“Joshua Weisbuch, 33, of Jamaica Plain says he’s visited the iTunes Music Store about 30 times since it opened less than three weeks ago. Peter Wood, 24, of Beverly says he’s gone at least once a day. Barbara Mende, a grandmother from Waltham, says she’s been only three times. ”I’m staying away from it,’ she says. ‘It’s addictive.”’ reports Michael Prager for The Boston Globe.
“Is it possible that one day, one of the results of Apple’s pay-for-download music service will be iA, as in iTunes Anonymous? Maybe not, but a sampling of Greater Boston users reveals that the deep, intense feelings typical of Macintosh users have migrated to Apple’s newest wrinkle, the online music store,” writes Prager.
Prager writes, “So far, although a Windows version is promised by year’s end, only Macintosh users have access to the Music Store, which is a twist for computer users used to having the vast majority of software written for the Windows platform. A few of the users interviewed are reveling in their exclusivity, but many more are eager to share the experience with the Windows masses.”
“Arnold Reinhold, 58, of Cambridge concedes a vested interest,” Prager writes. “He’s an Apple shareholder who ”would be just as happy if they got onto Windows really quickly, because they found a real need in the marketplace.” Besides, he said, he ”has never felt a great lack of software. Quite the contrary.’ But even those without a financial stake still have their Apple chauvinism. Weisbuch has noted that iTunes ‘is one of the features that PC users I talk to are truly slathering over… and I look foward to the day that iTunes works with PCs so that PC users can see the quality of hardware-software combinations that Apple users have used for years.”’
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MacDailyNews Take: “Apple chauvinism?” Michael Prager doesn’t quite get it right. If Mr. Prager used a product that he knew to be better than other similar products he has tried to use (or been forced to use at work), wouldn’t he want to tell his friends, family, and co-workers about it? Your average Mac user who says aloud that “Mac is better than Windows” shouldn’t have to endure being called a chauvinist, which means “prejudiced” and/or “fanatical” according to Dictionary.com here. It’s tedious for us as Mac users to continue hearing these obvious Windows-centric users, who’ve never or hardly used a Mac, dissmissively lump Mac users en masse into the “fanatical cult/religious zealot” category. Mac users shouldn’t be referred to as “chauvinists.” If Prager understood his subject better, he simply would have referred to Apple computer users as “Mac proponents” and been done with it.
And just what is this “vast majority of software written for the Windows platform,” anyway? We seem to have access to any of the “best in class” software products for anything we need to do on our Macs. We don’t really need or want to wade through reams of second-class apps; we just want the best ones – which is what Mac users already have. This “more software for Windows” conceit is a misconception that the uninformed just won’t let die, even though they have virtually no understanding about which they’re saying or writing.