How Apple is like an Eagles song (music video)

An old lyric takes on a different meaning with new subscription models in the wings.

From Will Gomez’ “Join Apple’s Ecosystem And Pay Forever,” posted Friday on Mac360:

Yes, you can wander through any of earth’s deserts, but you do so with a greater degree of risk than members of Apple’s ecosystem. Of course, membership has its privileges, but it also has a price tag that is not at all unlike Hotel California.

“Relax,” said the night man
“We are programmed to receive,
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave!”

What’s the price of living in Apple’s ecosystem? Loyalty and money. What do you get in return? Good products (usually) that work well together (mostly), and the understanding that life is worse elsewhere, and you’re better off if you never leave.

My take: One of my favorites.

apple ecosystem hotel california

Click for live at the Forum, Inglewood, Ca, 4th March 1980.

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  1. victor castroll said:
    glenn frey just vomited all over himself in his grave. i did too…

    March 22, 2019
    • Mark Visnic said:
      Upset that you’re short obviously didn’t work out as you expected? Dude, take a chill pill and relax. The share price will be higher in a year and higher still in two. Nothing you write here will change that.

      March 23, 2019
  2. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    How did I know this would be the referenced lyric from the post’s lead-in? Hotel California, even with its laments, was an enticing 70’s siren for the Golden State. For those of us who eventually made the migration, there are some but only a few complaints.

    I became an Apple product enthusiast just a few years before taking up residence in Hotel California. Somehow it all fits well together. Maybe there might be a better place, but I have no need to make the search and no desire to go there.

    March 22, 2019
  3. Fred Stein said:
    Joining Joseph, decrying the “walled garden” meme.

    As well the article says “$300 more that a Samsung… on sale”. I done many price comparisons of Apple”s so called premium products and found virtually no difference. Comparisons range from the Pixel when first announced which was feature for feature and penny for penny the same as Apple, to a comparison to Dell servers about 5 years ago, and to Sony when they released their first competitor to MacBook Air. No premium for Apple.

    Where folks get this ‘premium’ wrong is that clone products will always go on sale to clear out inventory or for a market share grab. As well, clone makers can always use obsolete or lower quality parts to produce much cheaper products. Even that low-end market is matched by used Apple products.

    OK – I will admit, Apple does charge a premium for storage upgrades. Even then, the extra price extends the useful life by 20%.

    March 22, 2019
  4. Jerry W Doyle said:
    You can’t run from the “walled garden” meme. There is a reason the Apple meme survives. Steve addressed the integrated approach as a matter of righteousness saying, “…We do these things not because we are control freaks, … we do them because we want to make great products, because we care about the user and because we like to take responsibility for the entire experience rather than turn out the crap that other people make.”

    People lives are crowded. People are inundated with a multiplicity of things to do daily and Apple is there to offer this new service, this new consumer experience giving the user ease and more enriched engagement, eliminating options so the user can focus on the simplicity of honing into a garden arrayed with purity of content management. Of course, Monday it is not focus on hardware. Monday is focused instead on “services,” to enrich the users’ lives and target saving a floundering news print industry in the state of collapsing.

    March 22, 2019

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