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. Great call. How do you separate the good from the bad. It’s like renting a video for the night. How do you know which one to pick. That sounds like the standard dilemma of the free market economy. That’s also the choice each one should make for themselves.
    As I already said: Apple should uphold her standard and accept the apps into the AppStore. But should do so by evaluating each individual app, without excluding a complete set without a valid quality argument. That’s what’s happening now.

  2. Abobe has turned the whole Apple community against them. When the web turns HTML5 I will happily unistall Flash. Apple users should also stop supporting this crap company by stop buying their crappy and expensive Apps. Adobes flash has forced Google Chrome and Firefox to implement crash protection in their browsers, only because this stoopid plugin that happily consumes all your CPU power. Would be interesting to see how much CO2 Flashhas caused because of 100% CPU over the years…

    Flash is probably to blame for global warming.

  3. “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 ?”

    Sorry. Not the same. Gas is gas. There is no technological distinction between brands. Software by nature is aimed at specific platforms.

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

    Developers pay NOTHING to Apple. If a developer wants $10 for an app, he gets $10. He alone freely sets the app’s price, with full knowledge that Apple will charge the consumer more to cover the developer’s distribution, fulfillment, and billing.

  4. @ confounded…

    Apples app store is not a monopoly.

    Android and blackberry have their own app markets that can only be used on those devices.

    You are confused I think. If I buy an iPhone I know that my mobile game and music market will be iTunes and the app store. I don’t know a single human being who does not understand that.

    The iPhone and iTunes are compatible with PCs. So you do not need to purchase a Mac though I must admit once you own one apple product it is hard to ignore the rest.

    Consumers do have options. Only idiots get confused. That’s like telling Macy’s department stores to carry unionbay (which is a walmart vendor) when they can freely choose which vendors they want in their stores depending on demographics and other factors. If Macy’s says no, they say no. Go shop somewhere else. Find that article of clothing elsewhere. If apple says no adobe..then no adobe. Go buy a different phone. Again, how could you miss the options?

  5. Apple IS competition against the dumbass ‘anything goes’ crapware platforms. Stopping Apple from controlling what apps can run on their hardware ITSELF equals KILLING COMPETITION.

    Oh the TechTardiness of governments. PATHETIC.

  6. It should totally illegal for Apple to disallow any software on their devices based on policy !! It is absurd.

    Apple has no right to control what software we use, no matter how much you don’t like it !!!

    I can’t believe people support this stance. What country are you from ? Are freedom and liberty oppressed there ?

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