Teflon Steve Wearing Thin in Europe
Interesting to see Europe wake up and smell the real monopoly: Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), iTunes, and the "Fairplay" DRM. The Norwegians hate it. ("Illegal" is the claim.) So, too, their Scandinavian cousins, the Swedes and the Danes. Ooh-la-la, don't forget the French, and now the Germans.
(Remember the days when the European Commission screamed bloody murder about Windows Media Player? Ah, old times.)
Will a new round of hissy-fit pitching help? Will Apple ever open up and play nice with other players? If not, what does that say about Jobs' faith in the power of the iPod?
I think an open iTunes is about as likely as Steve Jobs taking real responsibility for those backdated stock options, which is to say, a big goose egg.