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More on Windows Media for Mac

In a long, interesting post on Microsoft Monitor, Joe Wilcox notes this:

But the development decision is largely independent of the Macintosh Business Unit; Microsoft’s Windows Digital Media division is responsible for the player.

– which confirms something that I’d heard too. Joe also makes the following observation:

Related, I also would like to point out that Apple presses its advantages just as hard as Microsoft. I’ve heard lots of gripes (some justified) for many years about Microsoft’s bundling strategy and how it hurts competitors. Apple does the same. Yesterday, I tried to get product information at Apple’s Website, but Internet Explorer 7 would crash. I used Firefox with the same result. With Tuesday’s new product announcements, Apple retooled its Website with lots more QuickTime (Doesn’t everyone else use Flash?). So I decided to update my QuickTime version from 7.03 to 7.04. But when I tried to download QuickTime, Apple’s Website directed me to iTunes. Apple wouldn’t offer QuickTime download separate from iTunes. I did search Apple’s download site for QuickTime 7.04, but got directed to 7.03 instead.

It’s very interesting that Apple has chosen to effectively make QuickTime part of iTunes. For a long while, it’s bundled the two together, but there was always a seperate QuickTime download for those who didn’t want iTunes.

But Joe’s key point is this:

The news media wouldn’t let Microsoft get away with such a tactic, but looks like Apple gets a free ride. My point: It’s just as easy to spin conspiracies around Apple as Microsoft. Or not.

– and that’s completely correct.

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