Okay, now I want to have an actual discussion about this. Seems interesting.
So Windows 8 finally uses EFI. Heck yes.
That would explain the boot times, I'd imagine, and kudos to them for that. They still have the Registry, so more work needs done.
Shutdown time remains hilarious. Snow Leopard wowed me and Lion just keeps on doing it.
As for iTunes, everyone knows the Windows iTunes is horrible. We really need a 64-bit Mac iTunes XI and an optimized Windows iTunes XI before we can do real tests there. It's probable that Windows will rip discs faster; they should have just done an OS rip instead of in iTunes.
The benches make sense, too. It's good to see Windows beating out OS X in some areas (though you have to admit the last test is completely biased), because 8 is a pared-down version of earlier releases (think Microsoft's Snow Leopard) and Lion was a feature-adder. This just gives Apple more incentive to further shorten boot times and kick up performance in 10.8.