I say this as an Apple user and a fan of both their hardware and tech. But I have always been frustrated by their lack of openness and interoperability. There are good design and functionality excuses, but the document Bott posted really gets to the heart of Jobs vision:
Speaking of war and information ecology there is another amazing statement in the emails that is sure to go viral:
What relevance does this have for librarians? Not much, because as a competitive species in the information ecosystem we barely register on the edge of these apex predators. Publishers and Hollywood don't like us, because we may cost them a few million dollars in revenue each year, but even they are more interested in the bigger threats. The problem for us is that no matter who wins we lose, because they all want what Jobs explicitly identified: complete control. It's an old story, monopolize the market and increase profit through control rather than building a better and more desirable widget. But librarians can carve out a nice niche in the ecosystem if we act before the battle is over. Mid-level content producers have been left out in the cold with no market and little support. We just have to develop a workable model. More on this over the next few years.