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Re: Tough Terms May Land Apple's Subscription Service in Hot Water
Posted by: Rob Spiegel 2011-02-19 05:48:39
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The U.S. Justice Department and The Federal Trade Commission have started to examine Apple's new in-app subscription plan. The agencies are determining whether Apple is violating antitrust laws with its subscription plan that was unveiled this week. European Union antitrust regulators are also keeping an eye on Apple's new service. Apple will nab a 30 percent commission from publishers selling though the App Store, and it forbids publishers from offering a lower price for their content outside the store. This could be viewed as an anticompetitive tactic that would restrict competition.

Apple is pure better mousetrap
Posted by: hembreeder 2011-02-19 05:56:32 In reply to: Rob Spiegel
The idea that Apple is a monopoly and is leveraging its monopolistic power to overcome competitors is completely ludicrous.

Apple is the least likely company in American history to try to use monopoly status to overpower competitors. It whips competitors by making better products. That's what Apple does.

It does not try to force anyone to buy a product in order to get another one. Nor does it give away products until smaller competitors go broke, as Microsoft did to Netscape.

It simply outsmarts people. Makes more useful products. This is in the company's DNA.

There are plenty of healthy competitors to Apple. Though none of them has the one thing that sets Apple apart: its iTunes-based culture that enhances the value of every product. Love it or hate it, nobody has matched iTunes.
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