Countless other DAPs and online stores for consumers to choose. It's a shame that a company (Apple) can start a business model from scratch only to have government tamper with it once it becomes successful.
Dear Buzz Out Loud Gang,
There has been enormous legal wrangling from the Swedish, Norwegian and French governments as well as a few others regarding the seemly fundamental architecture of the itunes music service and its connection with the ipod music device. Although a clear argument could be made for the interoperability of these two technologies the clear focus of these discussions should point to why competitors failed to act when Apple was developing their business platform.
Many of Apple's competitors had the opportunity to release revival technologies to compete with itunes and ipod but many simply waited to see if the business model would work. This left Apple with enormous infrastructure and R&D cost in developing the itunes and ipod platforms in order for them to be successful. Now various governments are asking Apple to change their business model to permit other devices to use the technology.
Instead of spending enormous amounts of money litigating this issue, why have these governments not use their resources to foster a competing technology? Since the real issue is protecting the rights of material created by various content producers and artist, it would seem to be more prudent to invest in more technology that insures that competing platforms to the itunes business model perform the same function while offering the ease of use functionality.
Consumers use itunes because it is simply easy. A competing technology to itunes could have the same ease of use functionality but this would require more research to be spent in this area. Instead of actually trying to create a competing technology, some governments have chosen to react by simply using legislation against Apple in order for them to open their business model to more competitors even though it was Apple that invented the platform.
In my opinion, legislation should not be placed against Apple's business model simply because companies and governments are too lazy to research a competing technology.
That is my opinion...what's yours?