Quick, someone talk me out of this…
January 8, 2009 § 1 Comment
I’m about to make a decision on a new computer.
I got some gift cards for Christmas (and hopefully a few more for my birthday next week) and I’ve been trying to decide what to get with them.
I’d really like a new iPod, since my 5 1/2 year old, 10 gig (not even photo capable) only works with my car interface – the center button doesn’t work anymore, so it’s useless for anything outside of the car.
Problem: my 5 year old Powerbook only has OS 10.3, and the new iPods require at least 10.4.
Sure, I could buy Leopard, and a new battery (since mine only goes about 45 minutes before it dies), but why spend $300 to keep a 5 year old computer running, when I could buy a brand new netbook for $350? Or better yet, a brand new full sized PC laptop for about $500 (and have the same amount or more hard drive space, RAM, processing power, etc. as a Mac).
I love my mac, but I’m having a really hard time justifying spending $1000 on a new one. With the new features in Vista (which I still don’t like, but it’s growing on me), I can use Windows Photo Gallery instead of iPhoto, Movie Maker has some pretty good improvements, and combined with Photo Story it’s almost as good as iMovie, which I haven’t really used recently, anyway.
And iTunes…well, that’s the big kicker. If I was using a Windows machine in the first place, none of this would be an issue. You see, in order to use a new iPod, it really isn’t the OS that’s the problem. It’s iTunes. You need iTunes 8, but iTunes 8 won’t run on OS 10.3. It will, however, run on XP AND Vista. Now, I understand why Apple would make it run on XP, but it seems like they’ve abandoned their own users by making 10.3 obsolete. I shouldn’t have to buy a brand new operating system (granted, at much less of a cost than a new PC OS) when PC users with 5 year old machines don’t have to.
So that’s my dilemma. I’m on the verge of switching back to PC just because it costs too darn much money to own a mac.
Or am I just talking crazy? Someone, please…set me on the right path.