Even Apple, whom Noise applauds as “bringing the music industry into the 21st century” doesn't get it sometimes. And with the company “stunned” and considering legal action” against RealNetworks for faciliating the transfer of songs bought from RealNetworks to the iPod they exhibit a dinosaur mentality that has bit them in the ass before.

It was the the decision to cling to the “proprietary” fallacy against IBM's strategy of opening their architecture to clones that gave away the PC market on a silver platter, and they're doing their damndest to screw it up again now.

Apple doesn't see the value RealNetworks brings to the iPod and doesn't understand how backwards they are in their reaction to this. You'd figure they would have learned by now but they seem determined to build a betamax music player.

Category : Staff Memos