Originally Posted by jragosta
Obviously, Apple thinks that the number of people wanting (and willing to pay for ) what you are requesting is not large enough to make it worthwhile. Until you can demonstrate that your abilities to succeed in this industry are greater than Apple's, JUST STOP THE WHINING.
You know, in numerous other threads we've been in complete agreement. But this is a sore point for me because, yes, I would personally like to upgrade my living room to Blu-ray at some point, and Apple has come so close
to offering One Box To Rule Them All. I simply cannot stand having a table top full of remotes - that is a gigantic design failure on behalf of the CE industry. I dislike cable clutter as much as any purist Apple product designer. I want in integrated software interface that deals with all mainstream
media types equally well.
What I don't agree with here is the post-facto rationalization that Apple has made the best product for this category. I'm an Apple user since 1984, and have owned probably three dozen Macs since then (including secondhand). But I don't think that every
product decision from Apple has been a success. The Apple TV is one such example, and while it might be partially the problem of the studios who have completely screwed content licensing, there's no reason that Apple couldn't have offered a model with a BD option. There's the short-lived Apple HiFi (anyone remember that one?) There's the missed opportunity with NetFlix for Mac OS where Microsoft grabbed the ring instead with SilverLight. There's the fact that the iPhone remote app doesn't control Front Row
, which seems like a pretty big oversight. There's Quicktime X putting the controls inside the window
, obscuring the image you're trying to watch.
So no, I don't agree that Apple knows what they're doing in the living room, which is a huge shame because, again, they are so close!
Meanwhile, the hated Microsoft, of all people, has probably sold more Xboxes and Media Servers (or whatever they're called) than Apple has sold Minis, Apple TVs, etc. combined. Do we really want to see Microsoft win the living room because of Apple's ideological hardware purity and botched efforts?
There's a lot to like from Apple. A tremendous amount, but I'm not in agreement that the new Mini is the best package that they could have offered, and certainly not for this price.