Apple…a changing environment for audio

Posted: April 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Any of you that have used Apples for any length of time, I’m sure were both excited and irritated at the announcement of Apple moving to Intel processors a while back.  Sure the new Mac Pro line is significantly faster than the old G5, but man what a headache!  Dealing with Pro Tools compatibility alone is a nightmare, but throw in separate versions just for Intel macs and we had a recipe for disaster.  At our studio we have 1 G5 and 1 Intel Mac.  There are certain plugins that will only work on one or the other because the companies won’t re-program for intel if they are old, or won’t program for the G5 if they are new.  Anyway, to put it succinctly, The Intel transition was a huge pain in the butt.  Microsoft’s problem is they REFUSE to abandon old platforms and they keep ADDING to an already bloated OS for too long.  Apple’s problem is they leave all their old users in the dark forcing them to buy new machines.  IE: you want to run that new version of iTunes that has this and that new feature?  Well that means you have to be running OS 10.5  But you can’t run OS 10.5 because Pro Tools won’t work any more.  But you can’t upgrade Pro Tools to 8 because it’s buggy.  Ahhhh….back and forth!

I’m all for progress, but for us audio guys, it’s not so easy.  It’s not about simply buying a new computer.  (even though that’s a pretty big investment in Apple land).  You have to make sure all your other software is compatible, from OS, to DAW, to plugins…..and that it runs solid!

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’m preaching to the choir.  That diatribe brings me to here.  It’s rumored that Apple MAY be looking to AMD for new CPUS.,10206.html

So, what does that mean for us audio folks?  MORE new versions of software? MORE preplanned obsolescence? MORE forced upgrades?  I guess only time will tell.

Back to my 5 year old G5 running OS 10.4 and Pro Tools 7.4.


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