Trying too hard to be a contrarian
Silicon.com’s Jo Best just can’t come up with a convincing argument why an iPhone wouldn’t be cool.
But it doesn’t stop her from trying.
My iPod needs charging every day to play music for an hour or two.
Ah, yes, the Macalope has that same model. It looks like this.
Apple’s DRM is, well, awful.
When discussing Apple’s DRM, it is only really useful to compare its implimentation to anyone else’s. It is not useful to compare it to no DRM. It is self-evident that any DRM will be inherently worse than no DRM.
Because, honestly, the worst you can say about Apple’s DRM is that it’s at least as good as anyone else’s. Most people would argue that it’s better.
I’ve spent hours of my life convincing iTunes I should be allowed to play songs I either ripped from lawfully bought CDs or purchased from Apple itself on my laptop or my iPod.
Hours? To play songs you ripped? Then you are doing something seriously, drastically, idiotically wrong and need to seek professional help immediately.
Get thee to a Genius Bar.
I know Apple isn’t stupid and probably won’t put copy protection on my PIM-type content but I do not trust them in this area and would inspect closely their DRM policy on the iPhone before considering a purchase.
Sooo, you don’t fear that Apple will try to copy-protect your contacts, but somehow you don’t trust them… not to copy-protect your contacts? Wha-huh? You should really sort out your stand on these issues before you sit down and just start typing willy-nilly.
But I’ve got an iPod and a mobile and it hasn’t bothered me yet, despite the plethora of phones with built-in music players flooding the market.
The Macalope is in agreement here. His original shuffle probably has about as many songs as an iPhone would be likely to have, hardly takes up any extra space and acts as a USB drive to boot (well, not to boot… er… well, you know what the Macalope means).
Best then goes on to say what she likes about Apple products and why an iPhone might really be cool, but ultimately concludes she wants Apple to partner with Nokia on a phone that…
… take a deep breath…
…runs a mobile version of OS X.
Jo, dear, you haven’t been in Jason O’Grady’s meds, have you?
Much of Best’s piece is quite reasonable, which is what makes the conclusion so dunderheaded. It is an absurd truism that workers in the “marketplace of ideas” frequently feel the need to provide a contrarian opinion just for the sake of it.
“Hmm. No one has said that puppies and kittens are a blight upon our society. Quick! To the keyboard!”
Possibly they do it because it drives hits from, well, sites like this.
But is that the kind of business you want to be in?