What Do a Million PC Users Have in Common?

Besides viruses, spyware, adware and worms? Well according to;Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf in his latest report, “Windows users are buying Macs in increasing numbers,” he wrote. “We estimate in the first three quarters of calendar 2005, over one million of them have purchased a Mac compared to our estimate of 500,000 for the entire calendar year.” He then said, Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006

What does this all mean in real life? Not much in the overall scheme of Windows vs. MacOSX users. What is important is this, when Apple starts selling their Intel based machines next year, (rumor sites are now reporting Mac mini’s for the MacWorld Expo in Jan.) you will see more and more Windows users that are willing to try MacOSX as long as they have their safety net copy of; Windows installed as a dual boot.

I’m afraid, (for the competitors), iPods are not going quietly into the night anytime soon. The introduction of an iPod with video looks to be the beginning of a full line of Video iPods in the next twelve months. Apple stores keep popping up across the country and I dare anyone to walk into an Apple store to look at iPods and not look at the mini or the iMac and be impressed with the style alone. The third quarter was the largest sales quarter in the history of Apple, and the experts all say that it will only get better, even with that we may never see 10% usage of Apple computers again. But I have a feeling that 10% usage of MacOSX will be a reality sooner then we all imagine.

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

One thought on “What Do a Million PC Users Have in Common?

  1. I’m afraid I probably still won’t be able to afford a Mac, even after it goes Intel. Apple might be switching for the cheap and aboundant accessories, but the computer alone will probably run about what they are running now, if not more. Base cost for the base systems has always been what’s kept me away from the Mac, and then to think about the accessory costs, you’re lucky to get away with all limbs attached.

    Yes, I’m cheap, or very, very thrifty, but I don’t have a few thousand to throw into a computer. Even if I did, I’d probably buy an Alienware PC instead. Basically, it’d do everything business related I want, plus play all of my favorite video games. Then again, video games is where the Mac is weakest. Until there is a large enough market for Mac versions of games, I can see this as a deciding factor for most people like me.

    On another note, since Mac OSX is BSD based, once more game vendors begin shipping games for OSX, the code could probably more easily be ported to Linux (my OS of choice). This would be great news for Linux gaming enthusiasts!

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