Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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by Kasi on Fri 17th Sep 2010 05:00 UTC
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"An awesome side-effect of Apple's efforts is now many artists (for example, Imogen Heap) can release self-produced albums on iTunes and heap, er reap virtually all of the profits which is where music lovers have always wished the majority of record profits would go."

I've not seen this reported anywhere before. Where did you find this? This is actually very nice news and something that should be spread if true.

"Fact is, I've been a life-long PC user, and over the last 10 years or so, a closet Mac user, usually at home until the last few years when I introduced my Mac to my company, and in each case, the Mac I purchased was within roughly $100 of the PCs I purchased for work, and more important, I've been able to get three or four years of use out of each Mac before I felt the itch to upgrade to something newer, better or faster."

This, while a nice story of personal satisfaction, it doesn't really tell a great deal.
What is your normal criteria for upgrading? Do you upgrade on hardware specific issues? Is that there is some killer software that forces an upgrade? How do you usually do upgrades; piecemeal or the whole box at once?
Without some of this information all that can be extracted from this is your upgrade habits are different for an Apple - can't tell if its for better or worse.
An example would be "Person X upgrades his PC often, in piecemeal by getting new video cards every 8months for the latest games coming out, now that he owns a mac its 2k to upgrade the box but the pacing of high end game releases is slower so he don't have upgrade as often". People might no see that kind of story as an advantage.
The point is without specifics the picture you paint doesn't mean much.

"I wondered whether Apple would become just another PC clone. I'm pleased to report, not only did Apple not become another PC clone, but they've also made integrating my Mac into my company's network painless and more important, technology such as Boot Camp, Parallels, VMware Fusion and VirtualBox has for the first time given me the ability to use the best tool for the job, regardless of platform, Mac, Windows (even 7 with Aero) and Linux."

I take issue with this comment. Yes, the transition to Intel processors is good thing for apple computers, it was time for Apple customers to get a processor from a vendor who was interested in the desktop. However, Parallels, VMware, Virtual Box, BootCamp (ie dual booting) have very little to do with Apple. It basically comes down to having a x86 instruction set based computer and being able to run x86 complied software. This absolutely should be an expected behavior not extra to be praised! Otherwise everyone should praise Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, etc that their PC can run Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, Haiku, BeOS, AtheOS, Syllable, etc.

"And now, I can not only stream music, but also photos, video and metadata across the network. Never before has networking been so easy."

There is an opposite side to this in that never before has networking been so restricted. Yes it is convenient between Apple devices, however the keyword is Apple devices. This ease of streaming is due to DAAP from iTunes, which is not a standard and is not interoperable with many devices. DLNA, surprisingly, is a decent standard where most local network media sharing is converging at the moment between many vendors including Sony, Samsung, Logitec, Western Digital, HP, Dell, MS, with over 8000 certified devices. Within this ecosystem there is much broader range of support for devices, and formats. The Apple method of easy through limited device and format functionality/choice - is not a panacea.

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