Apple borrows a page from the Microsoft playbook

Way back in the 1990′s Microsoft came under fire for tying its Internet Explorer browser to its operating system. There was no way to do certain things without having IE installed. It caused consternation, lawsuits and much gnashing of teeth.

Today I tried visiting the iTunes Store on my MacBook to subscribe to a podcast. I was told I couldn’t until I upgraded Safari–Apple’s own browser. Huh? That reeks of Microsoftian behavior. I mean, I understand it on one level, as the iTunes Store is completely Web-based and all, but it still smacks of the shoe being on the other foot. And it’s a smelly shoe at that.