“A former lieutenant of Steve Jobs’s once told me something surprising about his ex-boss. ‘Steve is a monopolist at heart,’ he said. ‘He’s just like Bill Gates. He just hasn’t been as successful.’ Well, Jobs is getting there. This summer, Apple’s market capitalization surged past Google’s, making it the financial king of Silicon Valley,” Daniel “R.A.” Lyons scribbles for NewsWeek in an article titled, “One Bad Apple,” subtitled, “Apple is looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago—a Bigfoot that squeezes smaller competitors.”
MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft is a convicted monopoly abuser. Apple is not. By the way, monopolies aren’t illegal, abusing them is what’s illegal. And market caps have absolutely nothing to do with monopolies, much less illegal monopoly abuse. But, really, what do you expect from a guy whose claim to fame is pretending to be a successful businessman? “I’m not a billionaire CEO, but I play one online.” There’s obviously a reason for that, Danny Boy.
R.A. continues, “Not long ago Apple was just a niche PC maker selling to diehard fans who were quick to forgive (or even celebrate) Apple’s quirks and foibles. But Apple is no longer an underdog. In fact, Apple has started looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago—a company that so controls certain market segments that smaller competitors can survive only by living on its scraps or staying out of its way.”
MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait for Lyons’ proof that “Apple is looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago.”
R.A. continues, “A year ago a small company called Vudu was winning rave reviews for its dynamite little box that attaches to the TV and downloads movies from the Internet.”
MacDailyNews Take: Dynamite? Whom does R.A. think he is today, J.J. Evans?
R.A. continues, “Vudu had advantages over Apple TV: it had a larger catalog of movies, you could rent movies instead of buying them and you didn’t need to download the films to a PC first before watching them. In January Apple struck back, introducing a vastly expanded catalog of movie titles, which it started renting, as well as selling. And it came out with a new, cheaper version of the Apple TV box that matched most of Vudu’s features. Now Apple is selling or renting more than 50,000 movies a day, and Vudu is laying off staff.”
MacDailyNews Take: We’ll type slow for Danny Boy: It’s. Called. Competition. And it has absolutely nothing to do with – nor does it look anything like – Microsoft, the convicted monopoly abuser. Nothing. At. All.
R.A. continues, “A spokeswoman for Vudu says the company is doing fine. I will point out only that this is what Microsoft’s victims used to say, too.”
MacDailyNews Take: Sob. That’s what happens when you can’t compete. To be like Microsoft, Apple would have had to call up Vudu and threaten to “knife the baby.” Didn’t happen, did it, R.A.? Lyons’ specious argument is so ill-conceived and poorly-constructed, it should sport a Microsoft logo.
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