updated 08:35 pm EDT, Sat May 29, 2010
DOJ may have carte blanche to investigate Apple
The Department of Justice's antitrust investigation of Apple is expanding into the video industry and other areas as well, sources said today. A number of large media and technology companies have been asked if Apple has exerted unfair control over their own businesses. The NY Post understands that Apple's decision to ban cross-compiling developer tools like Adobe Flash CS5 sparked much of the investigation beyond music.
"You can't dictate terms to the industry," an anonymous studio source said. "The Adobe thing is just inviting the wrath of everybody."
Most of the media-related arguments have centered around Apple allegedly strong-arming publishers into giving it equal or better terms than competitors like Amazon. Arguments surrounding development are different may have been spurred on by Adobe, which feels both that Apple is unfairly locking some developers into writing only iPhone apps but also wants to drive sales of Flash to developers who could write once for several platforms. It ties into media issues, however, as it prevented Conde Nast from publishing the Wired iPad app without rewriting large parts of code.
Some of the newly gained confidence from media firms may have manifested itself in rumors of NBC and Time Warner refusing to use HTML5 both out of principle and technical reasons.