Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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You may find benefit in freeing your music. AAC effectively locks you into a single device provider where your legally collected music would be come more portable in an mp3 or other format. MP3 is supported fully in iTunes and on the portable player still also. Having your entire library with you definately has it's benefits too.

The new generation Zune may justify itself but you where better off for being in a market without the original "me too, me too" Zune. We'll see how the new device does on it's own merits when it does turn up. I've just started seeing early shots of it today.

I can understand the lack of a wanted product. I stuck with my Palm T5 for years because no device from Palm or anyone else could actually be called an upgrade from it. Even the Palm Lifedrive would have been a functional downgrade to a platter drive that wasn't going to like bouncing about in my pocket. Size was a similar consideration for me though long before the iTouch was a leaked rumour even. My chosen device gave me removeable SD slots to expand the storage with; not to 60 gigs worth but more than enough for my needs.

I do like that you chose the older model rather than the latest marketing blitz celebrity model. If all you want to do is store and play your music the pre-Touch models do very well at that.

The lifedrive was an interesting device mind you - I have a feeling that what Palm wanted to supply was a hand held device with a decent amount of space - the problem being if they tried to have that sort of space using flash it would have either been impossible or simply no feasible because the price would be extremely high.

For me, all my music has been ripped in AAC format, it is a licensable and open format that anyone can implement; so in all due respect, if these companies can support and obscure and quite frankly, worthless format like WMV and WMA, I think it is a pretty small call to ask a vendor to support AAC given it is pretty much as common as mp3 these days.

For me, I have nothing against Microsoft as to just as justification for not using the Zune; the problem is that Microsoft refuses to sell it to customers outside the United States (why? doesn't Microsoft realise that we live in a borderless international age? or do they still live in the 1950s where the world revolves around America?) and I can't load music onto it on non-Microsoft platforms. Microsoft could have used the bog standard MTP protocol but they decided to use a proprietary incompatible protocol that ads nothing over using MTP. If Zune did support the bog standard MTP protocol then I'd be able to load music onto it using XNJB.

Edited 2009-05-29 03:26 UTC

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