Tag Archive for ‘Windows’

The End of iTunes on Windows XP, Vista, and Original Apple TV ➝

Apple:

Starting May 25, Apple will introduce security changes that prevent older Windows PCs from using the iTunes Store. If you have Windows XP or Vista PC, your computer is no longer supported by Microsoft, and you’re not able to use the latest version of iTunes.

You can continue to use previous versions of iTunes on your Windows PC without support from Apple. However, you won’t be able to make new purchases from the iTunes Store or redownload previous purchases on that computer. […]

Also beginning May 25, security changes will prevent Apple TV (1st generation) from using the iTunes Store. This device is an obsolete Apple product and will not be updated to support these security changes.

I have Snow Leopard installed on an external hard drive that I’ve connected to an old iMac. The version of iTunes on that drive is still compatible with Requiem, which let’s me remove the DRM from movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store. From there, I can transfer the DRM-free video files into Plex — my preferred media playback app.

But I suspect this will no longer be possible when Apple flips the switch on May 25. And once again, I’ll be stuck watching newly purchased iTunes content in Apple’s apps.

(Via The Loop.)

Microsoft Surface Laptop ➝

This is the best windows laptop I’ve ever seen. But unfortunately, it’s in a form factor I’m no longer interested in and runs an operating system that I don’t want to use. In recent years I’ve realized that there’s only room for two categories of non-pocketable machines in my life — a high-powered desktop with a large screen, a role that will likely be filled by an iMac in the near future, and an iPad. I don’t even want a laptop anymore.

As for the operating system, I switched from Windows to macOS in 2006 and never looked back. Without some drastic changes to the third-party software ecosystem and user interface, I don’t think I’d consider using it unless I was given no other option.

’Most People Don’t Draw Professionally’ ➝

John Gruber:

I tried out a Surface Studio in Microsoft’s San Francisco store (in the Westfield Mall) yesterday evening. It’s an interesting machine, as well-built as promised. And I do think it might prove useful and very popular with people who draw professionally. Most people don’t draw professionally, though. And using a pen or fingers on a mouse pointer-based OS remains as clunky as ever. Also, for what it’s worth, drawing latency on the Studio is OK, but not as good as on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. And there’s noticeable parallax between the glass surface and the actual pixels of the display.

I don’t draw professionally.

If I had $3,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I think I’d buy a 27-inch iMac with a 256GB SSD, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 128GB of storage, and an Apple Pencil.

Why I Still Buy Apple Hardware ➝

Ben Brooks, regarding the Surface Studio’s biggest flaw:

When I was talking about the Surface Studio on Twitter, someone responded “have you guys even used Windows lately”. I chuckled, because I have, and it’s shit. Anyone who thinks the Surface Studio makes up for that, is going to be really fucking sad.

No good Markdown writing apps, no robust note taking app market (hope you love OneNote), or good apps period. The apps look like apps out of 2003, and don’t even hold a candle to many of the free apps on Mac or iOS.

I originally switched to the Mac in 2006 because I fell in love with Apple’s hardware designs. After purchasing an iPod nano and fifth-generation iPod, I wanted that experience to extend behind my music listening.

I bought the base model white plastic MacBook and upgraded the RAM and hard drive myself, shortly after taking it home. What followed was serval weeks (or months) of discovery. There were all of these incredible third-party developers making some of the most well-designed applications I’ve ever seen.

I may have switched to the Mac because of the hardware, but I’ve stayed on Apple’s platforms because of the software. Nothing on Windows compares to the fit and finish of apps like Transmit, Alfred, Ulysses, and countless more. I haven’t dipped my toes in the other pond as recently as Ben — it’s been a few years since I’ve used a Windows machine for any meaningful length of time — but the impression that I get is that very little has changed on this front.

Instagram Introduces Windows 10 Tablet App ➝

From the Instagram weblog:

In April, we brought Instagram to Windows 10 Mobile. Now, Instagram for Windows 10 tablets includes all of your favorite features, including Instagram Stories, Direct and Explore. And you’ll be able to capture, edit and share directly from your Windows 10 tablet device.

It’s astonishing that Instagram released a tablet app on Windows before an iPad app. This has to be some kind of joke, right?

On Apple’s Move to Intel

Christina Warren wrote a great piece for Mashable about the transition Apple made to Intel processors. A platform shift that took place ten years ago and something that no other computer company has been able to successfully perform in history.

I especially enjoyed this bit, which brought back memories of my decision to switch to the Mac in 2006, the very same year Apple moved to Intel.

Thanks to the iPod, Mac usage was on the rise. But by moving to Intel and gaining support for Windows via Boot Camp or a virtualization program, millions of people who wanted a Mac — but couldn’t commit to giving up Windows — could finally have both.

Nowhere was this more evident than with the MacBook: the 13.3-inch Intel notebook Apple first released in May 2006.

The MacBook wasn’t the first Intel-based Mac (an Intel iMac as well as 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros were released in early 2006), but it was the most important.

The first Mac I ever owned was that 13.3-inch MacBook with a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Apple’s switch to Intel was the reason why I stopped using Windows and moved to macOS.

I remember a neighborhood friend suggesting that I purchase an iBook a couple of years prior and I laughed at the idea. I was a major PC enthusiast that liked building my own machines, overclocking, and tweaking the system to get the best performance possible. How was I going to do that with a Mac? It wasn’t going to happen.

All that changed, though, when Apple announced the switch to Intel and, of course, Boot Camp. I was months away from graduating high school and was in search of a laptop that I could bring with me to classes when I started attending college that fall.

And Apple was offering me a crutch to lean on — if I didn’t like macOS, I could always install Windows and run that instead. I was still clinging to my home-built desktop PC, but a laptop was an entirely different story. It’s not like I was going to build my own laptop.

After mulling over the decision for a few months, I decided to buy the lowest-end Apple notebook and upgrade the machine’s RAM and hard drive. The aftermarket components were much cheaper than buying upgrades from Apple and it gave me an opportunity to get my hands dirty and take the machine apart.

I never did install Windows on that MacBook. Or any of the other five Macs I’ve owned throughout the years. Hell, I’m not sure I’ve ever even launched the Boot Camp utility. The last Windows box I ever owned was that same home-built PC that I had when I purchased my MacBook. And I don’t expect that’ll ever change.

Windows 10 Is Doubling Its Ads in the Start Menu ➝

I can’t imagine using an operating system that included advertising in the primary system menu. I clearly made the right decision by switching to OS X nearly ten years ago.

(Via NSShadowcat.)

Run Windows 10 on your Mac for Free ➝

Keir Thomas:

Having a Windows installation at hand is always useful for those rare instances when OS X can’t meet your needs. But what if I told you that you can get Windows 10 on your Mac, entirely for free, direct from Microsoft, and with Microsoft’s blessing?

This is a great tip. Especially for web developers that would like to test their sites on Windows browsers.