and players but it's a pain in the ass. E-mail me if you're interested.

Culture of Truth

"It's a lession the RIAA should have learned."

Purposeful pun?

Culture of Truth

"It's a lession the RIAA should have learned."

Purposeful pun?

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