Anyone else feel like the two big Apple software updates this week, iTunes 9 and iPhone 3.1, are more about building platforms to encourage users to spend more money through Apple than they are about genuinely useful tools? I don’t expect any company to make products that don’t encourage users (or advertisers) to give them money, but the current updates “feel” wrong.

The company appears to be shifting its focus. They used to be known for creating tools & platforms that are similar to but better than their competitors. Now, they’re instead concentrating on putting systems for ongoing, small-scale revenue-generation into the pockets of their user-base. I find this ugly, uncomfortable and a let-down. I tried hard to disbelieve Jascon Calcani, but iTunes 9 and iPhone 3.1 seem only to reinforce his message.