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May

Apple.com Sees Visitor Increase

author alang

A month after Windows Vista was released, Apple.com spiked in its number of frequent visitors from 27.3 million in March to 38.8 million by the end of April. This is nearly a 42% increase in only two months!

Theorists estimate the cause was one of several things. These include people interested in the iPhone, the new 8-Core Mac Pro (trump that behemoth PCs!), the Mac OS X Leopard delay and even the new Final Cut Pro suite. However, I have a completely different theory: the release of Windows Vista.

Windows Vista has single handedly become the biggest operating system converter of all the Windows platforms. Many users are going to Linux (the tech savvy ones) and some, with the money, are looking into Mac OS X (some tech savvy, some not) as, for the basic user, it has everything they need. So it’s only natural for people to check out the Apple site to see what’s available and how much they should be looking to spend versus upgrading (covered in my blog yesterday which focuses in on the cost for the average user to upgrade).

Is there any real way to find this out? No, but I can assume it’s because Windows Vista based on several things.

1) The iPhone, while great, isn’t something that many PC users are actually looking into. Sure, some are, but most just want their Blackberry’s and the like. Most people wanting the iPhone are Mac users, which wouldn’t cause a huge increase to the Apple website.

2) The 8-Core Mac Pro is incredibly expensive. Most users won’t care enough to look into it because of that. So, 11 million people looking into just that? Heck no, I’d say a few thousand at most.

3) Mac OS X Leopard is something that you’ll find more about on third party sources than actually on the Apple website, and I’ll reiterate what I said about the iPhone, most users wanting this are already Mac users.

4) New Final Cut Pro Suite? Please read answers to 1 and 3.

So, is it safe to say that many of the new visitors are wannabe switchers? I’d say so, though there may be others reasons currently unknown.

–William Bokunic


8 Comments »

Comment by rootkowski on 2007-05-15 18:37:13

Recently I’ve been visiting apple.com just to nag on them to release iTunes for Linux and checking if they have :-)

I’m one of those who are not satisfied with xp and will not switch to vista because of the price and constant problems with MS’ new system. Then since I don’t have enough money for vista I definitely don’t have enough for a 24-inch iMac (that I dream of). The only solution (at the moment) was to switch to Ubuntu.

 
Comment by William on 2007-05-15 18:50:55

Don’t use iTunes. It’s horrible. On Linux you can install a program called Rockbox onto the iPod (for Windows and Mac OS X as well) and it completely upgrades the iPod by replacing the OS on it. You have more abilities, can play better games (iDoom) and can theme the iPod. Plus, you don’t need iTunes. All you have to do is drag and drop music files onto the iPod drive (new folders are essentially playlists or sub-directories for more folders of playlists).

 
Comment by Jake Moore on 2007-05-15 21:10:15

Rockbox doesn’t work with the new 2nd Gen nanos nor the 80gb 5.5 video.

 
Comment by William on 2007-05-15 21:13:03

Are you sure? I’m pretty sure that it works on every iPod.

 
Comment by Jugalug on 2007-05-16 19:26:59

From Rockbox website: “Apple: iPod 4th gen (grayscale and color), 5th/5.5th gen (Video - 30GB and 60GB models only), 1st gen Nano and Mini 1st/2nd gen (Nano 2nd gen and 80GB Video 5.5th gen are not supported)”

 
Comment by William on 2007-05-16 22:52:27

Oh, okay. Hopefully that’ll be fixed soon enough. iPod’s are pretty bad though, Rockbox makes them decent.

 
Comment by Adam on 2007-05-18 07:38:18

on and on and on about how the iPod sucks. Why? No FM tuner? It’s an MP3 Player. One popular purpose of buying an MP3 player is to get away from what I call “FM Dependency”. Now how about one with an HD Radio tuner? that would be amazing. Okay so it’s not skinnable? … and? The iPod OS is very stable. It does what it’s supposed to do and that’s play and organize music well. Photo and Video are extras.

 
Comment by William on 2007-05-18 07:41:03

When basically every other MP3 player out there has an FM tuner, microphone and such (many more features than the iPod), have basically the same capacity, aren’t iTunes dependant (drag and drop into the HD icon basically) and are cheaper, the iPod’s then suck.

 
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