I'm a big fan of the convenience of using Apple's iTunes program to download and listen to Podcasts, and also use it to legally purchase music, but I've read today that users of the Apple iTunes Store in the US were yesterday given significant price cuts for songs without copy protection, but here in Australia we will continue to pay exorbitant prices due to Apple's dominant position here.
The word is that Apple cut the price of its iTunes Plus tracks (which lack digital rights management locks) in the US by almost 25 per cent to 99 US cents each, in line with what Amazon charges for songs on its new online music store, launched in the US late last month.
In Australia, iTunes Plus tracks cost us $2.19 each ($1.94 USD), significantly more than the $1.69 ($1.49 USD) price of its other DRM-protected tracks.
As a result, I'm very seriously considering, and highly likely to no longer purchase any more music from Apples iTunes Store in Australia; furthermore, holding off my plans to buy one of the new iPods before Christmas, until they reduce the prices in it's Australian iTunes music store.
Believe it or not, I actually don't and never have had an iPod, iMac, never bought an Apple hardware product, not that I'm not interested in having an iPod or Macbook pro...
I'm so over Microsoft, I believe Apple could have gained some advantage if it had not been wasting time making stupid iPhones, given Microsoft's new operating system offering Vista has been such a big flop and not many people are taking to buying/upgrading to it, if Apple had been doing what it did best, it could have gained huge by Microsoft's mistake and been far more popular with it's new Operating system. There is a HUGE interest in Apple Mac's but Apple is too busy playing telephone operator to notice.
If I could afford to buy an Apple computer (the macbook in particular) I would have bought one by now, take a look at the prices for MacBook's in Australia (below).
Example of Recommended Retail Price (RRP) in Australia :
MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $3,599 AUD)
MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $3,599 AUD)
MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $2,899 AUD)
Apple OS on a PC
Apple MacBook's have Intel Core 2 Duo processors now, so why can't PC's run the Apple Mac operating system?
I have said to many people on many occasions, that if Apple were able to allow their operating system to run on a PC, I'd buy it tomorrow, I'd pre-order the damn thing and be ready to wipe Windows off my computer!!
I'm fairly certain it's got much to do with having control on hardware parts so they can make money from having essentially a monopoly in Apple parts.
HOT advertisement concept for Mac inside PC
Imagine how HOT the advertisement for this new venture could be, that hot Mac guy (Justin Long) telling the PC guy he wants to be inside him.. sexy music playing (let's get it on), PC guy feeling uncomfortable, but willing to give it a go, they make beautiful fireworks and finally get along together. - my advertisement concept available for purchase on request at cost!
Can't we play fair, ever?
If Apple allowed custom built PC's to run Apple Mac software I can guarantee sales in other Apple software/products would gain even bigger leads with people wanting iPods and iPhones to sync with their Apple OS.. Using the savings they've gained from being able to install it on their PC, rather than paying a small fortune to buy the Apple Mac hardware too.
Think what would happen to Microsoft, it would probably loose millions buy the week, and eventually sell out to somebody or focus on other areas such as Gaming/Xbox/Windows Mobile OS etc.