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Mix: iPhone SDK Music, Kahney vs. Gruber, eMusic on iTunes Unlimited

Adding to the list of iPhone application development restrictions, Billboard reports that third-party developers will be unable to access the iPhone’s iTunes-synchronized music database for playback, limiting the ability of iTunes competitors and social networking music software to place or access music directly on the iPhone. The publication notes that the beta version of the iPhone software development kit (SDK) denies developers access to “any iTunes functionality,” and suggests that Apple “could easily decline to make [competitors’] applications available in the AppStore,” but leaves open the prospect that this will change by the time of the final SDK’s release.

A surprisingly public and personal dispute over Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ “evil” tendencies has broken out between Wired’s Leander Kahney and John Gruber of Daring Fireball (warning: rough language). Kahney, whose upcoming book is excerpted in the latest issue of Wired, claims that by “exerting unrelenting control over his employees, his image, and even his customers, Jobs exerts unrelenting control over his products and how they’re used,” and contrasts the company’s approach with Google’s “Don’t be evil” philosophy. Describing Kahney as a “F—-ing Jackass,” Gruber tears into both the article and its author, taking particular issue with his discussion of Apple’s secretive tendencies. “What kind of secretive crackpot,” Gruber said, referring to Kahney’s inability to speak with Jobs, “wouldn’t want to speak to a writer working on a piece that labels your company ‘irredeemably evil’ and whose best-known work is a book that literally brands your customers as cultists? What a jerk.” [Editor’s Note: Gruber subsequently changed his article’s title, replacing the profanity with the word “irredeemable.”]

eMusic CEO David Pakman has claimed that Apple’s reported interest in bundling an unlimited iTunes Store rental service with iPods and iPhones would lead to an antitrust lawsuit under the Sherman Act. “It’s called tying,” said Pakman, “where a company with a monopoly position in one market uses that monopoly position unfairly to compete in another.” Pakman, whose company holds a 15% share of the digital music market, suggests that Apple is exploring the unlimited iTunes service because “a whole bunch of other retailers [now] can sell music that works on the iPod or any other device. That puts some pressure on Apple. There’s no question, I think, that iTunes market share will diminish as a result of that over time.”

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Comments

1

Nerd fight!

Posted by Flippy Hambone on March 20, 2008 at 5:08 AM (PDT)

2

And again, Apple doesn’t have a monopoly in the online music market.

Posted by petern on March 20, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PDT)

3

That is very true that Apple now has to come up with something to keep the iPod owners comeing back the iTunes.  Because like the article says people can get their music that they pay for other places that does work on the iPod.

Posted by Mike on March 20, 2008 at 6:59 AM (PDT)

4

Did anyone really think that Apple was going to allow another music store App on the iPhone/iTouch?  Now I am not a developer, so maybe not having access to iTunes functionality will have other implications, but I never expected an Amazon Music or eMusic download program to be available!

Posted by TosaDeac on March 20, 2008 at 7:23 AM (PDT)

5

I don’t care so much about other music store apps on my iPhone but it would be really nice to have MobileScrobbler officially work on the iPhone which is one of the best third party apps on my iPhone. Looks like I will have to continue to keep my phone jailbroken for that app to work. Why does Apple have to place such petty restrictions?

Posted by spasenie on March 20, 2008 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

6

The creator of Audiosurf stated recently on Attack of the Show that he bought a Mac so he could get the SDK and see if he could port Audiosurf to the iPhone, but it looks like that won’t work if the programs can’t access the music. Hopefully this will change.

Posted by QuakerMetalhead on March 20, 2008 at 1:09 PM (PDT)

7

Amazon now offers Ipod compatible music and it’s all 256 at .99 - no extra cost later to upgrade your music!

Posted by Nimbette2 on March 20, 2008 at 8:01 PM (PDT)

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