Steve Jobs has made Macintosh ‘digital hub’ the model for entire PC industry

“At Macworld in early 2001, Apple chief executive, Steve Jobs, used his keynote address to introduce what has become a most important concept in the world of personal computers. He unveiled a diverse set of multimedia applications such as iTunes, iMovie, iDvd and iPhoto and told thousands of the Apple faithful that the Mac would become the digital server of their homes – their creative nerve centre,” Tim Bajarin writes for Personal Computer World.

“People with digital tools such as cameras, MP3 players, digital movie cameras and PDAs would use the new software to manage their digital photos, music, movies and data. Later that year, Apple even launched its iPod MP3 player and later tied it to the iTunes online music store. This made Apple a leader in innovative use of ‘digital lifestyle’ technology,” Bajarin writes.

“This vision of the Mac as a digital hub has become the model for the entire PC industry as it begins a major battle with the consumer electronics, cable and telecom industries, all of which are keen to have a similar role for their technologies,” Bajarin writes.

Full article here.

10 Comments

  1. too bad 99% of PC users won’t read this article or any article like this and realize that.. yes the Mac can access the internet, and yes apple does music better than the PC…

    man i love itunes

  2. And of course, Apple does it the “right way”, leaving no room to be bested. Of course, that doesn’t stop other companies from producing “good enough for cheap”. But you will never find a more integrated, easier to use, “Digital Hub”, let alone operating system, in Apple.

  3. <<“good enough for cheap”.>>

    How much cheaper can you get when it is free with a Mac purchase or a $49 upgrade? (Consider the eMac that comes with everything you need for a digital hub, I mean everything for only $799… less if your a student.) And, what about the iBook!

  4. Apple is so cheap 🙁
    eMac starts from $749
    iBook starts from $949
    If you are student or a teacher
    Ridiculous prices! It is almost as low as Dull. That starts from $499 and does not have so good software package included.
    Apple must rise prices before Joe Average starts buying Apple products.
    That would be like Joe Avarege using Cartier. It could destroy Apple�s image.

    http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/advertised_dimen3?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
    sarcasm
    humour
    bored

    Longhorn BBQ party at my place
    MOOoo!

  5. I am tired of the mantra of “My PC can do that too” from PC users. The fact of the matter is that only power PC users can work through all the frustrations of getting something even close to iLife working on a PC. And it is a totally non-integrated Frankenstein affair when (and if) they can get it working.

    The Macintosh does it with ease and style. In fact my Mom can do it on the mac. ’nuff said.

  6. what i find frustrating is that our company which holds 3% or whatever of the marketshare is leading the direction of the industry. Any “Mac Basher” out there has no idea how much their computer benefits from MS ripping off Apples ideas. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer are simply out of touch with consumers, but know how to copy something that people want. Start supporting the company that supports your interests – buy Mac.

  7. I don’t know if Dell deserves the innovation rank. Even M$ lacks innovation. The PC industry is big not because of its innovation. Dell doesn’t even make SW and all they care about is beating the market by selling crap hardware that expires 9 months later.

  8. And it is a totally non-integrated Frankenstein affair when (and if) they can get it working.

    With its doubtful survival sustained by frequent intensive care unit visits.

    what i find frustrating is that our company which holds 3% or whatever of the marketshare is leading the direction of the industry.

    Reminds me of that line about Apple only having 5% of the boat but at least it’s the rudder.

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