EC joins FTC in probe of Apple’s rules barring third-party app excretion software

“European regulators have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission in probing Apple’s policies for mobile software developers,” Josh Kosman reports for The New York Post

“In June, the FTC opened an investigation into Apple’s decision to ban developers from using other companies’ tools to develop software for its mobile devices,” Kosman reports. “Apple also shut out Adobe’s Flash video technology from its iPhone and iPad.”

Kosman reports, “According to a source, the European Commission recently joined the FTC probe into whether Apple’s business practices harm competition… The European Union recently adopted a new Digital Agenda aimed at encouraging the interoperability of technology.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, geniuses abound on both sides of the Atlantic.

Apple (which has nothing resembling a monopoly, by the way) along with every other company on earth that so desires, has every right to protect their platforms from lowest common denominator crapware that fails to take advantage of unique OS hooks.

We don’t want dumbed-down, generic ports excreted by lazy developers on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches and neither should the EC, the FTC or any other government entity. The only companies that want such a thing are those who are badly losing the App War. The Nokias, RIMs, and Microsofts of the world don’t care about the quality of the apps (and hence don’t care about their end users, either). They only care about the sheer numbers of apps that they can claim for marketing purposes.

Is the EC, in all of their collective brilliance, going to probe Microsoft (Xbox), Sony (PlayStation), and Nintendo (Wii) for “interoperability of technology,” too? Sounds really stupid, right? Because it is.

48 Comments

  1. Actually I disagree with MDN and comments so far…

    I agree with Apple’s app store… and its protection of people using the iPhone/iPod/iPad….

    But… Apple does have a monopoly… once you buy their phone you have NO options but to buy apps from THEIR store…. again NO Options….

    And Developers legally have NO Options but to use Apple’s development environment and pay Apple 30%.

    People should understand that buying Apps from the Apple Store means the Apps are “controlled” and safer than buying them other places… but… people should still have the option to buy software other places.

    What if you bought a Ford car and they put a gasoline fill hole on it that ONLY would accept gas from pumps secured and sold by Ford ? and if you put ANY other gas in, it would void your warranty ?

    Apple is good… I don’t argue that…. but some of the comments make it sound as if Apple is God and no one else could ever deliver a safe app without Apple.

  2. The reason that “if it’s really bad quality software then no one will buy it” argument doesn’t work is because people are lazy. If developers can generate apps quicker at a lower quality level, most (but not all) will do that. Eventually all the good apps will either disappear or be buried by the crap that is easier to find and/or cheaper. Certain guidelines need to be in place to prevent this from happening.

  3. And actually… The fact that Flash is distributed with all major browsers, gives it an unfair advantage over competing “web” platforms. Microsoft should take Apple, Mozilla, Opera, etc… all to court and force them to either ship Silverlight with their browsers or stop distributing Flash. Let’s see how fast Adobe shuts up.

  4. @Confounded

    Did you know how the App Store worked when you bought your iPhone? Would you buy the Ford if you knew that only supported gas nozzles could be used, but you knew that there were safe and affordable supported fuel stations? My point is, we all knew how the App Store worked when we got our devices. I’m happy I don’t have Android like problems. I’m glad there’s a controlling body that moderates the crap. If you’re that frustrated, get an Android. Apple has every right to control their products as long as it is disclosed before purchasing.

    If you can’t accept this reality, go buy an Android and support something open-source, that’s cool too. But people need to quit whining.

  5. I bought an iPhone KNOWING Apple’s policies regarding the app store & consented to them as part of the process of purchase/activation & AT&T, who I am no fan of, allows a return period. Otherwise, we have all consented to Apple’s policies.

    That said, this is about lazy businesses wanting to put sh8t software on iPhones. Not only no way- no effing way.

  6. Monkeyboy will use all the time in the white house to plant his commie comrades wherever he can and will find great support for all his commie policies in the coomunist created EC.

    Apple has every right to dictate what platform is used to create it’s apps for the iPhone.

  7. “But… Apple does have a monopoly… once you buy their phone you have NO options but to buy apps from THEIR store…. again NO Options….”

    NO options… Except for jailbreaking your iPhone, with enables you to do whatever the hell you want with it and get apps from anywhere. Oh, and you have the option of not buying an iPhone. Also, calling Apple a monopoly because of the App Store is like calling Sony a monopoly because they’re the only ones who license Playstation games, OMG!

    So yeah, NO options. You know… Aside from the options you have.

    “And Developers legally have NO Options but to use Apple’s development environment and pay Apple 30%.”

    Because if developers DON’T use Apple’s developer environment and pay them 30%, the penalty is… Nothing. Whoa. Damn that’s frightening. I’d sure hate to be one of the many iPhone developers bypassing the App Store… I’d be scared all the time…

    “but… people should still have the option to buy software other places.”

    They do.

    “What if you bought a Ford car and they put a gasoline fill hole on it that ONLY would accept gas from pumps secured and sold by Ford ? and if you put ANY other gas in, it would void your warranty ?”

    What if you bought a Ford car and started replacing its parts with ones from a ride-on lawnmower? Would that void your warranty?

  8. ungarelli:

    Only a monkey with shit for brains and a trolling objective would say that the world’s most revolutionary device – The unequivcal sold out iPad sucks and that world retail’s biggest international hit item – the iPhone 4, isn’t worth the upgrade…

    You deserve the fanfare that you receive – start a new movement.

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