snief: What's your problem? Do you not understand?
iLife is the name given to a $49 application package which includes iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, iTunes 3 and iDVD 3. iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes are all available for free download, and the versions in iLife are the exact same as the downloadable versions. It's just there for dial up users who don't want to download 150+ MB of iApps, or for people who want a hard copy of the iApps so they can easily move them from computer to computer.
iDVD has always been a paid upgrade because a) it required a CD to be shipped to you, it's too big and b) Apple has to pay royalties to some DVD consortium or forum to use their MPEG-2 encoder. That's it. So basically, Apple would have sent it to you for free if not for the unavoidable fees involved.
I dare anyone here to find equivalent Windows applications for the iApps. An MP3 encoder/playlist manager as good as iTunes, for free. A digital camera and picture mangement program that can also make slideshows from your music library that is automatically integrated with it. A nearly professional-quality moviemaking package. Can you find all those for Windows, for free? I bet you couldn't even find a comparable package for under $50, and even if you could, the level of integration wouldn't be nearly as good. Then you add in iDVD, which is also integrated with the rest.
Face it. Windows software developers are either retarded or they know that Windows users expect bad software (hell, maybe they even prefer it). Even if Macs use slower (on paper) processors, that doesn't matter because the software integrates so well with the hardware and with the other software, leading to a much better user experience.
One last thing: Why do you care? If you're making your "first Apple purchase," then you'll get iLife bundled with your new Mac. You don't have to pay $50 because it's included. You don't have to pay $50 anyway, unless you have to get iDVD. You can just download them. For free. Tell me how that is like MS.
[ 01-08-2003: Message edited by: Luca Rescigno ]</p>