man to be honest, if you can tweak out a PC for your purpose, then it's just as good as a Mac. A mac crashes just as hard as a PC. The whole point is that it *works*.
Especially if a business relies on it. (Ex. A recording studio). If the computer is down, then the entire studio is down.
However, jumping from to studio to studio, I see where apple put thier advertising money. For those studios that are DAW based, in my opinion, it feels like 60-80% of studios today (project and commercial) favor macs. Not really because they are the end all be all of production computers, but for the same reasons you buy a brand name without really knowing how it works.
That may always change tommorow.
But to be fair to Mac, a company can give you a better guarantee if they know exactly what specs the general consumer will have (a pre built mac).
So for example, I wouldn't be too sure how Digidesign, or Steinberg can advertise "a really stable software layout" on a computer stuffed with assorted parts (privately built as opposed to licensed). Which is why digidesign has the disclaimer on thier website.
So of course, Digidesign can establish that relationship with Apple and then offer its clientel a good spec for Mac users.
I suppose when you're spending that much on a studio anyway, it's easier to get a decked out G5 from a brand name, rather than making a PC for less, but also in potentially dangerous waters. You get a warranty on the parts, but not the whole package. There's really no way a company can guarantee that.
I've always crossed platforms (G4, G5 to PC) and to me, both seem about equal.
The determining factor for me is customer support and software licensing. Some great software will be strictly Mac only and vice versa. Mac receives certain software fixes/updates earlier than PC and vice versa. You would just have to know that trend based on track record. Then you can make a better desicion for your purpose for the now, but also in the future.
So what I've gathered over the years is that if you are flawless (at least good) at building computers, go PC. But if you have no idea what specs do to your production software and how to make the most of it, save some serious cash and go Mac.
Last edited by LeeRosario; 07-02-2006 at 15:51.
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