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It is like going back to the 80s when Apple was a closed system for amateurs while Microsoft was for business. When developing, Microsoft turned a blind eye to the wide-spread copying of its DOS system. The final cost of the software is not the software itself, it is the amount of time to learn the software. With the large pool of people who got used to the DOS command and the easy availability of pirated and packaged softwares, the DOS system dominates the whole market. Apple became a fringe product.

A closed system brings a lot of inconvenience to its users. I cannot just plug my iPad, iTouch or iPhone into a computer and access it through the mass storage. iTune is a nightmare. Try to delete a movie, you need the iTune. Try to transfer a picture from another phone through the bluetooth, forget it. Try to see the Flash presentation on iSomething, forget it. This kind of system is suited for kids and little girls, housewife who may not want to tinkle with the stuff. It is like the game system, a closed one. Please tell me which game system has succeeded and still thriving today. This is long term view. The present excitement only last until the competitor catch on.

The objective of the argument here is to find out whether Google will win in the battle. If Apple still act as the big brother, it will surely lose. Android is not the truly open system as compared to Maemo or Meego. So, there is still a way to go to how good Meego can deliver. But for Apple, I have no hope on it.