Mark Zuckerberg vs. Tim Cook: Apple products should be cheaper

Mark Zuckerberg vs. Tim Cook: Apple products should be cheaperThis one will inevitably set our Jan off on a massive rant, but needless to say, feel free to pitch in with your own two cents below.

As Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to take pot shots about privacy and whatnot, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has hit back, suggesting that if Apple were really some sort of People’s Champion, its products would be cheaper. Ouch.

Cook has made several comments over the past few months, including “we’re not in the business of collecting your data” at the launch of Apple Pay in September.

More recently, Cook has suggested: "When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product,” adding that consumers "have a right to be worried.”

Clearly that logic applies to the likes of Google’s Gmail and Zuckerberg’s Facebook with their targeted advertising.

Speaking to Time, Zuckerberg explains: “A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers.

“I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!”

If I can play devil’s advocate for a moment, all companies are – at the end of the day – out to make as much money as they can, from anyone they can, however they can, so long as it doesn't adversely affect making even more money in the long-term.

If Apple could get away with selling the iPhone for £10,000 a pop, it would. If Facebook could get away with filling the site with 50% - hell, 99% - adverts, it would - let's not be naive here. You only have to look at the Facebook app to see that the endgame isn't user-friendliness.

Over to you, Jan.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2014 at 15:29

Scum! He doesn't deserve 'air time'! Do not legitimize corporate psychopaths and their BS!

But whatever, right? LIKE?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2014 at 15:37

PS: the guy made BILLIONS from NOTHING! Oh, wait - people's privacy. People's insecurities.
People's unrealistic expectations in a f*cked up world. He produces zilch. [mod edit: um... %$£@*&^% *&^?><{&]|* $%^H^&((((*[email protected]£%^& .....the Green Zone. I don't know why :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2014 at 15:38

...well, you asked for it :D

Just kidding. He's a cool dude.So cool. Must be, cause Fincher made a movie about him, right?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2014 at 16:17

Okay - a more serious reply that I stole from Softpedia's Filip Truta

One problem with Zuckerberg’s answer to Tim Cook’s open letter from September is that he shouldn’t have even bothered answering it. First of all, Cook said nothing about Facebook in there, nor did he target social networking per se. If anything Cook was defending Apple’s data collecting practices in contrast with Google’s.

Second of all, Facebook’s business model is fundamentally different from Apple’s. There’s no comparison to be made here. A “frustration” is all there is, really. Zuckerberg has basically answered his own question.

Third, subjectivity doesn’t even cut it when it comes to Apple’s prices. Apple’s products are, by all accounts, expensive. Whether or not those prices are justified has nothing to do with the fact that Facebook monetizes people’s private lives. There’s no argument to be made here, plain and simple.

If anything, Zuckerberg should have stated Facebook’s intentions in the same way Cook did for Apple: “Our business model is very straightforward.”

SpeedyG  Dec. 7, 2014 at 00:06

Eurgh Cook and Zuckerburg are such non entities compared to old school CEOs and ITand tech head honchos. I miss Jobs dammit. :'(

I'll remember him by laughing it up with a ERB Jobs vs Gates video. :D

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 7, 2014 at 00:12

Zuck's a psychopath. I'm absolutely convinced of that. And I'm sure Bob Hare would agree.


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