Apple could potentially have anti-trust problems, if they ever<br>try to in/prohibit other companies from accessing content (from<br>Disney or others.) It's pretty clear Apple's strategy is to tightly<br>integrate iPods and Macs with the iTunes web site; there is nothing<br>wrong with that, but if things like Disney titles become available only<br>to subscribers of an Apple service, then anti-trust is an issue.<br>Even if, say, one other company's media player can access the<br>content, anti-trust can still occur if accessing such content is<br>more difficult, or if the other company has less favorable terms<br>accessing the content, or access is limited in some form.<br><br>The much anticipated digital convergence is finally starting to happen.<br>It is still early in the game. Apple has taken the early lead.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>Adrien<br><br><br><b><i>vincent polite <firstname.lastname@example.org></i></b> wrote:<blockquote class="replbq" style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16,
16, 255); margin-left: 5px; padding-left: 5px;"> But, I think it is interesting. Especially the last paragraph;<br> <div><font size="2">...But Apple's transformation into a major force in digital entertainment may ultimately lead to antitrust challenges elsewhere, including the United States, Kay (</font><font size="2">Roger Kay of U.S.-based research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates),</font><font size="2"> said.</font></div> <div><font size="2">In that case, the French move will turn out to have been just the start of something bigger, he added. "Creating an <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">open version</span> of the iPod ecosystem is what everybody in the world except Apple would like."...<br> </font></div> <div><font size="2">The full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/03/17/financial/f125642S74.DTL&type=business<br> </font></div> <br> _______________________________________________<br>sf-lug mailing
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