Why IndyRadio doesn't play on iThings

Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation does a great job of explaining why IndyRadio won't  play on iTunes. It's social, political, and economic: the technical problems are secondary. I'm much more likely to play in Peoria. In the true spirit of the "Creative Commons", Dr. Stallman allows the following to be  republished verbatim, so here's all of it.


Why you should not buy Apple computer products.

Apple iThings pioneered a new level of restricting the users: they were the first general purpose computers to impose censorship over what programs the user can install. Apple practices Digital Restrictions Management in many other ways too.

  • Apple exploits the app developers mercilessly, aside from a few stars whose role is to give a misleading impression of what developers can expect.

    I can't sympathize much with those app developers, since they are making proprietary software. They all deserve to fail. However, that doesn't excuse the way Apple treats them.

  • Apple is a major patent aggressor. Here's a rather absurd patent that Apple will surely use against other mobile computers. This joins many other patents which Apple is already using to attack free software.
  • Ebooks with DRM won't work on an iThing that is jailbroken, due to intentional sabotage by Apple.

    E-books with digital handcuffs are products designed to attack your freedom, much like the iThing itself.

  • Apple practices censorship. Here are a few examples.

    Repeated acts of censorship are not the only reason to condemn iTunes. We should refuse to buy from iTunes because it requires nonfree software, imposes licenses more restrictive than copyright law, and often imposes DRM.

  • Apple spies on its users, and helps others spy on them.
    • If you carry a cell phone, it tells Big Brother where you are. Apple wants to hand out the information too.

      Using the lever of "You have a choice, but unless you say yes, your old activities will stop working" is something that Apple has done before, with malicious "upgrades". Apple ostensibly doesn't force people to accept the new nasty thing; it just punishes them if they don't.

    • Apple left a security hole in iTunes unfixed for 3 years after being informed about the problem. During that time, governments used that security hole to invade people's computers.
  • Apple persists in disregarding the widespread blatant abuse of the workers that build its products.
  • Apple turns a blind eye to environment in China.

    Although Apple has joined EPEAT again, it does not cover the iThings — only the Macintosh.

  • Apple practices planned obsolescence for the iBad — in just two years.
  • Apple pioneered techniques for avoiding the US corporate tax (even though it is far too low) in order to pay next to no tax.

    The loopholes that Apple uses would be closed, if not for the political power of business. "Free trade" treaties give business increased power to block such changes, so we must abolish them to break business's power.

  • Apple store staff are taught twisted psychological manipulation.

    The mere practice of referring to service staff as "geniuses" is dishonest already.

  • Apple lures people into the business of developing apps with visions of the great wealth that a few of them get. Most just fail, often losing a substantial investment.

    Anyone who intentionally develops proprietary software (i.e., does not respect users' freedom) deserves no sympathy, but that doesn't excuse Apple for luring people into it. Some of them would not have tried to develop proprietary software if not for Apple.

Copyright (c) 2012 Richard Stallman Verbatim copying and redistribution of this entire page are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Apple iThings pioneered a new level of restricting the users: they were the first general purpose computers to impose censorship over what programs the user can install. Apple practices Digital Restrictions Management in many other ways too.

  • Apple exploits the app developers mercilessly, aside from a few stars whose role is to give a misleading impression of what developers can expect.

    I can't sympathize much with those app developers, since they are making proprietary software. They all deserve to fail. However, that doesn't excuse the way Apple treats them.

  • Apple is a major patent aggressor. Here's a rather absurd patent that Apple will surely use against other mobile computers. This joins many other patents which Apple is already using to attack free software.
  • Ebooks with DRM won't work on an iThing that is jailbroken, due to intentional sabotage by Apple.

    E-books with digital handcuffs are products designed to attack your freedom, much like the iThing itself.

  • Apple practices censorship. Here are a few examples.

    Repeated acts of censorship are not the only reason to condemn iTunes. We should refuse to buy from iTunes because it requires nonfree software, imposes licenses more restrictive than copyright law, and often imposes DRM.

  • Apple spies on its users, and helps others spy on them.
    • If you carry a cell phone, it tells Big Brother where you are. Apple wants to hand out the information too.

      Using the lever of "You have a choice, but unless you say yes, your old activities will stop working" is something that Apple has done before, with malicious "upgrades". Apple ostensibly doesn't force people to accept the new nasty thing; it just punishes them if they don't.

    • Apple left a security hole in iTunes unfixed for 3 years after being informed about the problem. During that time, governments used that security hole to invade people's computers.
  • Apple persists in disregarding the widespread blatant abuse of the workers that build its products.
  • Apple turns a blind eye to environment in China.

    Although Apple has joined EPEAT again, it does not cover the iThings — only the Macintosh.

  • Apple practices planned obsolescence for the iBad — in just two years.
  • Apple pioneered techniques for avoiding the US corporate tax (even though it is far too low) in order to pay next to no tax.

    The loopholes that Apple uses would be closed, if not for the political power of business. "Free trade" treaties give business increased power to block such changes, so we must abolish them to break business's power.

  • Apple store staff are taught twisted psychological manipulation.

    The mere practice of referring to service staff as "geniuses" is dishonest already.

  • Apple lures people into the business of developing apps with visions of the great wealth that a few of them get. Most just fail, often losing a substantial investment.

    Anyone who intentionally develops proprietary software (i.e., does not respect users' freedom) deserves no sympathy, but that doesn't excuse Apple for luring people into it. Some of them would not have tried to develop proprietary software if not for Apple.

Copyright (c) 2012 Richard Stallman Verbatim copying and redistribution of this entire page are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

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