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Re: [tlug] About to break down and get an iPhone

On 2009-05-07 at 23:33:52, Josh Glover wrote:
>Consider the Windows vs. Mac OS situation ten years ago, when Apple had
>something like 5% of the market. Did any of their actions force the
>monopolist to change their strategy?

10 years ago, migrating between Windows and Mac platforms was difficult 
and expensive for most people (buying new hardware to run the new OS, 
buying new applications, figuring out how to migrate data). Today it is 
still difficult and expensive for most people, though not so much for 
the more technically inclined since Windows and OS X both run on Intel 
and torrent sites exist.

Changing music purchases from one on-line store to another is easy and 
cheap for most people, especially if both stores provide music in a 
format that one's music player can handle.

10 years ago there was no need for Microsoft to change strategies since 
they had lock-in. The "lock-in" for iTunes is much more ephemeral.

Dan Ramaley                            Dial Center 118, Drake University
Network Programmer/Analyst             2407 Carpenter Ave
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