“At MacWorld San Francisco 2004 last month, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs introduced the company’s latest suite of multimedia tools, dubbed iLife ’04. Apple markets the $50 product as being ‘like Microsoft Office for the rest of your life,’ which is a cute way of saying that you’ll need the applications in this suite as much as you need products such as Word and Excel when you’ve got work to do. Although iLife ’04 isn’t perfect, it’s a stunning value for the money and a must-have purchase for every Mac OS X user. And if you aren’t running Mac OS X, fear not: I also explore some related offerings for PC users,” Paul Thurrott writes for Getting Connected. “Apple iLife ’04 includes five brilliantly integrated applications, and at least three of them are best of breed.”
Thurrott then reviews each app in iLife ’04. His bit about iTunes caught our eye:
“For Mac users, iTunes is just about perfect, and it’s a great example of the fit and finish Apple fans expect from their favorite company. On the interoperability side, things are a little murkier: Although iTunes integrates easily with the award-winning iPod, it doesn’t support any of the hundreds of other portable audio players on the market, or Microsoft’s pervasive Windows Media Audio (WMA) format, which most other music stores use. On the PC, you have several media players to choose from, but none are as simple and elegant as Apple’s offering, which also ships in a free PC version. For the best music-store experience on the PC, look into either Napster 2.0 or RealPlayer 10 (currently in beta), which is also a great media player. Windows users that need WMA compatibility will be best off with Windows Media Player (WMP) 9 Series,” Thurrott writes.
[MacDailyNews Note: if none of the WMA media players are as “simple and elegant” as the Apple iPod, then why buy one and deny yourself the ability to buy songs from Apple’s iTunes Music Store? Wouldn’t the “best music-store experience on the PC” naturally be what the market is already proving: an Apple iPod and iTunes for Windows?]
Thurrott writes, “Apple’s iLife ’04 isn’t perfect, but it’s an amazing software value and a must-have application for all Mac users. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Apple Store, CompUSA, or Apple dealer, and pick up this package immediately