As I said, I'm a MOTU fan - and although I feel a tinge of regret for them being left out of the big buy-out party, I am for the most part happy with Apple's decision.
Whilst I believe MOTU's hardware and software solutions to be elegant as well as top-class
, they were/are a very Mac-centric company.
Understandably, Apple have done their homework. In fact, I would not have been surprised if they polled teachers when they were designing the eMac. Something along the lines of "What software do you use in your curriculum area?" If most of the educators replied Emagic's Logic (or a variation thereof, such as MicroLogic) Apple would easily see this company as having significant inroads into the education market as well as the pro audio side. Apple then buys them out - ceases support for Windows products and hopefully picks up a significant marketshare.
This is why a buyout of Avid's ProTools
, MOTU's DP
or PropellerHeads' Reason
would not have appeared as lucrative - even if their software products were perceived as being superior and/or market leaders. Essentially, they don't hold a strong Windows user base which Apple could hopefully convince to :eek: *switch*
If they bought these companies out, it would be like stealing from one hand to give to the other.
Anyway, the upshot is Apple is now headlong into developing music software. That's win-win baby! And about time too!!
[Edit - typos: hate 'em]
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