soluml - 4:02 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
Apple is trying to assert control over their products, not the web.
I find this naive. You have a better explanation for the lack of OGG support? Would it somehow hurt their brand or product by support a free codec? I recognize the control over the products, but don't be surprised if they wouldn't like to have a hand in proprietary web video. Most companies would.
They have every right to do whatever they want with their products. Don't like it? Don't buy it.
Stating that they have no interest in what's best for the consumer is absurd. If that was true, they would have folded years ago.
They almost DID fold years ago. Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-competitive litigation.
They do have the right to do whatever they want and I do not buy their products because I appreciate openness and choice. I recognize that others out there really enjoy their products and that's fine.
I do have, however, have an issue when big ole Apple's decisions directly impact me. By not supporting mobile flash they make my job as a web developer HARDER and ignoring OGG support has a potential to shape how the standard ends up. A closed source plugin is not an ideal solution but neither is dropping support for that free plugin when it's become a defacto standard for an even less ideal solution... a closed source video codec.
Again, it's their garden, they have the right to remove anything they consider to be weeds.
I agree for the most part. I don't care what they consider weeds as long as they stay inside their walls and leave the peasant folk alone.