Me too. What I meant was that it seems Apple is on a mission against people like us, even though I believe we are more than just a minor part of the market, and indeed help to drive the market since what we buy is often influential to what our friends, family, and businesss associates buy.
I have little doubt that in order to be on the--apparently short--list of approved developers you wouldn't be able to write nearly any of the third-party apps we have now. No way they would allows, SendSong, SwapTunes--heck probably not even Mobile Finder.
Moreover, with the iPod touch now jailbroken who knows what kind of apps will be availble come January (and who knows how how long apple-blessed apps will take to show up after that announcement).
This doesn't mean I don't think this is a bad thing (Apple finally allowing third-party apps). I just fear it will be too little, too late. We shall see...
Giving access to the SDK to only monolithic developers like Google and EA really is a load of crap!
They need to give access to ALL DEVELOPERS, big and small (even the guy sitting in his underwear at his desk in his living room), and then have a system whereby a developer submits his app to Apple for approval. Once approved, that app is put on iTunes for purchase, payment and download by anyone who wants it.
It's so simple, it's almost sick, and everyone is happy.