Should Apple Open Up?

Sticking to its proprietary approach has succeeded wildly, at least in digital music. Even in computers, Steve Jobs's strategy has its advantages

Throughout Apple Computer's (AAPL) history, debates have raged over its refusal to share its technology. Fans say a go-it-alone strategy lets Apple keep cranking out high-quality, innovative products that merit a premium. Detractors consider Apple wares overpriced and say it should open up its code, letting partners create products based on Apple technology -- the way Microsoft's (MSFT) PC allies back Windows.

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