Apple Backs Down from ‘App Store’ Trademark
If you are like the majority of musicians out there who use a variety of different types of gear in your system – you are probably keen to the idea that some devices are more proprietary than others. I mean, just take a quick look at your computers, your televisions, your phones and your cameras. Some of them actually share cables. In fact, USB cables might come with a variety of different connection sizes – but they ultimately all do the same things when only a slight modification. HDMI cables are even used in sound systems and computer monitors. Apple is one of the worst offenders who challenges this way of thinking.
Their plugs and cables only fit their products. And just like their actually products, their slogans and catchphrases are all uniquely theirs. The “I” in front of their products is something that few would dare to challenge or replicate. So, Apple has their lightening cable, their 30-pin connector, and they have their own “appstore”. Does Apple have a right to that phrase? Are other companies allowed to call their programs “apps” – or does this infringe upon some serious copyright or intellectual property law? Apple has decided to leave this one alone, for a change.