If Apple "was not losing anything with this arrangement" they would have done this since the beginning. The fact is Apple's business model turns all around it's illegal anticompetitive practices.
I'm stating Apple is not incurring any direct loss of revenue from allowing other devices to connect to iTunes. You can make a case for an indirect loss of revenue from the hardware but that would not be a sufficent arguement for locking out other hardware at an anti-competitive practices investigation.
1. Main reason Apple can sell so many ipods is because of the itunes lock-in on "legal" music consumers that have to sign with their blood to use apple products forever in the future.
This would be addressed if Apple allowed any device to connect to iTunes legally.
2. Main reason Apple can sell so many iphones is because they have exclusive distribution agreements with the biggest carriers, they lock more than 90% of iphone consumers into buying Apple's iphone forever in the future with their blood as well. (no Google Voice number portability tolerated)
As far as I'm aware theres no unusual lock-in for the iPhone in Canada beyond the origional contract. All cell phone hardware is carrier locked to start with in Canada and multiyear contracts are pretty much the norm.
3. Main reason Apple can sell so many high end notebooks, is because Apple has the sole monopoly on selling hardware that can run their proprietary OS and a bunch of professional grade applications are available mostly only on their platform.
This is perfectly legal. Probably stupid and why Microsoft over took Apple in the OS market, but completely legal.
Fact is Apple doesn't want to loose their monopolies on these product segments and it should be Archos and Palm's priority to totally disrupt and destroy Apple's market domination through monopolistic behavior. Disrupting Apple's monopoly can be done by putting public attention and public pressure on the matter. Archos has to demand the unlocking of the ipod/itunes/iphone monopoly, force Apple to authorise VOIP applications on the app store, and force Apple to authorize reasonably priced Hackintosh licencing to third party hardware providers.
I generally define a monopoly as having more then 80% of the total market share of a segment. Right now the only market segment Apple has that kind of lead in would be digital music distribution (iTunes). They definately do no have the monopoly in the OS or laptop market. Their market share in the smartphone market is definately not hit monopoly status either. MP3 players probably are close to a monopoly but I don't think its gone quite that far yet, theres still a lot of competition in that segment.
Archos just has to state the obvious and protect its own interests and opportunities on the market, and consumers will back them up. The global hatred against Apple is intensifying, now is the moment for Archos to give Apple the final knock-out blow, disrupt their monopolies.
Microsoft or Sony maybe, but how exactly is Archos going to do this? Archos is tiny compared to Apple, hell Archos is tiny compared to most of the big industry players. They wouldn't have the resources to even develop products across half the line Apple covers. While theres definately an anti-apple movement out there I don't get the impression its rallying behind Archos. My own personal experience with Archos has been unpleasent to say the least.