Remember the ..."Apple will be out of business in 5 years" rumors that used to pop up at least twice a year? Of course we now find out that John C. Dvorak was a source of most of these rants and that he was just making it all up. ;-)
Here's an interesting article:
I've always made the case here on this blog that when news is slow in the Mac Community ... websites start manufacturing news. News has been very slow and tempers have been running hot at Apple's competition lately ... the main source ( through plants and payofffs IMHO ) of the bad press Apple has been receiving.
I've found myself reading Roughly Drafted by Daniel Eran a little more as of late. Some of his insight is good, some not so good ...
Here's a good example of "the good" ... a little wordy:
Of particular "I second that"":
No amount of boo-hooing by Microsoft-aligned columnists changes the fact that the market has soundly rejected Microsoft's WMA. There is nothing "open" about the potential of interoperability between makers of rival DRM schemes.
DRM is inherently proprietary. Collusion amongst proprietors does not make for open standards. The only way Apple could open FairPlay is by allowing others to sell their own brand of Apple's FairPlay. That would be neither open nor free in any sense, nor would it benefit consumers to have access to an iTMS with a different name attached to it.
It's also grossly hypocritical for Microsoft backers to criticize Apple's combination of the iPod and iTMS, because those same lemmings have been defending the Microsoft monopoly for decades. They've insisted that Microsoft's Windows platform has created a stable, standard environment for PCs.
Why aren't they insisting that Windows run Linux apps, and that Microsoft create ways to run Windows applications on Linux? Why aren't they demanding that Microsoft port Exchange Server to Mac OS X? Why aren't they insisting that the Xbox and PlayStation run each other's games? Inane!