Dissatisfied Mac specialists from coast to coast in the U.S. are “losing business to the growing number of Apple retail stores, losing influence with Apple itself and feeling a little left out in the cold,” according to a VAR Business article as noted at MacSurfer. Among the problems, per the story: Apple-authorized resellers not being able to service iPods; Apple’s recent decision to eliminate “a dozen or so people” assigned to work with Apple specialists; and uncertainty of the company’s plan for third parties.