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Apple is to high-end what Amazon is to big box

October 3, 2011

Good read, here’s the money quote:

Amazon obliterates the brands that stand between the consumer and the content; Apple steps back and relies on the app makers to build an audience and drive sales of its devices. So far, the only misstep Apple has made as a “landlord” has been to try and charge too high a rent and drive some of its anchor tenants away (e.g., the Financial Times and Amazon.)

My only nit is that in both examples, the content owner is disintermediated, not just in the Amazon example. I say that because all purchases must go through Apple/Amazon for the higher goals of making each of those ecosystems easier to use and more profitable.


via Apple Is the Luxury Mall of Media, Amazon Its Wal-Mart | The Big Picture.

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