Analyst: ‘there are definitely a lot of people joining Apple Mac ecosystem for the first time’

“More than 1 million Windows users bought Mac computers for the first time this year, according to a recent report. PC users are converting to Macintosh computers in growing numbers, thanks in part to the stunning success of the Apple iPod, the New York Post reported Tuesday,” CNN/Money reports.

“‘Apple has attracted a much larger audience for its personal computers due to the success of the iPod,’ Steve Lidberg, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, told the newspaper. ‘There are definitely a lot of people who are joining the Mac ecosystem for the first time.’ Over the last several quarters, as Apple marketed new and improved iPods, Mac have sales jumped, reaching 48 percent year-over-year growth in the latest quarter,” CNN/Money reports.

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  1. thanks ulna, I agree.

    This was yesterday’s long shot estimate (

    To quote the analyst himself:
    “If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million.”

    Sketchy analysis technique at best. I’d call it irresponsible. I’m surprised that Money/ CNN is treating it with that much weight. If any real numbers come out on this, it will be under this BLIND GUESS, and ultimately look bad because it didn’t meet the “estimates”.

    I wish people would stop publishing ridiculous guesses just to invent something to write about, and more importantly, I wish that larger publications would do a little research (AKA work) on their own to get more accurate information out there.

  2. The Mac, iTunes, iTMS and iPod is an ecosystem because the comunity of parts function as a related unit … just as Windows, IT Departments, spammers, hackers, and the vast community of malware creators form another ecosystem. I know which one I’d rather deal with.

  3. ithink,

    Try clamXav – it’s open source and free, but not online scanning, so you’ll need to install it. I’d be very interested to hear if it is indeed a virus, or just simply a system flutter.

    I’ve converted 10 people to Mac in the past 18 months. Another dozen are teetering on the edge.

    It feels good delivery people from evil!

  4. I think––ClamXav does offer free virus definition upgrades.

    Defrag on the Mac is refered to as Optimization. I use TechTool Pro. There are other software available too. But none built into Mac OS X. Better results can be obtained by rebuilding the Directories –– TechTool Pro, Disk Warrior, others. Do a search on or

    Try Mac OS X Disk Utility first. Boot from the install CD to repair the start-up Volume.


    Optimizing, aka defragging, a journaled hard drive with Mac OS X will screw things up royally, and may be misinterpreted for some other problem. You may use TT Pro 4 or Diskwarrior for other maintenance issues, BUT NOT DEFRAGGING.

    For more technical information see Amit Singh’s, especially:

    To quote Singh,

    “Defragmentation on HFS+ volumes should not be necessary at all, or worthwhile, in most cases because the system seems to do a very good job of avoiding/countering fragmentation .

    It is risky to defragment anyway: What if there’s a power glitch? What if the system crashes? What if th defragmenting tool has a bug? What if you inadvertently reboot? In some cases, you could make the situation worse by defragmenting.”

  6. ithink,

    Please keep in mind that ClamXav or any other AV for Mac is going to do one thing, and one thing only– scan for WINDOWS viruses.

    There are zero, zilch, nada documented viruses in the wild for Mac OS X. In Windows, viruses, worms, and spyware can install themselves. In Mac OS X, they have to ask permission.

    Just say no!

    ClamXav is FREE, and the FREE virus definitions should be set to update automatically when you launch the application. (That’s FREE, as in free beer, free speech, however, you are free to donate to the developer, if you wish.) You are too used to PCs being initially cheap but getting nickel and dimed (and drawn and quartered) afterwards by the Windows world.

    Be careful that you DO NOT SET ClamXav to isolate email files. Make sure you read the explanation on the website for the reason why. It’s a good one.

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