The Apple iPhone was released last Friday and has already reportedly sold over 500,000 copies. We also heard last week that the device will even play YouTube videos! Wowee!
But there are already two major problems:
- iPhone users being forced to use itunes
- At&T possibly stopping YouTube videos due to copyright policy
Forced iTunes Accounts
To digress slightly, Steve Jobs is using the cunning form of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control on the iPhone.
Users won’t be able to use unless they first sign up with iTunes, whether or not they have any use for it.
AT&T Issues with YouTube?
It’s also compelling iPhoners to open AT&T accounts, whether they like it or not, and therein lies the problem.
The AT&T restriction policy clashes, “head-on with a proclamation by AT&T that the carrier would keep pirated films, music and other content off its network,” says Broadcast Engineering.
And, “Since AT&T is the exclusive network for iPhone service, the confusing messages left many scratching their heads,” says the story, continuing:
“Not only that, AT&T’s customer user agreement currently bans any streaming video over its network. ‘Unlimited plans cannot be used for uploading, downloading or streaming video content (e.g. movies, TV), music or games,’ AT&T’s agreement states.”
AT&T has yet to say whether it’ll changing the policy for the iPhone to accommodate Steve Jobs’ current marketing claims.
AT&T’s marriage with Apple was, “extremely controversial because major network providers traditionally route all content neutrally, without discriminating in favor or against a particular content or application,” says Broadcast Engineering.