Excerpt from a perspective on the Apple/Google dilemma for publishers
But in trying to discern just how much leverage Apple has over their future, publishers may be looking at the wrong monopoly. Of all Apple’s creations, the iTunes and App Stores may be the most amazing. That shimmering retail environment, home to more than 100 million credit cards freely given, is the only place on the planet that has shown an ability to separate consumers from their money for digital media. Yes, Google is offering content transactions with a single identity, but building an open commercial ecosystem for content is a pretty tall older.