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Monday, May 16, 2005

Hilary Rosen follow up 

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Following up on that Hilary Rosen post I linked to the other day, Corante has an excellent, measured response. As well as the appropriate mix of outrage and we-told-you-so, the following is a particularly well-made point:
But keeping the iTunes system a proprietary technology to prevent anyone from using multiple (read Microsoft) music systems is the most anti-consumer and user unfriendly thing any god can do. Is this the same Jobs that railed for years about the Microsoft monopoly? Is taking a page out of their playbook the only way to have a successful business? If he isn’t careful Bill Gates might just Betamax him while the crowds cheer him on. Come on Steve – open it up.

Is it the only way to run a successful business? No, but it is a very good way to run one. Jobs isn't going to open up his system until it makes business sense. Unfortunately, Miss Rosen hasn't provided a single argument as to why it makes good business sense for him to do so.
The point that Apple are merely applying a business model - a user-unfriendly one, granted, but one that the music industry has in no small part forced them into - is often missed among the bluster. Most of us music lovers are not against the music industry; we're simply against an industry that makes access to the things we love unreasonably difficult.

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