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If you only read one piece on Apple, Adobe and the big Flash fight, make it this one

Forget the Apple apologists and the aggrieved Adobe fans. This is the best thing on Apple’s latest anti-Adobe move that I’ve read.

The trouble is, it’s not just ‘up yours’ to Adobe, but to Adobe’s users. That’s us, and you. Ironically, it’s the creative industries that propped Apple up for so many years when it was still making its money from computers. Even more ironically, this sector is arguably the most important new source of content for the iPad, to which the same restriction will inevitably apply.

2 replies on “If you only read one piece on Apple, Adobe and the big Flash fight, make it this one”

I reckon you could also say that about the Gruber one he links to.

Devils advocate hat on:
Surely if it is prohibitive to do so, then magazines not being produced for the iPx (I’m assuming I understand this term) platform means physical sales maintained. Win!

If it’s a new stream of revenue being shut off (albeit for a fairly beleagured industry) then surely that comes under ‘expansion’ and getting in someone with the skills is an investment? Win!

> I reckon you could also say that about the Gruber one he links to.

Depends on your natural sympathies, I think. Between the two of ’em it’s pretty much covered.

> physical sales maintained. Win!

iPad or no iPad, physical sales are going down. Some of the tech titles are doing about 1/10 of what they were doing a few years ago.

> surely that comes under ‘expansion’ and getting in someone with the skills is an investment? Win!

Perhaps, but the iPad might not take off, and even if it does take off it’s not going to be the only tablet-style computer out there. I can certainly imagine publishers going “oh, for fuck’s sake” in exasperation at their costs going up over what appears to be a pissing contest.

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