Forbes columnist: Apple planning iPhoto for Windows?

“The iPod and its related software and online music store iTunes have clearly been the star of Apple’s universe of late. Much of that success has come from opening the party up to Windows users, first with the iPod, and then iTunes. When CEO Steve Jobs first announced a Windows version of iTunes, he said the company was doing so after ‘hell froze over,'” Arik Hesseldahl writes for Forbes.

“That has led to some speculation that hell might freeze over again, and that Apple may have plans to develop still more software for the Windows platform, the most likely candidate being iPhoto, the digital photography component of iLife, a consumer creativity suite of applicatons. But Apple executives, who routinely refuse to comment on future product plans, have dismissed the suggestion,” Hesseldahl writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hell froze over long before iTunes for Windows, Mr. Hesseldahl, with Apple software for Windows like QuickTime, FileMaker, and AppleWorks. iPhoto will be released for Windows – when Apple markets a camera (either standalone or as an add-on to/wrap-around for iPod mini) that works only with iPhoto. Unfortunately, nothing like music is as seductive a product for something like an Apple iPhoto Store – unless Apple plans to market porn – which is another way to state that the chances of iPhoto for Windows are pretty much nil.

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  1. Don’t believe it. Friends of mine using Windows just use the software that they load from the camera software disc & their happy with it. Have shown a few friends iPhoto & they think its cool but not enough to change as they say “my program can do most of that”. What they use is always good for them.

  2. Steve Jobs has mentioned there is no plan to bring the other iLife Applications to the Windows platform.

    iTunes and the iPod was a different story from the typical Apple, it had the opportunity to take the whole market. So it’s good it did.

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  3. “Looks like that little idea Apple Computer executives once dismissed as preposterous– selling iPods to Windows users–has worked.” – Forbes article

    For the life of me, I can’t even remember Apple saying that selling iPods to Windows users was preposterous. IIRC, Apple targeted iPod right away to Mac users with a promise that PC users can buy a PC version soon. That was before they went with a single Mac/PC version.

    “Unfortunately, nothing like music is as seductive a product for something like an Apple iPhoto Store – unless Apple plans to market porn – which is another way to state that the chances of iPhoto for Windows are pretty much nil.” – MDN

    Aha! MDN just has an epiphany: Apple iPr0n Store, accessible from iPhoto and iMovie with porn grooves downloaded via iTunes. On second thought, with the amount of pr0n available for free, why pay?

  4. I think iPhoto only really shines because it integrates so well with the other iLife programs. On its own, there are many other programs coming free with digital cameras that stand up to it, but none of these programs can export stills into your home movies or use your built in music library to create exportable slideshows. There is no way Apple would be able to do a Windows version of the program justice without porting the rest of iLife too, and that just isn’t going to happen.

  5. I don’t think iPhoto for Windows would be a good idea. There is no need for it from a user’s perspective and no money in it for Apple.

    iChat on the other hand would be a great application to have on Windows. Apple would make money out of iSight sales and iChat users would have more than two people to video-chat with.

  6. iChat on the other hand would be a great application to have on Windows. Apple would make money out of iSight sales and iChat users would have more than two people to video-chat with. – Sol
    I agree iChat would be much better for Windows as I could convince anybody that its much better & cooler than MSN messenger or Yahoo especially with what I have seen with the iSight. (they would totally flip out sooooo awesome) I would buy an iSight then & have people I know to use it with which is the only thing stopping me from buying one. Thinking a lot of people are in my situation so come on Apple & make it for Windows.

  7. Apple will not port any iApps that they do not have a corresponding hardware device to sell to go with it. Like others have said, other than iTunes/iPod, the only other port that would make any sense would be iChat. However, if AOL would just add full iSight compatibility on the Windows side to both 9.0 and Instant Messenger, it wouldn’t be necessary. I think there is a much better chance of that happening than ever seeing iChat for Windows since AOL & Apple seem to be partners on a few things these days.

  8. Apple released the iPod for Windows long before iTunes for Windows. The reason Apple made iTunes for Windows was not to sell iPods, but to let those Windows users with iPods into the iTunes Music Store.

    What is Apple going to sell to iPhoto/iChat/iMovie/iDVD users? And I don’t think sending your photos to Kodak to print them counts.

  9. “Unfortunately, nothing like music is as seductive a product for something like an Apple iPhoto Store – unless Apple plans to market porn – which is another way to state that the chances of iPhoto for Windows are pretty much nil.” – MDN

    In that case, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to port iMovie to Windulls?

  10. Isn’t there a chance that we’ll see that Apple multimedia device coming – talking to our home Macs AND PCs via Rendezvous? And didn’t we just see iPhoto jump on Rendezvous as well? There’s only a little Movie library app with Rendezvouz support missing which makes this the kick ass environment for such a device the livingroom. THIS may be the (bundeld) device which eventually maks people buy the iApps on Windows and kicks MS even harder, as it is another potential killer in the format battle …

  11. I think the only software going to Win$in eventually is Safari. Look at how advanced the beta of Safari was to what?…version 6 for IE?? And they did it in only about a years time. The growth of Safari in the Mac world is tremendous and has happened so quickly.
    Although some of it was Netscapes fault, Micro$in chopped them off at the knees by offering IE for free. I think Safari for Win$in would have as dramatic an impact on the whole world and much more impact than iPhoto. Now that Micro$in has thrown up their hands and dropped future development of IE for Mac because Safari kicked their butts with a beta, the door is wide open. It’s not the same as if Apple develops a Office killer and loses major sales of Mac Office. Safari is wide open and the world is waiting for an advanced standard. If not, the western world will kick our Eastern butts in ten years with their own protocol. They are disgusted with our low standards, which reflects mostly upon Micro$in, but affect us all.

  12. Been tinkering with iPhoto 4 last night. Opens in 6 seconds with several thousand photos. The slide show caused the program to “unexpectedly quit” the first time, but after that has so far worked perfectly. Like the star rating, and can rate, etc. during the slide show.
    The best thing is the speed when dragging the picture size slide bar to the left and right. No sluggishness at all and switching between folders on the left hand side is immediate. They did everything I asked for except lower file sizes when sending via mail and still no export at 800×600. I am very happy with it and also the nice transitions. Want more now.
    iMovie seems to fly now and now will import iPhoto Quicktime slideshow exports for adding titles and effects. Who says you have to have a digital video camera to use iMovie. I am tickled with this.

  13. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for iTunes 5 which I’d love if it incorporated the excellent crossfade feature when you rip a playlist to CD.

    My compilation CDs always sound great – on my Mac, but when I rip them to CD for friends, I lose the crossfades…. the mix is still great, but it’d be greater for those crossfades. Maybe ‘GarageBand will allow me to do that?

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