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Comment: Is a small music player a right? (Score 1) 975 975

Most Apple-afficianados would have never thought they'd be on the other side of the coin in an antitrust case, but here they are. Clearly, Apple is the dominant player in the online music market, as well as the HD-based portable music player market. But there is more than one way to listen to music purchased iTunes music store: you can also make CDs of the songs and play them in and Compact Disc player, many of which would be considered portable by many standards. Furthermore, to negotiate the landmark rights deals with record companies, Apple surely had to show the labels that the iPod would not become a liability as a means to proliferate music easily to others, and the closed system accomplishes that feat. The question is, as much as many of us push for an open-source world, where do we draw the line between our right and our desire to use different technology platforms amongst each other? My personal (and knowingly imperfect)analogy is that I love my PS2...but I really like Halo 2...should antitrust litigation dictate if I should be able to play halo on my ps2?

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.