Interesting little post by MacDailyNews on an interview with Dave Winer. The comments they’ve tagged on to the story stand out:
Why is it totally depressing that all the car makers are building in iPod compatible ports, Dave? Because it shoots your argument that “iPod is exclusive” all to hell? Archos? Is that a joke? If not, give us a break. It’s an iPod world, Dave. Get used to it.
Replace the word “iPod” with “Windows” and you’ll hear exactly the kind of things that Mac users used to scream and shout about about. Of course, when it’s Apple that has the market share and shoe’s on the other foot, it’s strange how people’s behaviour changes. Then there’s this:
You have to expect this type of “expert” to be all about ultimate “openness.” Too bad it’s at the expense of common sense here. Winer is flat wrong about the iPod. The iPod+iTunes is the only cross-platform (Mac and Windows) solution, for one example of inclusiveness. It’s the Windows-only Napster, Yahoo, MSN-type outfits that practice exclusion.
And Microsoft Office is the “only cross-platform” office package. That doesn’t make it open, and it doesn’t make it a good thing.