Is iPod, iTunes, iTunes Music Store A Monopoly?

Tera Patricks’ Tera Talks – Is iPod, iTunes, iTunes Music Store A Monopoly? I’ve felt for a while now that iTunes needs to loosen their grip on their offerings and allow their music to be played on non iPod players. I’ve never purchased an Apple player nor have I ever purchased an iTune. As far as I’m concerned crystal clear, DRM free, high bit rate mp3s are the only way to go — and those can be played on any device. Still, it’s not right for Apple to make all that money and still retain their tight grip of control over the content for the suckers who continue to buy from iTunes. They are a monopoly for sure.

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  1. This is the same conversation we’ve been having on eHomeUpgrade.

    See:
    A Possible Solution to Our DRM Conundrum

    Rob Enderle: Apple Will Succeed in “Owning” the Digital Home Market (I Think Not)

    The only thing that’s different are the numbers the judge quoted which are much higher than we suspected.

  2. Oh, I forgot to say…

    Thomas, buddy, you’ve got to get in the conversation!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What industry or market has Apple monopolized??

  4. Jon says:

    Is it a bad deal? Yes. Do they have exclusive control of online MP3 sales? Are they preventing competition in some way? Just because they are popular doesn’t make them a monopoly.

  5. People will wise up to this fad eventually.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Another bunch of whiners who can’t accept that Apple has touched a market of ready consumers with a perfectly timed product and they are getting rich from it. You don’t like it, don’t use it. Now STFU.

  7. I don’t use any mp3 players. So, I don’t care. However, if I were to buy one today, it wouldn’t be an iPod. I’d rather get a ‘plays for sure’ player and subscribe to Yahoo! music unlimited.

    People are stupid. They buy iPods because they don’t know any better. They don’t know what’s out there. They don’t know that there are other products and services that do the same thing, but cheaper. I ,once, was an AOL user. I didn’t know any better. I thougth that’s how you get online. After trial and error and just being a ‘net user, I’ve seen the light. Many more people followed. They ‘wised up’.

    That’s why iPod is and iFad.