[OT] Mac App Store

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Mon Oct 25 16:05:18 CDT 2010


This analogy would hold true, if WalMart charged 30% of the profit margin of everything sold in it's store, required a registration process before you could even sell anything through them, but had such awesome security that all but eliminated shoplifting and employee theft. In an environment such as that, it would not at all be inconceivable that other business models could thrive. 

You know, people really play fast and loose with analogies these days, because they can say, "Well it's like..." and few people will take the time to examine the argument critically to see if indeed the analogy holds up. This especially is true when people want the argument supposedly supported by the analogy to be valid. 

my 2¢, Bob


On Oct 22, 2010, at 5:27 PM, Chipp Walters wrote:

> Hi Lynn, 
> 
> Saw an interesting post over at Gizmodo today.
> http://gizmodo.com/5670812/big-brother-apple-and-the-death-of-the-program?skyline=true&s=i
> 
> One of the more interesting comments is so appropriately true:
> 
>> The argument that the app store doesn't bar outside installations is bogus. It's like making the "free market" argument for walmart. Having a walmart in the center of your town and expecting "competition" to thrive is not a very smart bet. 
>> It's like saying that "It would be a shame if you lost those kneecaps" is a compassionate statement. 
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