.Me: Apple's Missing Link

Jun. 02, 2008 10:59 AM ETApple Inc. (AAPL)15 Comments
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This post has been brewing for a while, since I was inspired to connect-the-dots by Owen Frager's original post on Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) use of the .Mac web publishing and email platform to dominate the lives of the first-ever Digital Generation.

I have been hesitant to post this information, as it paints a fairly dire picture for the hundreds of industries that Apple's digital convergence platform is set to disrupt. We are no doubt on the cusp of a monumental shift in the way we use the internet, and the effects of this shift will lead to unprecedented change, both in the marketplace, and in life as we know it.

Hundreds of large manufacturers, software companies and publishers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), Nokia (NOK), Samsung, HP (HPQ), Toshiba (OTCPK:TOSBF), Time Warner (TWX), Fox (NWS) and RIM (RIMM) will soon feel the pressure of Apple's increasing dominance of our digital lives. Tens of thousands of other digital service providers including web developers & web hosts, ISPs, graphic designers, tech support providers and printers will soon find that Apple's seamless iLife publishing/ management/ browsing platform makes it easier, cheaper and more efficient to get a job done than to use their services.

But now that the cat is out of the bag on the final thread needed to sew Apple's plans together, it's almost impossible not to connect the dots (especially for any rightfully-paranoid digital entreprener like myself), and I don't see much point in delaying the inevitable. I have as much at stake as anyone, as I'm in the web hosting and development business myself.

Laying the Groundwork Since 1976

What began with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's vision of an easy to use computer is finally approaching its ultimate realization in the form of Apple's end-to-end platform that includes

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