AP: Apple’s iLife ‘04 ‘could even persuade some longtime Windows users to relent and buy a Mac’

“A lot of high-tech companies strive to be the hub of a digital lifestyle, but unless they’re pushing an expensive Media Center PC they mostly leave it to consumers to figure out how to make their products work with others,” Matthew Fordahl reports for The Associated Press. “Macintosh computer owners don’t face that headache.”

“Apple’s updated iLife ’04 suite of five programs lets you organize photos, play and buy songs, edit movies, burn DVDs and, now, create music. The programs all work well together and the suite costs just $49, unless you’re buying a new Mac. Then it’s free. And except for iTunes, these programs don’t do Windows,” Fordahl reports. “For me, the suite would be a bargain even at twice the price. How much would all this cost if bought separately?”

“In the Windows world, a very good DVD burning program, Sonic’s MyDVD 5, starts at $50. Adobe Systems Inc.’s photo organizing program, Adobe Photoshop Album, is another $50. Music mixer Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 is $129. iLife is a great deal, not to mention a convincing argument for the digital lifestyle. And from a company with a reputation for premium prices, it’s a refreshing bargain,” Fordahl reports. “It could even persuade some longtime Windows users to relent


  1. In the majority of “mainstream” articles outside of the “Mac Web” discussing Apple, there is at least an underlying tone of negativity toward Apple or the Mac. Sometimes it’s even very blatant — Thurrott, Enderle, Dvorak, etc. Where does this tone come from? Why does it exist? What is their problem? I believe MDN and SteveJack are onto something here.

  2. Another wrinkle for all the “PCs are cheaper” arguments. Build a similarly equiped Dell, and add about $229 for iDVD, iMovie and Garageband. How much more for iMovie? The analysts were all complaining that the iMac is more than $800. If we discounted the iMac by the cost of the PC equivalent of iLife, I think it is in pretty good shape.

  3. MDN sounds shrill on this one. I think relent is the right word to describe the mindset of wintel users who have immense workplace pressure to conform. Spiraling out on “relent” weakens your credibility when you critique other writers whose bias needs to be disclosed.

  4. We have changed the “MacDailyNews Take” after reading the comments above. We read Fordahl’s article again and realized our focus on the writer was off the mark. We were wrong and “john,” “Yeah…,” and “reilly” were right. Thank you.

  5. I modern parlage to relent also means to give in.
    Which i what he means here.
    Sometimes i think to take one word and break it down, is the wrong approach when the meaning is prettu clear from the contents.

    On another note i have a Complete Wintel Weenie in my office setting up the copmpanys new Xeon/Windows Server 2003. (Which last week mystiruouly lost 90% of our date, and of course hadn’t backed up as it was supposed to, because some other weenie had remote accessed it and shut down the sql server that the back up ran off)

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