Mossberg: Roxio’s Easy Media Creator 7 ‘significantly inferior’ to Apple’s iLife

“Earlier this week, I got an e-mail from a reader that said: ‘As a PC user who juggles multiple applications to complete multimedia projects, I’m jealous of the integrated approach’ of Apple’s iLife programs. ‘Is there any product on the PC that comes close to the integrated solution you’ve discussed so many times for the Mac platform?’ I get these e-mails regularly. When you buy a Macintosh, you get a free suite of excellent, integrated programs, called iLife, for managing and editing photos, music and videos, and for creating DVDs and CDs that include these multimedia files. The programs include iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and iTunes,” Walt Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“All of these functions have been available on Windows from various companies, but not in a truly integrated suite that has a unified user interface and works together well,” Mossberg writes. “And the individual Windows applications for doing these things have tended to be harder to use than Apple’s.”

“But I have been testing the first program that claims to bring iLife-type simplicity, integration and power to the Windows PC. It’s called Easy Media Creator 7, and it’s from Roxio,” Mossberg writes.

Mossberg then delves into the features of Apple’s iLife vs. Roxio’s attempt to mimick Apple and finds, “Overall, I found Media Creator to be significantly inferior to the Apple suite. It’s harder to use, less consistent in the way it works, less well integrated, and it fails to display the same delicate balance between power and simplicity that is the real strength of the Apple software.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The hodge podge concept of cobbling together hardware from multiple outfits, running an OS from another, and then applications from yet another isn’t ever going to match Apple’s elegant, integrated solutions.

43 Comments

  1. If the Apple bundled software is so great…

    Would not the general public be flocking to the superior product. I thought that the principals of capitalism stated that the best product or service will succeeded.

    Is there a force in play that is tilting the playing field of capitalism towards Microsoft… ?

    I don’t think so…
    Microsoft just has better products period !

    PS:
    is it true that there will not be any new announcements on Monday ?
    no live internet feed ?
    no new anything ?
    just the dancing Steve’e show…

  2. Roxio Media Creator 7 = $80.00

    Apple iLife = $0.00

    hmmm…..

    better and free with no nasty bugs and such in the OS…

    I will take one of the Mac’s please.

  3. Sputnik,

    you said…

    “If the Apple bundled software is so great…
    Would not the general public be flocking to the superior product. I thought that the principals of capitalism stated that the best product or service will succeeded.
    Is there a force in play that is tilting the playing field of capitalism towards Microsoft… ?
    I don’t think so…
    Microsoft just has better products period !”

    Don’t be naive or stupid… in the classroom, you can state and prove anything. In the real world people are cheap and will willingly buy junk to “save a buck or two”. Including buying obsolete technology (PC’s) and kludge operating systems (windoze).

  4. sputnik! well, interesting concepts. but when looking at the aesthetics of the dancing steve show – how does that compare to the other dancing steve (monkey boy) show.

    we have 2 dancing steves – one sweats profusely, the other hides it with black turtlenecks. and i wonder if monkey boy is still going through puberty – his screams tend to squeal with the zeal or a 13yr old.

    thoughts?

    (and i apologize for not tackling the capitalism analogy – the dancing steves metaphor was just too enticing to let go)

  5. i agree with citizenX the only reason why windows is so popular is because its cheap and cheap aw and cheap aw almost forgot its crap but most people cant see it, they can get a �300 computer and be happy with it, the reason why they are happy is that they dont know anything about it, just like you sputnic.

  6. Sure our Easy Media Creator 7 software is inferior to Apple’s iLife suite. Duh. But, on the superior MS Windows platform our software is the best choice and really is good enough. If you pay $499 for a computer what do you expect?

  7. Are people still rising to Sputnik’s ‘trolling’ ?

    It’s not even proper trolling. Aren’t any of you able to spot sarcasm any more ? Not even the “dancing Steve show”.

    I’m usually highly entertained by Sputnik’s posts and astonished when people rise to it.

  8. Sputnik,

    I need to increase my reality distortion field. Could you give me a lesson in bald-faced lying? You do it so well!

    Regards,

    Steve (no, the OTHER Steve)

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