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  • I don't understand why so many people think it is a "good thing" that the EU will force microsoft to remove WMP. It is a good thing that consumers will get less for their money? that they will have to go out and get a media player instead of the easy path? I have several installed on my system because I test different software compatibilities -- and I have to be honest, I really don't like Real. I don't like their nagging "buy me" windows; I don't like how they confuse people into getting the for pay version; I really don't like the Real One and their for pay streams.

    It seems really odd -- Ford can put a radio in your car, even though there are dozens of manufactures and thousands of businesses that will do it for you. Should we petition to force Ford to quit putting in radios? It just seems stupid.
    • I agree that Real have shot themselves in the foot, with various underhand and annoying antics. They do deserve a slap in the face for that, and they will either learn or go bust.

      Microsoft's bundling of their media player is quite different from a manufacturer installing a radio in a car and selling it to you. First off you don't need a special "Ford" tuner to listen to special "Ford" radio stations, that other radios are unable to tune to. Second, "Ford" don't produce a new radio that can't be retrofitte

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    • mo·nop·o·ly Audio pronunciation of monopoly ( P ) Pronunciation Key (m-np-l)
      n. pl. mo·nop·o·lies

            1. Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service: “Monopoly frequently... arises from government support or from collusive agreements among individuals” (Milton Friedman).
            2. Law. A right granted by a government giving exclusive control over a specified commercial activity to a si
      • I don't care what the dictionary says, Microsoft has been convicted in a court of law of breaking various anti-monopoly laws. These laws are there to prevent and regulate monopolies. Okay the punishment was a joke, but they were still convicted.

        Last time I looked in a shop, I could have any PC I wanted as long as it had Microsoft Windows on. Most users, most of the time have no choice, you get Windows or Windows. I know you can buy another kind of computer, and Mac seems to be be doing well for a change,

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