In a transcript from his radio program, conservative/libertarian talk radio host and longtime Apple-user and fan answers this listener query:
“What made you fall in love with Apple products?… Because everything I’ve seen, it’s such a restrictive corporation. The apps need to be approved. You can’t even write an app without a Mac. I can’t stream an AVI to my Apple TV. It’s just so restrictive. And as the freedom-loving man that I know you are, why?”
“This is actually a really, really good question. And what he’s talking about being ‘restrictive,’ is software developers with the new operating system for computers, for the Macs, Mountain Lion. You don’t get your app in the App Store unless it’s “sandboxed,” which means… ‘Restrictive’ is the word. The best way to explain it is that it can’t access the data in any other app and very little of the operating system itself. Apple is doing this for security reasons…. They’re not running the company for the geeks and the nerds anymore. They’re not running the company for the power users and the power writers…..
The reason I like it is I learned on Mac…. I had a Blackberry once, and I could not keep it in sync. There was an app to keep it in sync with my Mac from my address book and phone numbers and all that. It just didn’t work. The primary reason I couldn’t wait for the iPad is so that I would have a remote device, a hand-held device that had all the stuff on my computer on it that I needed and kept in sync automatically. I think one of the greatest things around is iCloud… the primary reason people buy iPhones is because of trust in the Apple brand and design…. Apple wouldn’t let me in the door if I went out there. We tried for years to get them as advertisers; they wouldn’t talk to us…. Politically they have nothing in common with me, and your question is very valid. ‘Why in the world would you want to tout people that have no desire to do anything with you?’ It’s just the stuff works. I think it’s state-of-the-art. I think it’s the best out there for what I need to do. Their stuff has facilitated my productivity like nothing else has…. If I weren’t doing what I’m doing, I’d try to figure out a way to get involved in this stuff. I’d love to be an adviser and, tell them how they need to innovate – for me. Selfishly. I understand a lot of people, “Rush, these people politically, they probably despise you.”… For this, it doesn’t matter, I set it aside. I just have found that it’s fun. I’m one of these people, I’m on the edge of my chair when we get close to the release of a new product, a phone or an iPad. Apple stuff is my Christmas morning. That’s cool. I like being able to have that feeling at age 62.
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