NeoWin: Microsoft announced today that it will not appeal against the European Union’s court order compelling the company to remove Windows Media Player from the Windows XP operating system in Europe.
I have a very simple question and it’s somewhat rhetorical: why doesn’t Apple have to remove iTunes and Quicktime from OS-X?
And before someone tries to argue this, let me start with the whole file format argument and address it now: encrypted AAC can only be played on Apple-made players (iPod family); WMA can be played on a number of different players from different manufacturers. iTunes on both platforms can play AAC; WMP on both platforms can play WMA. Also, both iTunes and WMP play MP3 files. Quicktime requires Quicktime to be installed; WMV requires WMP to be installed. Both play other formats, i.e. MPEG2.
Both products are included in both OS’s in the exact same manner.
I’d say that I would lose respect for the EU if they don’t go after Apple, but I can’t lose what I don’t have – it can only increase the contempt I feel for them.
And if they don’t go after Apple, the US – or Microsoft itself – should sue the EU for biased or something else that sounds rather legal – it’s not lawful to attack one company for something and then ignoring the exact same practice in another.
Remember: it was rhetorical.