"Apple now argues that its entry into the eBook sector has fueled the demand for eBooks by forcing Amazon and other rivals to compete more aggressively. This means releasing new hardware and raising eBook prices."
normally, competition among rival companies leads to a DROP in prices in whatever market segment the competition is being fueled...
Apple logic: It's shiny and "innovative"! MUST PAY MOAR!
I seriously love my iphone, but over the past year everything that has come to light since steve jobs (yes i know it was ovious before this but i wasnt paying attention then) im competely coming off of apple products
[citation][nom]nieur[/nom]Apple is fundamentally flawed[/citation]
...from their support and use of near slave labor (Foxconn) to their anti-competitive attitude across the entire industry to their exploitation of near religiously loyal customers.
I have not had any Apple product since my 2nd gen iPod nano. I refuse to even install iTunes or Quicktime on any machine I have, or support it in any way for my friends and family members. If they say they're having trouble with iTunes, I tell them to uninstall it.
[citation][nom]sp0nger[/nom]I seriously love my iphone, but over the past year everything that has come to light since steve jobs (yes i know it was ovious before this but i wasnt paying attention then) im competely coming off of apple products[/citation]
Steve Jobs reality distortion field that was protecting Apple is gone, now you can see what was being disguised before.
This is really weird. I thought Apple would say they agreed completely with the Doj's accusations and that they were sorry and have now seen the error of their ways. To demonstrate their sincerity they plan to impose penalties on themselves including the removal of 3 scholarships and a self-imposed ban from postseason play in 2013.
Apple's logic is similar to a strategy initially employed by News of the World when the phone hacking scandal broke. They said that they were doing it for the public good.
Well guess what. You don't get to decide you're allowed to break laws for the good of the public. The laws are laws, and you have to obey all of them. Whether or not you had good intentions is irrelevant.
Price fixing is illegal. Apple colluded to fix prices. Thus Apple broke the law. This is all that matters.
If Apple wants to claim they did not collude, that's a different story, but saying they should be allowed to do so is just going to hurt their case, just like it did for News of the World.
I really hope this case isn't dropped and the DoJ sees Apple's argument like it really is: complete and utter bull. Absurd that anyone would think price fixing is a positive thing when the price is being increase by over 50%, outpricing even the physical copy. Amazon was doing a great thing by giving the world cheaper ebooks then Apple shows up with their greed and in a day some ebooks went up in price by as much as $7. F*** Apple
So Apple's response is to say that "entering the market as another competitor is allowed". Well, yes. However the argument isn't that you started competing, it's that you price fixed. There is no flaw there, good luck with that argument.