In what’s being spun as Google taking control of its mobile operating system, the company has allegedly put carriers and manufacturers on notice: no more screwing with the Android experience. If you do, you stand to be cut out of “most favored nation” status, which may lead to delays in Android updates (hard to imagine that getting worse) or possible exclusion from Android’s early-access program entirely, a dick move that would essentially render an Android device (more) DOA in a market where product turns over every month. Because the rhetoric seemed to work so well for Apple – even though its the antithesis of the “open source” talking point Andy Rubin has been chatting up – the move is designed to protect consumers against fragmentation. But Android is all about “open”. Unless you’re a tablet maker. Or a phone maker/carrier who doesn’t play ball by Mountain View’s rules.
TMA has already given his stamp of approval on Amazon’s move to provide free/cheap cloud storage for music (and other things). Turns out the music labels were a little miffed at the move, being that Amazon neglected to negotiate any kind of deal with them to do it. Sony seems most overtly pissed, but you can assume that in an industry that kicks and screams anytime someone wants to monkey with their definition of ownership, that’s how all the labels are feeling. TMA shares the opinion of a lot of technorati: this issue of media ownership needs to be tucked in for a dirt nap now. Amazon’s got the legal firepower to bring the issue to a head if the labels want to go to the courts with it.
TMA’s advice to the labels? Keep using your RIAA scumbags to hunt down file-sharing individuals who don’t possess the resources to bury you…errrr…I mean…Lawyer up and fight that evil Amazon! Yeah!