Originally Posted by columbus
Could the fact that iPod and iPhone work better with the Macintosh be something to do with the fact that iTunes for Windows almost universally loathed?
I keep seeing this shibboleth put forth on forums, but it's always stated as a third person fact - never by someone saying his or her own iTunes experience on Win is notably inferior because of A, B and C.
And given that something like 70% of iTunes users are Win iTunes users year after year, why would so many people - with millions more added every year - voluntarily opt to use and keep using a program they all ("universally") loathe?
Either back this up (evidence of mass loathing or at least specific reasons to diss the Win flavor of IT) or fold your cards and quit running an empty truism.
iTunes for Win is what convinced me to buy my first Mac, I use it on both and other than a few settings diffs, I'm hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Originally Posted by Zoolook
This is recommended for any OS upgrade - going from Tiger to Snow Leopard, it is recommended to do the same thing.
There's a kind of schizophrenia about the users of Win and OSX as to which are the gearheads and which are the ones who can't plug in a USB cable - when in fact there are plenty of both on both platforms - if for different reasons.
Noobs with cash who will use it enough to get their money's worth and who especially know someone who groks Macs - and right-brained creatives who are bright but technophobic - are clearly advised to get a Mac. But in the real world that - especially the $$ and regular use parts - excludes many.
On the geek side the choice comes down to intended uses, programs of interest, and what kind of geek you are. It actually took me two years to become fully comfortable on the Mac side in terms of trouble shooting, configuration and understanding the whole UI metaphor differences and there are things I can troubleshoot on Win that still elude me on my and friends' Macs (and lately, now that I'm a Mac vet, vice-versa).
So it's not nearly as clear as some imply as to which strokes best need the needs and means and predilections of different folks.
Originally Posted by Postulant
Yep. I don't mind the ads as long as Apple continues to differentiate its OS through innovative technologies rather than through catchy commercials that play on perceived
Hopefully Windows 7 lives up to the hype.
Comparable to superior tech can be out-marketed or "out-consortiumed" - e.g. VHS v BetaMax (Sony loses) or HD-DVD v BluRay (Sony actually wins one for a change).
Proprietary tech can sink (again Sony's Memory Stick and Atrac media format) or soar - e.g., iPods and iPhones and OSX finally taking off around the time of Tiger.
Superior tech can fail or be marginalized - e.g., DOS v DR-DOS, WordPerfect v Word - and even with buzz - e.g. Mac OS v Windows.
But now Apple's had both superior tech, support and amazing press and mind share for awhile. And they do sell a fair amount of sizzle not backed up by steak, e.g. their memory upgrade prices, offering only a whole replace of an overpriced power brick when only one removable
AC plug tang is damaged, etc.
If they ever do start resting on their laurels from this enviable perch, it might take awhile for the world to realize it, but in the long run vision, deep R&D, creativity, innovation, growing and effective ISV and other partners systems and customer focus are more important than all the marketing and Apple Stores in the world.