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BW: RealNetworks\' Harmony software does a disservice

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Wed July 28, 2004

\'Harmony\' does disservice

BusinessWeek Online's Peter Burrows says that RealNetworks' attempt to make its music downloads work on iPods--via its Harmony software--does both Apple and consumers a disservice and that the effort : "You might think Apple would welcome a product that encourages consumers to legally download music onto their player. But it's said to be more than a little unhappy, and with good reason. Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs should clearly and firmly squelch Real's attempt to infiltrate Apple's music empire. GartnerG2 analyst Mike McGuire sums it up: 'At some point, Apple may decide to license [its iPod technology] to others. But they should do it for good business reasons, not because a rival issues a press release or some beta software.'"




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  1. medmuse

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sue

    Put em out of business. It would be a service to the greater computing community.

  1. evankai

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    History has a funny way..

    This is like watching the 80's all over again. Apple dominates a market and Microsoft comes along with a developer friendly version and slowly errodes at Apple's maketshare until it reaches critical mass and Apple quickly becomes a minor player in the market. Where are the WeedShares and Ruckus Networks built on FairPlay?

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Agreed

    Unlike Microsoft, which stops at nothing until they've eradicated all competition and own the market, Jobs is just happy to have conquered over 50% of the market. As usual, he's resting on his laurels and waiting for the rest of the world to teach him a hard lesson.

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple dominate?

    I'm not aware of ANY time that Apple dominated the market like this. Ever. This is not another case of what happened then. a closer analogy may be beta/vhs. Therefore, it still could be bad.

    However, there are also many other cases where companies have rigidly held on to their proprietary technologies, and been benefited by it. MS does that routinely. They abandon standards, knowing they dominate, and knowing they will continue to do so at the expense of more open systems, and it works for them.

    With 50% of the player market, the HUGE mindshare, and the 70% dominance of iTunes, and Apple could pull of a Microsoft. They do need to license the iPod to other companies though... HP is a good start. If a half dozen others also licensed iPod, then Apple could easily do wildly well here.


  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    single source for iPod?

    Hmmm, I don't understand what's the big deal? Apple wants iTMS to be the single source of music for iPods? But wait, people can buy a CD from Best Buy, rip it and then put it on their iPod. Is Apple gonna stop that horrendous practice?

    As much as I love Macs, F--- Apple, I'm gonna choose who I wanna get music from. So far, iTMS has been the best combination of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), ease of use and price. When someone beats them at it, you can be sure I'll start buying music from them instead. If Walmart.com has $.88 songs and exclusives and a simple program lets me put it on my iPod, h*** yeah I'm gonna do it.

  1. Faizon318

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    UM

    I just hope all this IPOD ITUNES does not side track jobs from making Computers .. I mean .. he has his hands in tooo many things ! He needs to spin this music business off and focus on computing .. I cant imagine how many choices he makes a day and how can he make the right choices if he is busy doing 10 things at the same time. I want to see some adds for the Xserve on CNNFN or somthin ..

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: UM

    Jobs doesn't actually design the computers. Besides, Apple doesn't have that many products. Do you think HP should sell of the thousands of products they sell? I'm sure the PowerMac design teams aren't told to slow down because the iPod is successful.

    What you can claim is Apple needs to market the rest of their product line. But they should continue full tilt with development of their music products - just as they should with their computing products.

  1. geekstud

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    goose or gander?

    The difference between this situation and the reverse when Apple (and many others) reverse-engineered the online chat interfaces to various services (AOL, MSN, etc.) is...?

  1. Bryson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What?

    First of all, what does MS have to do with this article?
    Second, Apple never dominated the PC market, with a maximum of around 25%-30% market share
    Third, teach Apple a lesson? It's not Apple's fault if they build a superior product, and the cheap beer budget general public would rather settle for 'just good enough'.

    Whatever happens Apple will be fine. They'll still build a better mousetrap. You guys clearly missed the point of this article. And some of you actually seem to HOPE that Apple loses bigtime on their strategy. Why? It's just stupid.

  1. iManCE3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: goose or gander?

    The difference is Apple has agreements with AOL... I seem to recall Jobs making some speech about how only Apple was "let into the tent" or something of the like. In terms of MSN, Apple's iChat doesn't work with it... Microsoft makes its own MSN Messenger for the Mac.

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