Oct 22nd 2007 12:53PM "Yes, Edwin. Apple's decision to only allow iTunes ringtones was a business decision."
thanks for confirming.
Oct 22nd 2007 3:15AM "If you're saying it's a business decision because Apple faced the Music industries threat to pay for ringtones or they pull out of iTunes, then yes it was a business decision.
If you're saying it was Apple's business decision to charge for and limit the use of ringtones so they can reap less than 10% of the fee for ringtones, they I say you're wrong."
Then you acknowledge that Apple's crippling of my ability to set ringtones was a business decision and not a result of incomplete software. Thank you for clearing this up.
Oct 21st 2007 6:26PM "i don't see how you can compare this to mac os x 10.0 not being able to play dvds. that was due to a limitation of development. apple preventing users from controlling the sound their iphones make when there's a call coming in is a calculate business move done on purpose."
And the evidence for that is....?
The evidence is that I used to be able to set my ringtone to whatever I wanted it to sound like, but now I can not.
You're try to promote the idea that preventing me from setting my ringtones to what i want is a limitation in software, then you correctly promote the idea that this is due to business.
Which one is it?
You need to acknowledge that the ability to set ringtones was once there, but that ability was taken from me by Apple because of business. Why can't you accept that?
Oct 21st 2007 2:48AM RE: "I apologize Edwin. I must have missed the announcement that Apple has stopped development on the iPhone OS."
the technology is there. the ability for consumers to customize their ringtones is there. i don't see how you can compare this to mac os x 10.0 not being able to play dvds. that was due to a limitation of development. apple preventing users from controlling the sound their iphones make when there's a call coming in is a calculate business move done on purpose.
Oct 21st 2007 12:55AM RE: "If Apple was the only one to charge for ringtones, then they'd be the problem."
Apple can charge $50 & a foot rub for a ringtone. I could care less. That's not the issue. The issue is good 'ol Apple PREVENTING consumers from using ANY ringtone--even the ones they create THEMSELVES--except for ringtones purchased through iTunes.
Oct 20th 2007 7:25PM drop in drm-free mp3s is a sign of change in the air? what kool-aid are you guys drinking? i've done my share of apple fanboyism in the past but you guys here at tuaw are delirious.
of course jobs wants drm-free mp3s to be cheaper. it drives more people to itunes which in turns, drives more people to buy more ipods. if jobs had his way, he's give mp3s out for free.
i'm through giving apple the benefit of the doubt. it's time you writers do too. some of the things you guys write is just embarrassing to read.
call apple for what it is. a corporation trying to turn a profit. like every other corporation out there. that's all there really is to it. expecting anything more from apple is just silly.