“With the rest of Europe looking on approvingly, France and the Scandinavian triumvirate of Sweden, Denmark and Norway are attempting to censure Apple for tying one piece of its intellectual property to another piece of its intellectual property… Blind Freddie can see that Apple’s wildly successful business model works because of a number of factors, two of the main ones being that iTunes is a wonderful concept and the iPod is a lovely product. However, there is a third factor which is equally important. The relationship between iTunes and iPod is symbiotic. Any attempt to severe the connection between the two facets of Apple’s business is just not on,” Stan Beer writes for iTWire.
“This is yet another exercise in stupidity. Apple has fought hard to keep prices of music from record companies at an affordable level for consumers so that they’ll buy products from Apple rather than resort to piracy,” Beer writes.
“It seems that in their zeal to enforce their own peculiar brand of socialism in the consumer space, European governments feel that they must curb the excesses of evil US capitalist technology companies like Apple, which won its market share fairly in a highly competitive market, despite being very late on the scene. It seems that Apple’s major crimes are being innovative, producing superior products and, above all, being American. These are heinous crimes indeed in a part of the world where the 35 hour working week, six weeks annual paid holidays and a reputation for technological mediocrity have become the norm,” Beer writes.
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Nice article form Beer. Just a note of clarification: A song purchased from Apple’s iTunes Store can be burned to audio CD an unlimited amount of times and played on any CD player and/or imported into any portable music player than offers a method of importing from standard audio CDs. iPods can import from audio CD and iTunes can import in MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, and Apple Lossless formats. Users do not need an iPod in order to use and purchase from iTunes Music Store. Users do not need to use or purchase from iTunes Music Store in order to use an iPod. So, obviously, iPod is not “tied” to iTMS and iTMS is not “tied” to iPod.
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