MacVoices #23255: MacVoices Live! – Everyone Blames Everyone Else (2)

The discussion of other tech companies blaming Apple continues as Chuck JoinerDavid GinsburgBrian Flanigan-ArthursJim ReaEric BoldenWeb BixbyMark Fuccio, and Ben Roethig look at Apple’s pricing structure and its impact on developers, focusing on the 15% commission for those earning under a million dollars. Spotify is having some financial struggles but seem to be refusing to take responsibility. The conversation shifts to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s complaint about Bing’s inability to compete with Google. Bing is Windows’ default search engine, but Chrome is dominant. If Chrome were available on iOS,it would it have a significant impact? The panel also explores Apple’s involvement in advertising through deals with Yelp and TripAdvisor and speculate on their business strategy. (Part 2) 

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Show Notes:


0:02:31 Different rules for small business program and big developers
0:10:37 Renewal rates and different rules for large companies.
0:12:46 Apple’s preferred search engine and Microsoft’s competition efforts.
0:15:51 Microsoft’s Dominance and Imitation
0:17:40 Microsoft’s Low Browser Market Share
0:18:49 Microsoft’s Attempt to Capture the Web
0:20:13 Safari vs. Chrome: Compatibility and Feature Differences
0:20:36 Edge and Chrome: Best Browsers for Podcast Recording Services
0:21:46 The Threat to Open Web with IOS Devices
0:22:39 Exploring the Google-Microsoft Browser Standards Debate
0:23:31 Proposals and Majority Votes in Standard Committees
0:25:22 Google’s Advertising Business vs Apple’s Stance
0:27:04 Apple’s Development of In-House Search Engine
0:28:37 Apple’s revenue stream from Google’s advertising partnership
0:30:19 Apple’s need for a backup plan in case of Google’s aggression
0:32:04 Google’s willingness to pay Apple despite having their own OS
0:32:48 The Impact of Google’s Investment in Android


Spotify ‘unfairly held back’ by Google and Apple, CEO says

Apple/Google Deal Makes it Impossible for Bing to Compete in Search, Claims Microsoft CEO Nadella

Apple has a next-gen search engine called Pegasus, but don’t expect a Google Search competitor yet


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as a marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through Twitter, LinkedIn, or on Mastodon.

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Jim Rea built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.




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