Enough about Windows on Mac: most users choose Macs because of Mac OS X and iLife

“Enough about Windows on Mac. The reason most Apple fans use Macs is Mac OS X and, of course, the iLife suite of digital lifestyle applications, which recently was updated to iLife ’06,” John O’Brien writes for Reuters. “And podcasting, photocasting and blogging are the new buzzwords. The addition of these features make iLife ’06 the most significant iLife upgrade in years.”

“iLife is Apple’s easy-to-use and fully integrated software for organising your digital music and photos, editing video and burning it to DVDs, creating your own music with or without instruments, and now making your own website or weblog,” O’Brien writes. “And with each update of iLife, Apple is making its .Mac online service more integrated and more essential. Sure, you can use iLife quite happily without .Mac, but the option of one-click publishing of podcasts, photocasts and blogs make it mighty tempting to shell out for a subscription… iLife is bigger than the sum of its parts. Nothing else offers the ease of use and integration of all of your digital media – indeed, your digital life. And best of all, it’s free with new Macs, or $119 (US$79) for existing ones.”

O’Brien takes a look at iLife ’06, one program at a time (iWeb, GarageBand, iMovie HD, iDVD, and iPhoto), in his full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Like we always say, “It’s the OS and the software, stupid.”

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37 Comments

  1. Enough about Windows on Mac: most users choose Macs because of Mac OS X and iLife

    Not really, I choose Mac OS X for the security, which unfortuntly hasn’t been as good as it should for a brand new operating system.

    iLife is ok, iPhoto is useful, but not necessary. I have no talent for Garageband, iMovie comes in handy rarely and iChat/iSight hardly at all.

    Problem is not everyone in my circle of friends and family is a 100% computer geek, so a lot of iLife benefits don’t in handy. In fact I’m the one they all turn to for help with their shittie PC boxes, which I try t get them set up on a Mac to give me some relief.

    I just tell them, “I don’t do Windows”

    Then they don’t call me or send any holiday presents. It’s all Microsoft’s fault.

  2. “Not really, I choose Mac OS X for the security, which unfortuntly hasn’t been as good as it should for a brand new operating system.”

    What the hell are you talking about? How many viruses do you have? How has your Mac security been breached? Please. Do tell.

    “iLife is ok, iPhoto is useful, but not necessary. I have no talent for Garageband, iMovie comes in handy rarely and iChat/iSight hardly at all.

    Problem is not everyone in my circle of friends and family is a 100% computer geek, so a lot of iLife benefits don’t in handy.”

    Then, clearly, this article was not written for you. For those of us who do make films and take photos and actually use computers for things other than trolling Mac news/rumor sites, iLife apps are SUPER reasons to use Mac over Windows.

  3. AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!

    I think people often lose sight of this simple fact. Great product, right

    out of the box, not some crappy packaged software. Many folks could

    take their new Mac out of the box, and not have to EVER purchase any

    additional software (OS updates perhaps), and have a far better

    experience than is available elsewhere. It IS the software stupid!

    ANDREW, you just don’t understand.

  4. JUSTIFIED

    “Which is why you’ve been touting how great it is to run Windows on Macs since the Boot Camp announcement?”

    I believe MDN touts Boot Camp because it will hopefully be a catalyst for

    switchers that need a “security blanket”. Do you actually read what’s on

    this site?

  5. that with iLife you don’t need to even be 25% computer geek to easily use iLife? Even my barely computer able mom can use iPhoto. Basically, if you’re interested in computers enough to own one, you are likely to want to at least upload pictures and e-mail them. Sure, you can use third party software to do anything you can do with iLife. However, it is really pretty pointless to spend $ on that software, esp when they don’t integrate with each other as the iLife apps. By your logic, if Apple had an easy to use spreadsheet program, it would be useless because you can just get Excel.

    RE: “Problem is not everyone in my circle of friends and family is a 100% computer geek, so a lot of iLife benefits don’t in handy.”

    “Not really, I choose Mac OS X for the security, which unfortuntly hasn’t been as good as it should for a brand new operating system.”

    OSX is “brand new”?

  6. The most interesting thing to me is that more people don’t find this topic

    interesting, and paramount to what the Mac experience is now all about.

    Magic word “seemed” – it seemed obvious to me

  7. Thorin,

    The gist of this story, “Enough about Windows on Mac: most users choose Macs because of Mac OS X and iLife” and MDN’s take “Like we always say, “It’s the OS and the software, stupid” are diametrically opposite to the “catalyst for switchers that need a “security blanket” fallback that MDN usually cops to. Essentially, it’s MDN talking out of both sides of its mouth.

    Do YOU actually read what’s on this site?

  8. Photocasting should be a selling point for mac use. Unfortunately, IT DOESN”T WORK WITH Windows PC’s. Apple uses some bizzare RSS stuff, and people with PC’s can’t see the pictures in IE or Firefox. They need to download 3d party RSS readers, and the person doing the photocast needs to send them a mofified version of the address. NOT APPLE LIKE AT ALL. My grandmother, parents, brother or sister can’t figure it out. IT’S BROKEN..and apple REFUSES to fix it.

  9. Justified, put the crack pipe down. MDN has touted Boot Camp as an embrace and extinguish strategy, which is exactly what it is. No one who actually understands that thinks everyone is better of using Windows. It’s a means to an end and that end is larger Mac marketshare.

    Of course you will not grasp or understand what I jsut said, and retort with some drivel about how we are all envious of Windows blah blah blah.
    And we will all laugh at you as the next year shows that this IS a good strategy and Apple is NOT switching OSes for the Mac for daily use.

  10. Hey Andrew, did you ever notice the world doesn’t actually revolve around YOU and yours?

    I do use ALL of iLife ’06 and Final Cut on top of that, because Andrew some of us our lives depend on this kind of stuff.

    And even if they didn’t I would never want an ugly, shitty looking Dell with Windoze on it in my house!

    I have PBG4, 14″ iBook and PMQuad at home where I work from.

    And you know Andrew (or may be Macdude) our whole family of 5 uses all of the Macs all the time and I use my PB and PM professionally.

    It’s the software AND the hardware, stupid!

    Death to Windows! OS X rules!

  11. macromancer,

    I fully understand said “embrace and extinguish” strategy. I also understand that MDN is not above contradicting itself in the name of Mac Rightousness.

    And why would I retort? Clearly, that job has been taken. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN Magic Word: attack
    Go ahead. You know you want to.

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