To readers of this blog, (who are almost exclusively Apple-fans), Wired editor Chris Anderson's argument in his new book, "Free," will probably not ring true. After all, when has Apple ever released a free product? (OK, so there's iTunes and Safari/Webkit, but they're the exceptions that prove the rule). Heck, Apple even charges for MobileMe.
It's this strange habit of producing killer products, and then having the temerity to charge top-tier prices for them, that in part inspired Wired to argue that "Apple got everything right by doing everything wrong."
Renowned writer and all-round polymath Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) waded into the debate with a somewhat challenging review in The New Yorker. This, in turn, prompted a "friendly" response from Anderson.
I've just finished reading Free, and whilst it's a great read, I do see Gladwell's point. So, for kicks, I posted a parody on my other blog, Secondomics.com, entitled "How can buses be free?"