>You’re right, the music is DRM free. But, from what I understand, synching iTunes with Android isn’t the simplest thing in the world.

So copy your mp3 files, which are stored on your hard drive, out of iTunes and use whatever music management software you want to with your Android device. What’s the big deal? Your argument seems to be more along the lines of “I want to use iTunes”, not “my content is locked down.”

>If all you podcast subscriptions are tied into iTunes, that also means you can’t leave that platform.

That’s a nonsensical argument. Firstly, downloaded podcasts are stored, yes you guessed it, as audio files on your hard drive, just like your music collection. You can copy them, covert them to another format, or do whatever you want with them.

It’s hardly difficult after that just to re-subscribe to whatever podcasts you listen to in some other podcast management application. 10 minutes work at most for the majority of people.

>After all, they shuttered their Mobile Me service with barely any warning

No, they didn’t. They gave *months* of warning. And no paying customers lost data. Mobile me customers were given a long time to move their data elsewhere. No one paid for any time that they didn’t receive, and they even gave larger allocations of storage on their new free icloud service to former mobile me users.

Really, I have no great love for Apple, or some of their business practices, but, with respect, your arguments are more a product of poor research and ignorance of the subject than any identifiable problem.