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Fake Steve, Real smarts

The Fake Steve Jobs blog is rapidly becoming a must-read for all of us Apple fanatics, due in no small part to posts like this:

"Ironically the mistake the major labels made was the same one that IBM made when it gave the DOS franchise to Microsoft nearly 30 years ago. They were faced with a new market that they didn't understand. They had a piece of work that they couldn't do on their own or didn't want to do on their own and they didn't view it as critical or important, so they outsourced it to a partner. The partner turned that seemingly unimportant work into a way to accrue power and create a monopoly and control the industry. Today in the music business we're about where IBM and Microsoft were in 1989, when IBM finally got hit with the clue stick and realized what Microsoft was doing. "

That's the best analogy I've read so far for the cluelessness of the record labels when it comes to digital content delivery, and it ended rather poorly for IBM, as I recall.

“Fake Steve, Real smarts”