Windows user Michael P. responds to ‘Mad at Apple; wants his iTunes’ feedback

Windows XP user Michael P. sent us a followup email today. Due to the popularity of the original, we’ve decided to print this one, too. Here it is in its entirety:

“After reading the MacDailyNews ‘Reader feedback’ to the email I sent to you guys yesterday morning, I must say I’ve run through many different emotions. Since you will probably print this email, I will be much more careful with what I write this time.”

“I was looking at what I thought was some great software from Apple. I run one piece of Apple software on my PC – QuickTime. Although it doesn’t work as well as WMP and the files are huge in comparision, it’s OK. And it keeps nagging me to upgrade for a price. Also, I was thinking of Apple as a software company, not as a hardware company. Specifically, I was wishing I could have iTunes for Windows, like I have an iPod for Windows. I think iTunes looks/works better than MusicMatch and I want access to the iTunes Music Store from my Windows PC.”

“I also really would like to have the ability to run iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, etc. on my Dell after looking them over on Apple’s site and watching movies of those applications in action. I still don’t understand totally why Apple can’t make these programs cross-platform and sell them, but I kind of see the point after reading the responses.”

“Many of the ‘reader feedback’ replies were quite nasty, by the way. But, I guess my original email was a bit hastily written and contained some errors (like saying 1% and calling Apple a tiny, insignificant speck), so I understand up to a point. Many were past the point of understanding. Some of the replies were informative however and they helped me in various ways.”

“I think Apple could make a ton of cash selling iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, etc. to the much, much larger Windows market. I wish they would try it. But, I see the point of tying it to the hardware side of their business – it’s all integrated and it helps sell hardware.”

“So, instead of waiting forever for something that probably won’t happen, I’m thinking of falling into Apple’s trap. I am considering buying an eMac for $799 to try it. I won’t be able to do iDVD, but I’m not willing to spend an extra $500 for that just yet. This way I can try iTunes (will my Windows iPod work with it?) and iMovie, iPhoto and all the rest. I will see if I like it or I will sell it on eBay.”

“I do think this is a planned effort by Apple to make people have to buy Macintosh computers instead of Dells or whatever. I am a little worried about how I will connect the Dell and the eMac to transfer contacts, MP3’s, pictures, etc. Also, I am a total beginner at using the operating system. We’ll see if it’s as easy as they say. Also, I use Windows at work, of course, so I will still have the Dell for Office and stuff when working on things at home. I am planning to go to the mall and the Apple store to try out the machine first and see if they can help answer some questions. I also have a CompUSA that is closer – which do you recommend? Probably the Apple store, right?”

“Anyway, I will try it out and see if anybody has any suggestions about the eMac or stores or whatever if you do print this online and then I’ll email you about how it all goes. Thank you.”

– Michael P.


  1. Now that’s a much better approach! Actually get your hands on a mac and see what all us macheads are talking about! The eMac itself won’t be the best experience but I beleive it will wet your appetite enough to look at one of the new pro tower 970’s running Panther!!!!!!! Good luck with your experiment.

  2. Get an iMac, not an eMac, if you can swing it, Michael. And definitely go to the Apple Store – not CompUSA – and ask questions and run the Mac through the paces. Good luck!

  3. Congratulations on the plans to switch Michael – please keep mailing MacDailyNews and let everyone know how it goes. I switched last December and wouldn’t go back.

    Transfering all your files is really easy, the best way is probably to buy an RJ45 crossover cable for a couple of bucks then you can connect to the Dell from your mac and trasfer everything. Send me an e-mail (link above) if you’ve any other questions!

  4. good reply you actually sound like person with a brain now. the new emacs are a great bargain. personally i think they are ugly as hell and would rather opt for an imac, but a mac is a mac. you’ll fall in love with osx which is what is most important.

    i would reconsider and buy the superdrive, you may regret it in a month or two if you dont

  5. Michael P.,

    Good to see you willing to give the whole mac experience a shot. I can understand your desire for the applications that Apple has assembled. However, if you think those are nice, just wait till you get to use them in the OSX environment.

    As for your worries for switching all your music/contacts from your PC, there is something out there that may help. Although, it should be an easy network thing to figure out. Move2Mac is a software/USB cable that is supposed to make the transition as pain free as possible.

    Good luck!

  6. I would go to the Apple Store, they’ll have people who know what they’re talking about, and will probably be able to answer more of your quiestions. About the iPod: you’ll have to format it using the mac version of the iPod update. If you have the new, ‘no-moving parts’ model, it may be even easier. I hope you enjoy your mac experience, and I hope you realize what you were missing out on.


  7. If you purchased an iPod for Windows, you can easily reformat it to work on your Mac by downloading the iPod for Mac Software Updater on the Apple Web site. Note that once it is reformatted, it will only work with Macs. You need Mac OS 9.2 or Mac OS X 10.1 or later to reformat an iPod for Windows into an iPod for Mac.

    iPod for Mac Software Updater here:

    Good decision and good luck!

  8. I love my eMac–it’s more power than I expected, and will last me much longer than I was counting on. I thought it would just “tide me over” to a higher end system, but it holds its own just great–and its specs are lower than the eMacs they sell now. And if you do want the iDVD/superDrive, that only adds $200. Be warned, though: an eMac has a 17″ CRT and is therefore HEAVY. I like the iMac better, but wasn’t willing to pay extra for the flat panel.

    If you are a student or educator, get Apple’s edu price: $749. And when you can afford it, buy 512 additional RAM (easily installed) from or or Much better pricing than Apple’s RAM, and important: OS X is not very snappy with just 128. Still a cool OS, but more “wait” cursors. (I also like the swivel stand–but that’s easily added later anyway.)

    Your Windows iPod will work on Mac, but must be reformatted. Someone at or can help, and Apple may even have directions for that.

    See for help transferring your files to Mac. MP3s are easy: just drop the files into the iTunes window. There’s also the Move2Mac software, but that convenience costs something. Mac OS X now gets along well with Windows all by itself.

    Have fun–and i recommend (General forum) if you want help/answers without too many flames mixed in.

  9. Great email, Michael. I can guarantee you’ll not be sorry if you buy a Mac. However, don’t go for the cheapest one. Get an iMac that will do everything you want to do. If by some chance you’re not happy with it, you can sell it on Ebay and, since Macs retain their value so well, the Mac experience will not have cost you much at all.

    Best wishes on your switch!

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