“Over the past 18 months, Apple Computer has introduced the concept of podcasting on an enormous scale. While in itself this was not a new method for delivering digital content over the Internet, when combined with growth in the popularity of Apple hardware and the success of its iTunes software, it may signal a shift in the market for digital entertainment and home computing,” Oxford Analytica reports. “The iPod has helped Apple recover from a battle it largely lost with Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT – news – people ) and the PC industry. While it accounts for only around 5% of desktop and laptop users, the popularity of the iPod may fuel rising demand for its other systems. Podcasting is possible with both PCs and Apple computers”
However, Apple [Mac] systems are likely to become increasing popular for home users for various of reasons:
• Security issues that have plagued Microsoft in recent years tend not to affect Apple software.
• Apple has always led the way in the design of computer hardware and software.
• Apple’s design approach ensures ease of use and hardware/software compatibility for consumers.
More in the article summary via Forbes (with link to extended article) here.
• MacBook Pro. The first Mac notebook built upon Intel Core Duo with iLife ’06, Front Row and built-in iSight. Starting at $1999. Free shipping.
• iMac. Twice as amazing — Intel Core Duo, iLife ’06, Front Row media experience, Apple Remote, built-in iSight. Starting at $1299. Free shipping.
• iMac and MacBook Pro owners: Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using dial-up service. Only $49.
• iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
• iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
• Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.
16-percent of computer users are unaffected by viruses, malware because they use Apple Macs – June 15, 2005