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Windows iPod users switching to Mac

In response to an earlier column written about the iPod Halo Effect, The Wall Street Journal has published 27 letters from various iPod, Windows users, or Windows iPod users stating that the iPod or Windows problems is the reason they have switched to the Macintosh platform. One reader wrote, “After receiving an iPod as a gift, I was inspired to research other Apple products. In the last two months I’ve purchased an iMac G5 for my office and an eMac for home, both replacing Windows machines. I’m amazed at the elegance, simplicity and ease of use of these products.”

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Wow!  27 whole letters!

I personally know 27 people that have switched to Linux.  When do we get a Wall Street Journal article?

This is sad…

Posted by stark23x in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 4:00 PM (CST)


In many years of using Windows computers and the internet I have never gotten a virus on my computer.

For the last few years I haven’t even used an antivirus program (I think they slow down my computer) and I still haven’t gotten a virus.

Sorry for the aside, but I just don’t get it when people like some in the WSJ article say they switched because of virus concerns.

People, just don’t open attachments that you don’t know where they’re from, don’t be enticed by porn email links, don’t install music downloading software, don’t install AOL and you’re computer will run like a champ.

Oh yeah, throw REAL into the do not install column, or at least into the column of install with caution.

Posted by Talking Madness in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 4:20 PM (CST)


To the person that has never had a virus, consider yourself lucky. My wife had spyware installed and we got cramed on our phone bill for email service by using our home phone number. To the person that said that mac’s are pure elegance and simplistic, you couldn’t have said it any better. They just work! Period. Think about it. The number one selling program for Windows based machines is a virus utility or something to keep some one or some thing out of their business?

Posted by scorch in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 6:20 PM (CST)


If anyone is interested, I posted the article in the Lounge forum.  Hope that was cool to do.

It’s not a big trend but there is a lot of dissatisfaction with dealing with all these viruses.

Lot of people probably don’t know that other operating systems, not just the Mac, are free of these problems.  They deal with it because they’ve not really considered or were aware of alternatives.

Another WSJ writer, Walt Mossberg, writes about the security problems all the time.

Posted by wco81 in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 6:48 PM (CST)


I am still using Windows 2000/XP, but the thrill is largely gone. I don’t play games - I couldn’t care less about that - I want to be productive, creative and have a good time doing so.

I will probably go back to Mac in Spring 2005, and retire all 3 Wintel boxes. I never get viruses or spyware; I am too careful and a technical professional. My reasons are really those of aesthetics and ergonomics. Windows is just mediocre and tiring.

There are many, many people out there who need all the help they can get. When my 71 year-old mother wanted to get on the ‘net, I couldn’t even imagine trying to explain worms and spyware to her. She had goals and wants to achieve them, period. The logical answer: an iMac. Works great, never crashes, never gets crud from the web despite her low level of tech knowledge.

She may not use an iPod, but I do. And that has reminded me of the fine work done at Apple, and of the shoddy job so frequently done by Microsoft, Dell and the rest of the low-cost cabal. A pox on their houses, I say! The extra costs of Apple gear are minimal - a days wages if that. I’d rather be happy than cheap.

Posted by BradPDX in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 6:56 PM (CST)


I can see this turning into another Mac vs. PC argument.

Really, if you’ve never received a virus or spyware (a problem I never even heard of until the middle of this year, being a Mac user my entire life) then this article is not for you.

However, there are a lot of people who don’t even know of any alternatives to Windows, or those who have been brainwashed by the snot-nosed tech geek at your local Circuit City. Most people don’t play games on their PC or build them from scratch—most people want the internet, email and some type of word-processing program.

My mum also needed a computer for the internet—I gave her my old iMac. After 10 minutes of showing her the basics, she never asked me a question again.

God bless the Mac.


Posted by narco in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 7:08 PM (CST)


Maybe if more people had macs, there would be more viruses.

Still, 27 letters, how many letters does the wall street journal get an hour?

Posted by Earl in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 7:15 PM (CST)


btw, this is off-topic but has anyone else been having problems with getting into the forums? it brings me to an error page that says “too many connection errors” or something like that.

Posted by Lysistrata in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 7:30 PM (CST)


never happens to me, must be a windows problem:p

Posted by neotrooper in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 8:05 PM (CST)


I am switching. if I did not have an iPod I wouldn’t be aware of the great value of the 12 inch iBook. $999 is a huge deal especially when you consider what comes loaded. I’ll have to buy Office but it’s worth it. I currently have a Dell “desktop replacement” and it’s a great PC, but it’s a huge behemoth, and all I do is maintain a website and download/burn/rip music and Photoshop, basically. My daughter isn’t old enough to do anything taxing to her WinME box, so she’s good for now, but if I get a bonus this year, I’m splurging on two $999 iBooks…
Now, I think people switching because of viruses are morons… the more people switch to Mac the more attractive the platform becomes for virus writers, spyware folks, etc etc. It’s like how folks from CA moving to WA and ruining everything.

Posted by leertracy in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 8:36 PM (CST)



Funny how you said this was turning into a Mac vs. PC debate.  Well, maybe it was, but it was civilized debate until you started posting.

Your comment that snot-nosed geeks at Best Buy are brainwashing people is what makes these discussion devolve into childish rants about how good someone thinks they are for choosing a certain platform.

I haven’t used Macs enough to comment about the annoyances of virus and spyware o the platform, but I have seriously had no problems with these things in the years I’ve been using a PC.

Like you, I hooked my mother up with a computer to go online and once I explained the basics, she has had no problems whatsoever.

I don’t doubt the Macs are easy to use, but I think PC’s are pretty easy to.

Posted by Talking Madness in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 9:30 PM (CST)



Excuse me for the error, you said the snot-nosed tech geeks are at Circuit City…not Best Buy.

Posted by Talking Madness in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 9:32 PM (CST)


I’m having the same forum problems too! (I’m using a mac). It’s been happening alot lately.

Posted by Asher in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 9:40 PM (CST)


Talking madness,

It’s hard to pass up a good conspiracy theory, I just wish you would have gotten the joke.


Posted by narco in Irvine, CA on December 27, 2004 at 10:15 PM (CST)



That’s funny stuff.  I get it, now.  You’re alright, man.

Sorry for the misunderstanding…I just thought we were going down that familiar path of Mac vs. PC bickering.

“Can’t we all just get along”
—Rodney King

Posted by Talking Madness in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 1:36 AM (CST)


Haha, don’t sweat it. I should have made it more clear, but I didn’t think anyone would read it!


Posted by narco in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 2:42 AM (CST)


TBH i’ve always needed my PC for some chores, and my Mac for others… Over the years I’ve grown to not be able to live without either.

Posted by oplex in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 4:14 AM (CST)


I got an iPod 2 days ago, and i’m already considering going mac. From the second I unwapped the box I saw the class of apple. I’ve used M$ all my life and I can see the classyness of apple straight away. If only I could afford it…

Posted by neonthunder in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 7:05 AM (CST)


Make that 28 letters - I made the switch 2 years ago shortly after purchasing my first iPod.  Best decision I ever made!

Posted by jcs in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 7:34 AM (CST)


When I first got an iPod 2 years ago I thought about switching because of how great the rest of the Apple hardware looked. Then Apple came out with the 3G iPod and ignored all 1 and 2G owners, some of which only owned their iPod for a few months. After that there was no way I was ever going to switch to a Mac. With a PC I always know that my hardware will be supported for more then a few months with firmware updates.

Posted by Weasel in Irvine, CA on December 28, 2004 at 8:08 AM (CST)

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