Windows XP user mad at Apple; wants his iTunes Music Store

We received an email this morning from a Windows XP user, Michael P., that we feel sheds some light on how some Windows PC users feel about Apple. Here is the email in its entirety:

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t understand why anybody would buy an Apple computer. It is non-standard (everybody uses Windows) and proprietary. Also, it seems to me that Apple is very desperate to sell computers, so much so that they will withhold products that many would want by making them “Apple-only,” in a bid to force people to buy an Apple in order to use these products.”

“I am a music fan. Yes, I wanted an iPod when it first came out, but it was Apple-only, of course. So, I bought a Nomad Jukebox for use with my Windows system. But, still, it was obvious that the iPod was better, and I kept my eye on them over time, so when Apple finally gave up and made a Windows version, I got my new iPod only to find out that I was stuck with MusicMatch software and not iTunes.”

“At this point, I would like to make it clear that I want a Windows XP version of iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iChat, iDVD, Sherlock – yes, I’ve been all over Apple’s site – these applications look great, but I can’t find versions of them that run on Windows! Why would Apple bother to create all of these applications and not make versions that will run on 99% of the world’s computers?!”

“Instead, Apple would force me to buy an Apple computer to run these programs. Why is Apple so insecure? Why do they need to try to force sales of Apples? Obviously, nobody is buying them or they wouldn’t have to try to make Apple-only reasons to try to force sales of computers.”

“Which comes down to the reason I am writing: The iTunes Music Store. Why can’t I buy songs on my Dell running Windows XP? What kind of a company would open a store that only 1% can shop? It’s worse than opening a store catering only to left-handers – there’s many times more left-handers in the world than there are Apple computer users! This is ridiculous!!!”

“I would love to use my iPod with iTunes and the Music Store, but I cannot. All because Apple can’t seem to sell computers and they are trying to force people to buy Apples. Why limit all of these applications and services to a tiny, insignificant speck of the market? Why not offer them to the majority standard platform and create Windows versions, so the rest of the world can use them, too?”

“In closing, here I sit wanting to spend money at the Apple iTunes Music Store, wanting to run iTunes, iMovie and the rest (I’d even PAY for them), but I cannot. Apple needs to provide a solution for millions and millions of computer users like me! You can print this if you want and I’m sending this to Apple as well. Thank you.”

– Michael P.

Editor’s note: click for the followup “Windows user Michael P. responds to ‘Mad at Apple; wants his iTunes’ feedback, 5/28


  1. After all these years (MacUser since 1984)….I’m speechless. I’m laughing so hard at what MichaelP had to say, that I don’t know whether to be sympathetic, or just apathetic, to his plight. I think I’ll choose the latter.

  2. This is either a case of “he just doesn’t get that he doesn’t get it” or a wonderfully subtle dig at wintel sheep. I am smiling, regardless.

  3. “In closing, here I sit wanting to spend money at the Apple iTunes Music Store, wanting to run iTunes, iMovie and the rest (I’d even PAY for them)”

    The solution is simple Michael P. BUY A MAC! He acts like as a Windows user it’s his God given right to get Apple’s software too.

  4. dear Michael,

    Why don’t you buy a Mac? Really, not only the frustration of an inferior operating system like XP dissappears, you might also enjoy the wonderful digital world of Apple. Trust me, you will have no regret…

    Like Steve Jobs already indicated, there are innovators who get the pearls first, which is in this case Mac users. If anything is left they might think about porting it to other platform. In this way they try to increase their profits, in order to invest again in research. It’s called ‘marketing’ I believe. Be grateful, because if we are depending of the innovative power of Billyboy we would still have to press shift-F7 to print a document and looking to a monochrome monitor with a blinking cursor, wondering what kind of obscure command we have to type.

  5. Mike, my man, you really need to actually use a Mac b4 you start complaining. Once you do that you will realize why Apple makes the apps for their computer first then for the crap PC you use. Youre system is difficult to develop for, unstable, and, best of all, insecure! Now why would you complain about Apple being proprietary when you have such a plethora of benefits with WinDoze? You need to take the time and play around with a Mac before you type something like this, really!

  6. actually I agree with him. Apple has an opportunity to sell stuff to the other 95%… why aren’t they picking up on this? As much as I love my macs, there are millions of other pc users who will NEVER SWITCH to the mac. Apple has this opportunity to subterfuge the entire pc market by selling their applications or services on the pc… why aren’t they doing this?

    At this point in the game, Apple is never going to be the dominent operating system, but they could win by offering software and services and win that way.

    I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

  7. Wow.


    Jesus. There is a lot of sadness in the world. I feel for this guy…he’s sooo close to seeing the forest. Just all those damned tree blocking his view.

    Someone should find out where this guy is and walk him into an Apple store.


  8. first of all this michael p character is a nothing but a blabbering idiot. just buy an apple you freaking loser and once you do you will understand what mac users have been talking about all this time. i’d like to beat this guy down with a coffeemug and kick him on his ribs

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