Wrong about Apple?

I wrote that Apple's iTunes DRM didn't bother me because I trust Apple, and the only way my previously purchased songs could become unplayable would be if they deliberately pushed out an iTunes update to destroy them. Well, now according to this article in the Inquirer, Apple has pushed out an iTunes update to destroy the iPhones of customers who unlocked them. More from a Google news search...

I guess I'll stick to emusic.com, and check out Amazon's new DRM free music store.

On a side note, it's a ridiculous business model to "give" customers a "free" phone subsidized by a required long term service commitment. The regulators should prohibit the lock-ins, and let the phones compete on a true cost basis, and the phone service compete on a true cost basis.

 

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Well, I would have to say that it must not be a "ridiculous" business model since in the US at least it is the model used by virtually all the wireless providers except in those states where it is prohibited by law.

Posted by Brian Utterback on October 01, 2007 at 12:24 AM PDT #

I realize it's near universal. I just think it's universally ridiculous to expect that nobody will take advantage of artificially subsidized prices. That's what gives us economic distortions like rice paddies in the California desert while cities ration water, and it's what gives us iBricks.

Posted by Walter Bays on October 01, 2007 at 09:06 AM PDT #

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