Paul Thurrott’s Supersite Blog apparently firmly believes at least two things:
- Apple is “bad”.
- Newsweek is a credible source for Apple commentary.
The former is nothing less than Paul has always thought, despite his claims of being unbiased, etc., even as he calls those who support Apple names every chance he gets. The latter, however, is especially telling, since of course Newsweek was little more than an Apple tool until now.
As Paul himself explains it:
Now that Apple fanatic Steven Levy is gone, apparently Newsweek can tell it like it is about Apple.
So if you support Apple, you’re a “fanatic” (there goes Paul’s name-calling again). If not, then you’re just telling it like it is. Gotcha, Paul. Thanks for the tip.
I’ve learned something about the way Paul works. Notice that this article is not on the Windows Supersite home page, but rather Paul’s blog. Paul thinks he’s safer (and less vulnerable to attack) when he puts his more egregious comments there instead of the Supersite proper. He’s wrong, of course, since they’re part of the same site, but Paula will take what he can get in terms of “shelter” from those calling him on his crap.
Paul’s record of ignoring (or rewriting) Microsoft’s history is quite clear, yet he imagines an Apple currently running as Microsoft used to. His post, and the Newsweek piece he linked to, provide nothing to support the theory that Apple is bad. Apple’s popular. The iPod and iTunes command their market. Big deal. This is already known and there is nothing wrong with commanding your market.
Microsoft’s sins were in abusing their position (you know, like threatening to displace competitors from markets), not in being popular. Google’s Eric Schmidt summed it up nicely just recently: “Microsoft has a history of favouring its own applications and I can give you 500,000 pages of court testimony, document web blogs and so forth and so on about that”.
Aside from popularity, the articles here have nothing to say about Apple being “bad”. Apparently, it’s supposed to just be understood.
For example, Paul says:
It’s about Apple. Apple becoming a much more dominant player. Apple exercising its market power and getting some push back from companies that don’t like being abused and customers who don’t like being treated like they don’t matter.
Paul and others do not like Apple becoming a big player. It threatens their livelihood. Otherwise there’s no clue given as to why it’s “bad”.
Regarding Apple “exercising its market power” to abuse companies, where are the examples? Adobe? Is it because their pathetic Flash player has been left to rot on the Mac so Apple doesn’t want it on their iPhone? Most other mobile phones don’t allow it either (no, Flash Lite is not the same). The record labels? You know, the ones who are all but colluding against iTunes by providing their music DRM-free everywhere else? Other music stores? Like Amazon and eMusic, whose music is 100% compatible with the iPod?
Apple is in fact still being treated like a second-class citizen by most of the major players, something Paul champions, since he’s quick to remind us of Apple’s 3.5% global market share. Just look at Google’s new Chrome browser, which won’t be available on the Mac for several months. Yet this is the company Paul says is abusing its power? Please.
As for abusing their customers, that’s even more laughable. Consumer Reports and every survey has shown Apple blows other tech companies out of the water in terms of customer satisfaction. Try another tack, Paul, you’re sinking.
Paul’s writings are full of flowery multi-part prose about Apple’s products and services filled with misinformation or half-truths. As just one recent example, in Paul’s four-part MobileMe “review” he claims you cannot export contacts in any significant way because you must do so one at a time. Nonsense. He points out that when you export as vCard the selected account is exported, but — either through ignorance or deliberate suppression — does not bother to mention that you can select them all and export one vCard with all the information.
I used the above method to export all my contacts and then import them into Windows Live contacts in about three minutes. And it only took that long because I milked it out and took a couple of breaks.
The above is just one example of what Paul obscures in his “reviews” of Apple products. But when others give positive reviews Paul just calls them names, as Steven Levy learned today, and as others have learned before him.
For an excellent rundown of other Microsoft faults Paul chooses to ignore, read this piece. [Though a single political paragraph taints the piece.]