“Responding to Hewlett-Packard’s agreement to bundle Apple’s iTunes music store on its computers, a Microsoft official called the move uncompetitive. ‘Windows is about choice – you can mix and match software and music player stuff,’ Dave Fester, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows digital media division, told reporters after last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. ‘We believe you should have the same choice when it comes to music services,'” Stephen Lynch reports for The New York Post.
“Microsoft, of course, spent years in court claiming its own bundling of products was good for consumers. ‘He said what!?’ said Bob Lande, a senior research scholar at the American Antitrust Institute. ‘Apparently his view of competition is that Microsoft is the only one allowed to offer a product.’ Microsoft, however, argues that its digital media standard is supported by a larger number of online music stores, and that Apple’s system is ‘limited,” Lynch reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: The only thing Apple’s iTunes/iPod “system” is “limiting” is Microsoft’s ability to lock customers into its proprietary Windows Media Audio DRM scheme. As Lynch writes in the first line of his article, “Turnabout is not fair play – at least according to Microsoft.” Do we take joy in Microsoft’s hypocritical whining, especially at the hands of Apple as they serve MS a strong dose of their own medicine? Hell, yeah!