A new kind of partner

While speaking with a writer from Business Week the other day, a thought occurred to me: the App Store radically changes the quantity and quality of Apple’s partners.

With the iTunes Store, Apple has partnered with a handful of media companies for recordings and video. And those partners are deathly afraid of online distribution. Developers, on the other hand, will number in the thousands (or much more.) We also embrace online distribution wholeheartedly.

We will ask for things a media company would never even consider. Expect there to be a learning curve for both parties involved in this endeavor.

Update: Daniel Jalkut points out that we have our own fears.