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Submission + - Is Apple a monopoly?

pcause writes: "Apple reportedly owns something like 85% of the music player market and is #1 in sales of music. They've achieved this through a very nice vertically integrated system of the iTunes store, iTunes and the iPod/iPhone devices. The most recent attempt by a third party, Palm, to tie into this system has failed. Given its dominant market share over many years, in a consumer market, isn't Apple a monopoly? Is this situation similar to the old IBM and Microsoft situations and is Apple a monopoly that uses its power against the consumer and aggressively keeps players out of the system? Should Apple be forced to open up the interfaces so that alternative devices, PC software and stores can plug into the iTunes ecosystem? We'd get more innovation and competition and the Palm Pre is an Exhibit 1."

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