The iPod is bigger than Jesus, now can Apple’s Mac take on Windows?

“We’ve been living, for the past couple years, in Apple’s world, a time and place in which the normal rules of commerce no longer seem to apply to the once much-beaten-down firm. The company has seen an extraordinary string of hits recently. The iPod is bigger than Jesus. Apple is literally selling these things faster than it can make them. Now, for the first time in almost two decades, there’s a good — great — feeling attached to the Apple brand, a haze of optimism that is unlike the sensation we feel for all but the most cherished of consumer tech products,” Farhad Manjoo writes for Salon.

“So, perchance to dream: After iPod, can Apple make a comeback in the world of personal computers? On Jan. 22, the company began shipping the Mac Mini, a diminutive entry-level machine aimed at Windows people. The computer is tiny, beautiful and, at $499, cheap; already, it’s receiving generally positive praise from reviewers,” Manjoo writes. “What happens now? The entire effort could fizzle, certainly. Apple releases nice Macs all the time that never spark in the Windows world. There is a theory, though, that this go-round might be different, that the moment may be ripe for the Mac Mini to take off. The landscape of the personal computer market has altered. In recent years, the home computer has increasingly become a digital entertainment center; people use it for the Web, they use it for e-mail, and they use it for photos, movies and music.”

“The Mac is not just good at these few tasks: It’s the best there is. There’s simply no arguing that Apple’s built-in software and operating system make for the single most powerful photo, music and movie system you can buy. But the things that the Mac is good at make up just one part of the story. There’s a flip side — the increasingly obvious failings of PCs running Microsoft Windows. Among Windows users, there’s a rising feeling — accounted for mostly by anecdotes and not all that well-measured, but nevertheless important — that the system is becoming too hard to maintain. Talk to experts at computer security firms and they’ll give you some pretty scary straight talk about how spyware, adware and viruses are just killing the user experience on an ordinary Windows PC,” Manjoo writes.

“It’s not unusual for people to throw out their year-old Windows computers because they’ve become just too clogged with bad junk, says Richard Stiennon, vice president of threat research at the anti-spyware firm Webroot. The Mac, in contrast, simply doesn’t suffer such afflictions,” Manjoo writes.

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MacDailyNews Clarity Alert: We didn’t write the line, “The iPod is bigger than Jesus,” Farhad Manjoo wrote it in the Salon article.

47 Comments

  1. Careful.

    Flip, retro, Beatles quotes are fun, but it didn’t do John Lennon much good, no matter how innocent his intentions. Which were meant to be of astonishment at the popularity of the Beatles, and never meant to be disrespectful.
    He had to publicly apologize (I’m pretty sure)

    DV

  2. Or because I’m 55, and the oldest person here, only a handful of others will get it?

    But I DID see them on their first concert tour, one benefit for being born when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

    DV

  3. No, you’re right. John Lennon did eventually apologize after saying that the Beatles had become more popular than Jesus. He was only stating a fact, that more people listened to their music than went too church in England, but it wasn’t too well received by the masses.

  4. David V, I’m only 29, and I got it.

    Personally though, I think that Kenny Loggins is Jesus. Every time I see either of their pictures, I can’t tell them apart.

  5. The Crunge:

    Well, certainly our talent for archiving the past for the benefit of Beatles completists, and everyone else, will keep this trivia alive. The day I knew I was OLD was around 1982 when I asked for research on Timothy Leary and the young assistant asks.

    “Who’s Timothy Leary?.”

    Leary was a household word for decades even among the unhip. Magazine like LIFE made sure of that. But there is that cut-off point.

    I have a 22 yr old employee who is not sure who the Rolling Stones are. He’s into rap. This is the result of the ‘narrowcasting’ life we lead now. 40 years ago with only 3 TV stations, 2 or 3 major magazines, and four A.M. radio stations meant that everyone heard everything or of everything that was put out there.

    David Vesey

  6. David,

    I also thought about John Lennon’s comment as well, and the firestorm of controversy it ignited among conservative Christians, with the anti-Beatle rallies, record-burning etc. Lennon himself meant no disrespect and was astonished (I wonder why) at the reaction. In this current climate, with evangelicals in a much more assertive and militant mood, Manjoo should be careful.

    MDN magic word is “lack”, as in there is a horrible lack of tolerance in society these days.

  7. DV….

    Youre not the only “Boomer” here …..

    I plead guilty as well !! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

    ‘Tis true, the headline to this article may cause the Religious Right to foam at the mouth … but, they have never been known to have a sense of humor anyhoo !!

  8. Lol, well though it might be true most of my fellow 20-somethings might not know who Leary was, you have to admit that no other generation did a better job of turning on, tuning in, and dropping out. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Wait, he was referring to TV, right?

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