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January 21, 2008

Why the $20 Charge is Wrong

Filed under: Uncategorized — ipoddonttouch @ 4:32 am

I’ve tried to see the other side of the argument. I wish i could agree with the other side of the argument because $20 isn’t a big deal to me and so if i could be happy with handing it over then I’d be a happier person. But i just can’t see the other side. And if i paid the $20 then every time i’d see those new little icons I’d just be reminded about how angry I am at apple for treating me like a second class citizen.

Here’s my list of reasons why the $20 charge for the January update is wrong:

  • The apps had already been written for the iphone.  Enhancements for 1.1.3 are relatively minor and can’t possibly have been expensive to develop.
  • Apps were conspicuously absent from ipod touch.  It was clear from the start that these apps should have been there.  There was no sensible reason for them to be absent.
  • Free for new touch customers.
  • Apps install with 1.1.3 update regardless of whether you choose to buy them. Buying them simply unlocks them. (so Apple is already taking the trouble to push this to your iPod for free and use up storage space.)
  • Announced after the holiday buying season.  It was timed after a spike in ipod touch sales to increase the base of people to charge.
  • Free for all iphone customers.
  • Steve jobs labeled this as ‘only’ $20 during an event in which he was showing off how well Apple was doing financially.
  • $20 should deliver much more compelling s/w than this in today’s marketplace
  • Announced same event where major but free update to apple tv announced
  • Microsoft does not charge for Zune updates.  Its safe to say that Microsoft is treating their customers much better than Apple treats iPod Touch customers.
  • iPod touch is not a cheap device and so its customers shouldn’t be nickel and dimed by Apple.
  • This encourages jailbreaking at a time when Apple could have made jailbreaking pointless. With the upcoming SDK, there’s no reason I can think of for jailbreaking an iPod Touch other than if you had to pay for the ability to install 3rd party apps.

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