Why do we love to play the Monopoly game? The answer is easy. We love to get rich and stick it to everyone else. Even if it’s just play money, the rules of Monopoly are not much different than a real life monopoly.
Apple is accused of being a monopoly. Uh-huh. Sure. Just like Whole Foods is a monopoly. Or, Walmart is a monopoly. You can’t sell your goods in either store unless they allow it and you follow their rules. Apple’s App Store monopoly is a good one for a variety of reasons.
Bad Android, Sit
This week I read yet another story about Android security problems on Google’s Play Store; the equivalent of Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad. Steve Ranger:
Apps with 1.5 million downloads were in the Google Play Store for almost a year before they were spotted, used a new trick to remain under the radar.
How often does such gimmicky breaches occur on the Play Store? Often. Weekly? Probably. How often do similar problems occur on Apple’s App Store? Seldom? Almost never.
Yet, one store is a monopoly and the other is nice so my contention is obvious. Apple’s App Store monopoly is good; good for customers, good for developers, good for Apple.
What those nefarious app developers did to Android customers on the Play Store is common.
The apps also use a sneaky way to display ads while keeping them hidden from the user, effectively placing the adverts outside of the device’s viewable screen area – which means the user simply can’t see it.
That kind of ongoing activity that exposes malware to many tens of millions of users over the course of a year is exactly why a monopoly is a good thing.
Oh, one more thing. Monopolies are not illegal. Monopoly abuse can be illegal. For those trying desperately to show how illegal Apple’s App Store monopoly is, they will be hard-pressed to display how it harms customers; financially, or otherwise.
This is more about ambulance chasing lawyers and app developers who don’t want to compete on the rather level playing ground Apple creates for 2-million apps than it is about monopoly abuse.