Apple videostore stupidity

I don’t get Apple.

Apple TV
Apple TV

They make great products, have a great iTunes store, and make sure their products work with iTunes. Sounds pretty good, even if you are terrified of something called ‘vendor lock-in’. (which I am not)

Okay, so now we have something called: “Apple TV”. It breaks every rule of intelligent commerce and marketing in the Apple book. It’s useless. So, okay… you get to listen to your iTunes tracks, and watch your iPhoto pictures, and even youtube on your HD tv, through the Apple TV.


it’s most important feature is shamelessly missing: video rental/purchase.

At least, when you live in The Netherlands, like I do.

When iTunes 8 was launched, it heralded iTunes’ wonderful feature to rent and purchase HD movies. But once again, this feature, with enormous amounts of my fellow Apple Mac / iPhone / iTunes users (and potential, if not current, Apple TV buyers/users) waiting for it,  is lacking in this country. EVERYONE I’ve spoken who uses iTunes (quite a lot I might add) have stated this is THE feature they are literally dying for.

Apple, where art thou Apple?

Update: since this post apple has released the Apple TV2 and it’s full-HD successor, and the video store in The Netherlands.

message to stockholders and financial analysts

I would like to issue the follow message to stockholders and financial analysts:

stop messing up the economy even more!

Okay, pause, take a deep breath, go out into the woods if you have some nearby, or a walk in the park. Enjoy some clean air, the company of friends. Clear your mind of all your troubles.

Think about it, this whole financial crisis started as nothing more then a little breeze. But all that panic behavior and ‘doing what the other guy is doing’ is making that little breeze into a storm that would make an F-5 tornado cower in fear.

So, look around, take a good look at your portfolio, and think about it…. do you really wish to cause your economy more harm then it has already suffered at that hands of analysts. Look at those shares in your hand, do you want to harm the company that you hold little pieces of? I didn’t think so.

Investing and playing in the stock market isn’t a ‘get rich quick’ thing, it requires insight, it requires knowledge. But most of all: it requires long term vision.

So, buy some more shares, those companies won’t go away, they won’t dissapear. Your money won’t vaporize (unless you invest into an obscure company like SCO). Have faith in the very economy you once helped built. So, yeah, the banks messed up with stupid mortgages. Won’t happen again. They have learned, we all have. Shame for those who are loosing their home, terrible shame even. But the world will continue to turn, as it always has. Sounds cold, but it’s true. Eventually those people will be able to buy houses again too.