Amazon Sidesteps App Store Business Model, Plays Back MP3s From Safari
"would assume it higher than Apple’s 40% gross margin – so yeah – it is a considerable chunk of change."
It'a actually less. 10% for music, 30% for apps.
Apple: Greenpeace's Cloud Critique Driven By Bogus Numbers
The truth? Probably somewhere in the middle
Exactly the reasoning Greenpeace is counting on you to use. Truth is X, Greenpeace says it is 10000X. Most people assume it's safe to assume the truth is 5000X.
Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans
I find it hard to believe that there should be a part of the brain evolved to process religion. Just how would nature select for that? I think it more reasonable to believe that religion hijacks that part of the brain, but that it evolved for some other—more mundane—purpose.
Question: What, other than Apple products and religion, stimulates that part of the brain? The answer might give us a clue as to what its evolutionary purpose really is, and why it is stimulated by religion and Apple Products.
This Is Apple's Next iPhone
Why wouldn't you mention the iPhone huge catalogue of apps? What is your assessment of the general quality of apps on both platforms?
How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted
the money invested in advertisement was really something in a completely different league than what the rest of the mp3 player manufacturers could do.
Which begs the question: Why has the Zune not overtaken the iPod yet?
Apple To Face Challenge At WWDC
That's starting to slip as iPhone and iPod prices come down
It's not Apples MO to drop prices. Rather, they introduce new models and keep the prices level.
Apple's reaction so far has been to raise iTunes prices.
The changed prices in the iTMS has been a reaction to nothing other than the fact that this was a demand posed by the record companies in exchange for them allowing Apple to provide DRM-free versions of their entire catalogues.
IPhone 3G Jailbreak Released, Paves Way For Open Source Apps
Pesky freedom. Not worth having anyway.
You make it sound like having an iPhone is equivalent to living in a fascist dictatorship. I think you need to get out more.
Granted, it's an easy thing to get over and done with
Yes. And yet this is on your short list of reasons why not to get an iPhone....
They don't have photos they may wish to send as an MMS? They don't want to be able to shoot video?
That's not really the point you first made. You complained about formats, and that was addressed. Now you complain about features. I say this: There's ten million features it doesn't have. Merely pointing something that it doesn't do out isn't an argument. You could argue that the features you mention are essential, must-have features, but since you don't, I won't waste my time arguing against it.
They sure do in 6 or 12 months [if they're heavy phone users]
So, maybe most people aren't.
A lot of people will buy the phone and not even realize that it doesn't allow you to change batteries.
Perhaps that's because a lot of people don't care, because - surprised - they've never in their life taken out the battery of a phone except to insert the SIM card
...until they run out of room for their mp3s.
In which case they transfer some of the mp3s back to their computer. I suppose there exists the odd ultrageek who keeps his entire 200 GB collection of mp3s (silly me, I mean Ogg Vorbis of course) on a collection of SD-cards so as always to be able to listen to any song, no matter where he is...
People who are into brand loyalty get what they deserve.
Apparently they don't or the iPhone wouldn't have the highest customer satisfaction of any phone.
Oh yes, lets start with an all out personal attack shall we
Yes, that's surely below any level you would sink to. Well except of course to call anyone who argues against you an apologist. And btw: You do take yourself a little to seriously in you signature, suggesting as you do that someone would wish to censor you because they disagree with you. Au contraire: People like you are easy to argue against because you make such idiotic, easily refutable claims. I could write a more convincing argument for not buying the iPhone with both hands tied behind my back. I do however sympathise with anyone who mods you down because you're noisy and obnoxious.