ivan at itrundle.com
Thu Jan 28 17:06:52 AEDT 2010
On 28/01/2010, at 4:35 PM, Robin Whittle wrote:
> Hi Erik,
> Thanks for this link:
> The Problem
> The Apple iPad uses Digital Restrictions Management in two ways:
> * All media in the iTunes store (with the one exception of
> music) is wrapped in Apple's DRM. That means films, TV shows,
> movies and audiobooks are locked to Apple's platform, taking
> away your right to share.
Which you can repurpose into other file formats without too much difficulty. The DRM issue is a dead issue for 99% of most users of iTunes.
> * All applications must be signed by Apple if they are to run,
> an unprecedented level of control for a general purpose
Big deal. This has always been so with the iPhone (and who is to say that the iPad is a general purpose computer?). There are reasonably good reasons for control at this point. Again, it hasn't stopped the billions of app downloads to date.
> On top of this, Apple can push updates to the
> device over its wireless connection, letting them add or
> remove capabilities at any time.
As mentioned in previous message: iTunes doesn't work this way.
> These restrictions make the iPad a particularly dangerous platform
> for the distribution of news media. Every publisher depends on
> permission from Apple, and Apple can remotely delete stories after
> they have been published.
The word 'dangerous' is lamentably hostile and inappropriate.
> Indeed. My life has been complete without buying anything from the
> Church of Apple.
My life is neither complete nor incomplete, with or without Apple. I'm not sure why such a statement adds to the debate.
> I await the Asus knock-off
The Keynote presentation demonstrates the path the Apple took, and why netbooks will never feature in the Apple lineup. Knock-offs will have to work hard to match the speed that people are experiencing in their hands-on demos.
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