I understand where you are coming from, and I do agree about Apple ripping people off when it comes to iTunes, but people don't buy Apple products purely due to mass hysteria.
I bought an iPhone because I tested ALL of the alternatives and found the functionality to be too complicated, clunky, the product to be too inconvenient to carry, the ease of use just non-existent, and don't even get me started on how much Android phones (and their advocates) annoy me.
Whether the technology is cobbled together, and whether it is as safe as other technology, is irrelevant to me. My iPhone is the best product I could find for what I needed it for. I don't really care about performance of my amplifier as I'm half deaf in one ear and will never hear ANY music to 100% of it's quality anyway. Also, I've charged my phone well over 1000 times, I have no issues with the battery. Any issues I ever get with it are always rectified with an update, and if I have a solution to a problem on my iPhone, I can send it to Apple and they actually take the issue and my solution into consideration when creating updates. I have NEVER had that option with a non-Apple created product.
Also, Linkin Park don't have a lot of staff. I know that because many of them visit this site, and I've met most of the rest at concerts when I was working for MFR (wait for it). They hire NING to support and create their websites because they don't have dedicated staff to do it themselves.
MFR, Music For Relief, is a website and organisation, created and funded originally by Linkin Park, where you are able to pay to download music directly, and all the proceeds go to the charity. There are many other bands involved in MFR, and they have created a massive impact on Haiti, and now Japan. Linkin Park spent a lot of time and effort getting MFR up and running and if that site is not a group of musicians coming together to create a not-for-profit, artist-cooperative website, I'd like to know what the hell is. So what you are suggesting they create already exists. You should have done your homework.
Whether Steve Jobs is an honourable business person or not has nothing to do with how LP choose to distribute their music anyway. They use iTunes as well as MFR because much of their fanbase uses iTunes, they are acquiescing to popular demand, which is what any band or artist in their position would do, in order to make their fan base larger. They are in the business of creating and distributing art, not creating online product revolutions.
Apple bashing is a common practice on the internet, if you don't like the products, don't buy them, but please don't presume you are the only person with any knowledge of their impact. We're not all just stupid sheep who buy products because TV says to, many people, like myself, just prefer the functionality, appearance, weight and ease-of-use of the products.
Making a rich guy richer is not a concern for most of us. If you want a different, better product, make one. Griping about the ones that exist is just a non-point.
J'detest 'iAnything!' I agree about any negative comments or press regarding any iProduct.
Personally I avoid any over advertised, over hyped and over priced products.
We recently had the media inform us that iPhones have tracking devices in them and that all the information is stored and can be easily accessed from the phone with a Laptop or PC.
Cue all adulterers all over the UK saying 'S***!' Hahaha :p
Sorry back to the topic...
Kathy, My points exactly and, it looks like you know more about this than I do, "advancement and recoupment"! Yes, several semi-big artists like Lyle Lovett and Courtney Love are on the public record, saying that they have never received a penny in royalties despite selling a couple million CDs per release due to the record companies' charging everything (including payola) against their royalties. But at least the record companies have some legitimate expenses they can charge: recording-studio time, recording engineer's time, producer, studio musicians, stamping out physical CDs and trucking them to stores, paying off radio-station chains, etc. etc. Apple and its ilk have virtually NO expenses at all. It costs virtually nothing to host, ship, and handle payments for content, digitally. With the World Wide Web, the record companies and ruthless bloodsuckers like Steve Job are no longer the gatekeepers simply because there are no gates any more. ASCAP and BMI, who currently collect royalties for artists and composers in the US, are non-profit co-ops started by artists themselves in the past, I believe. So there is ample precedent for artists' forming co-ops to protect themselves from the rat-b******s who infest the music and club fields. So I just don't understand why those artists and composers, who are not (a) alcoholics and/or (b) drug-addled hedonists, don't get together and hire some flunkies to put up their own aggregator site for all artists, around the world, to post their content. The only BAT (Business Administration Technology) problem with this plan that I can envision is that stringent steps will have to be taken to keep one "artist" from uploading another artist's copyrighted material as his or her own creation. But I think something like the "acoustic fingerprints" that some MP3 "tag" databases use should solve that problem with a little clever programming by someone who actually knows something (most programmers do not know anything about anything, including, surprisingly, math!).