Apple makes me increasingly nervous with its desire to control everything we do on our computers.
Latest thing: if you get an app for your iPhone or iPod Touch from the App Store then the manufacturers will have to provide subscription from within the app. And Apple will take 30%.
Boring business stuff? Yes and no.
Take Spotify. It's been the most transformative thing on my MacBook (and my iPhone) since the web itself. For a tenner a month I get unlimited streamed music. Right now it's the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos. This morning it was Jordi Savall's indescribably strange and wonderful El Cant de la Sibil-La. I have John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Pilgrimage -- all the cantatas -- in a playlist and I'm working through them. At current prices, that tenner a month would get me two or possibly three CDs of the set in a year. I'd be dead by the time I'd paid for the whole lot -- if I could find them for sale.
Not with Spotify.
I signed up at their website, and only later downloaded the iPhone app. But if Apple has its way, that will no longer work, as is my understanding. I'll have to download the Spotify app and subscribe via Apple. The 30% cut that Apple demands will quite likely be the difference between Spotify thriving and going under. Margins are tight.
I never thought I'd see Apple become one of the bad guys. I never thought when -- must have been 1984 -- I had lunch with Steve Jobs in the Red Fort in Soho that his company would start to Just Not Get It.
Lord, was I naïve.
First, if you want to subscribe to Spotify (and, believe me, you do, whatever the music you like) do it before June 30th via Spotify's website. Think of it as a line in the sand.
Second, if Apple goes ahead with this greedy and shortsighted plan, my iPhone is going in the bin. I'll buy an Android or something. And if their greed shuts down Spotify then I'll never go near another Apple product or service again.
Big deal. Bet they're quaking in their boots. But... well, "I'm Spartacus", y'know. We all say "enough" then enough it is. But we won't, of course.