Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Oct 2006 12:39 UTC, submitted by wackymacs
Apple Apple was at an all-time low in 1996, in a severe financial crisis that worried Mac users around the world. Apple's shareholders and customers were losing faith, and competitors were closing in fast. The worldwide press badmouthed Apple in 1995 and 1996. Ten years on, Apple is a different company.
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RE[2]: No, they aren't
by Simba on Wed 4th Oct 2006 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE: No, they aren't"
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"Fact is market share and installed base are climbing."

Please find me even one report that shows Mac is gaining marketshare that has not been throughly debunked and refuted.

I've seen all kinds of voodoo statistics used here to try to show that Apple was gaining marketshare. Like taking one month of the whole year where Apple did gain some marketshare. Only problem is, the rest of the year they lost marketshare, and so overall they had a net loss in marketshare. So the bottom line is that they are losing marketshare. Thre is no amount of fuzzy math and voodoo statistics that can cover up that simple fact that when the numbers are put together, Apple's marketshare is constantly declining.

Is installed base growing? Sure. But the installed base of Linux and Windows is growing much faster. So a growing installed base does not translate into gaining marketshare. Your installed base can grow, and you can still lose marketshare. And that is exactly what is happening to Apple.

"Choice of software? We never lack choices to do the job, but I guess if there are only 4 or 5 Mac apps compared to 10 or 12 Windows titles,"

Unless you are talking about games of course. The Mac game market is virtually dead.

And also, keep in mind that both Microsoft and Adobe have threatened to drop Mac support because the marketshare has dwindled so much. If Adobe ever drops Mac support, The Mac is dead. It's that simple really. The amount of choices you have today will not continue into the future of Apple continues to lose more and more marketshare. It simply won't be profitable for software vendors to support the platform anymore.

Edited 2006-10-04 20:55

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RE[3]: No, they aren't
by gdanko on Wed 4th Oct 2006 21:39 in reply to "RE[2]: No, they aren't"
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Unless you are talking about games of course. The Mac game market is virtually dead.

While the game market is big, not everyone is a 1337 g4m3r and therefore this is not an accurate measure of a computer's performance or usability.

And with a Mac Pro I can play those one or two games I enjoy under XP and switch back to my Mac for spyware-free, malware-free, and virus-free productivity.

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