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> Just as Microsoft were stopped from shipping a browser with their OS, vendors should be prevented from shipping an App Store with their OS.

Microsoft had a monopoly, Apple doesn't. It's as simple as that.






Apple has an absolute monopoly on its own platform.

They are certainly complying with the laws in this regard, but the reality is that anti-competition laws need to change to deal with companies of this scale and reach.


> Apple has an absolute monopoly on its own platform.

It doesn't work that way. Otherwise I could also say that any company has a monopoly on "products with the company's name on it".

> the reality is that anti-competition laws need to change to deal with companies of this scale and reach.

Hm ... I really think that Facebook and Google are the bigger problems today. And a lot is happening there already (not so much in the US though).


I am talking about the actual definition of a monopoly, not that defined by antitrust laws, hence my second sentence about how the law (consumer law, anti-trust, or both) needs to change to prevent these walled gardens.

I agree Facebook and google are also problems. Amazon too, likely others. They all have their walled gardens - and whats worse is when they "go to war" with each other, affecting the users tied to their services (financially or otherwise).


> I am talking about the actual definition of a monopoly, not that defined by antitrust laws, hence my second sentence about how the law (consumer law, anti-trust, or both) needs to change to prevent these walled gardens.

I didn't mean that your definition of a monopoly is incorrect, but that you can't just narrow down the market until you find a monopoly. Because if you could, every company has a monopoly (which wouldn't make any sense).


This isn't narrowing down markets until we find a monopoly. This is a trillion dollar company abusing access to their captive market. The only option for users is to leave their ecosystem and lose access to all of their purchases. If that isn't covered by current anti-trust law, then the law is outdated and should be changed.

> The only option for users is to leave their ecosystem and lose access to all of their purchases.

The user signed up for that, so IMHO he gets what he deserves. The only I think I would change is to disallow the use of the word "purchase" when the user only buys the right to access some DRM-ed content.


So you believe that a purchasing decision that someone made a decade ago should haunt them forever. Nice!



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