[sf-lug] Might at first seem off the base...."Draft law threatens iPod's future in France"

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 18 08:28:25 PST 2006

Apple could potentially have anti-trust problems, if they ever
try to in/prohibit other companies from accessing content (from
Disney or others.) It's pretty clear Apple's strategy is to tightly
integrate iPods and Macs with the iTunes web site; there is nothing
wrong with that, but if things like Disney titles become available only
to subscribers of an Apple service, then anti-trust is an issue.
Even if, say, one other company's media player can access the
content, anti-trust can still occur if accessing such content is
more difficult, or if the other company has less favorable terms
accessing the content, or access is limited in some form.

The much anticipated digital convergence is finally starting to happen.
It is still early in the game. Apple has taken the early lead.



vincent polite <vpolitewebsiteguy at yahoo.com> wrote: But, I think it is interesting. Especially the last paragraph;
  ...But Apple's transformation into a major force in  digital entertainment may ultimately lead to antitrust challenges  elsewhere, including the United States, Kay (Roger Kay of U.S.-based research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates), said.
    In that case, the French move will turn out to  have been just the start of something bigger, he added. "Creating an  open version of the iPod ecosystem is what everybody in the world  except Apple would like."...
  The full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/03/17/financial/f125642S74.DTL&type=business
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