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I'd assumed --beginning with Apple Store launch music and VoD-- that was all about Adobe-Apple DRM standards competition, ergo revenue share lock-in with "content" providers.

'course, now, Amazon product is straight up MP3...

long-tail, indie P2P music and VoD distribution...

and all that ripping shareware to subvert iTunes...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 09:28:47 PM EST
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There's also that outside of Windows, Flash has always been a bit cruddy.

And Apple is probably on the inside track ... Adobe has to get its roll out of Flash 10.1 to a broad range of devices right or they all end up migrating to "something else", which can't be Window's Flash-killer, and whatever "else" that is, Apple will support it to sidestep Adobe.

Meanwhile, as with Crunchyroll's iPhone app alpha, knowing that Apple will not support Flash, so that Flash 10.1 will not give an "easy road" into iPhone / iPod Touch, Crunchyroll's second system specific app after Boxee is Apple iPhone OS 3.0 (including iPod Touch and, I presume, automatically including the iSlab).

Knowing Apple's stance regarding Flash drives content provider's to put Apple-specific app development to the front of the queue.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 10:59:30 PM EST
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Apple is on the inside track to the extent that one of the co-designers of HTML 5 works for Apple and is lead developer of Safari and WebKit.

So - not so much being on the inside track as owning the stadium and having a harem of enthusiastic cheerleaders.

Which is actually kind of annoying. Apart from bad implementation, which could easily be fixed, there's not much wrong with Flash. It's almost a standard. A lot of people use it and know it.

There's a lot wrong with HTML, especially if you want a simple way to do world class graphic design on the web. But instead of that, we're getting video and sound and animations. And stuff. In a moving standard that probably won't be finalised for another ten years - when it's already obsolete.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:19:24 PM EST
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I meant inside track in the market - the inside track in the HTML5 development process when the co-editors are from Apple and Google is only here or there if HTML5 starts getting relied on in lieu of plugins, and well in advance of formal standardization.

The inside track in the market is that Adobe may have one shot to get it right, and even if they win Apple can still proceed without Flash, while if Adobe trips up, Flash can very easily get knocked out its present market position.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 at 11:13:50 PM EST
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