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  • Is Apple Hunting Windows 7 Pirates?



    The conspiracy theorists are out in full force tonight.

    The latest rumor generated by Apple spies snooping around the world wide web for clues to potentially subversive tactics designed to bring about the destruction of Microsoft indicates that Apple may be targeting the growing bastion of Windows 7 pirates.

    The driving force behind the speculation are the ads that Apple is purchasing on Google. The situation is now being actively covered by numerous media outlets, including the folks at ComputerWorld:

    Originally Posted by :
    Search for "download Windows 7" and you'll see an Apple ad urging PC users to switch to the Mac. But search for "buy Windows 7" and you'll see no such ad. Do a search on "download Windows 7" or "Windows 7 download" and you'll see the Apple ad on the right-hand side of the page, under the "Sponsored Links" section.
    The ad in question simply states the following: "Upgrading to Windows 7? There's never been a better time to switch to a Mac. Find out why."

    Not particularly exciting, right? But the suggestion offered by the mere existence of these ads lends considerable credence to those thinking that Apple is indeed targeting Windows 7 pirates.

    Originally Posted by :
    But do a search for "buy Windows 7" or "get Windows 7" or "purchase Windows 7" or "Windows 7" and no ads from Apple for Macs appear.
    What's being inferred by that statement is obvious. A Windows pirate would likely not use the words "buy" or "purchase" in their searches for Windows 7. "Download" is always the million-dollar word for hackers and pirates. And, at least on the surface, it would seem that this is the intended group for the new round of suspicious Apple ads on Google.
    Originally Posted by :
    Why would Apple target Windows piraters? Frankly, I don't have a clue. And I'm not completely convinced they're targeting pirates, either. So if you have an answer to the mystery, or a theory about it, let me know below.
    Ditto.

    Image via ComputerWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Apple Hunting Windows 7 Pirates? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Apple is just trying to reel in the folks looking to upgrade from XP/Vista to Win7. It makes perfect sense.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      It's advertising, simple as that. No conspiracy theory or other ulterior motives.
      Advertising to increase the bottom line, which for any corporations goal is to increase value to the shareholders through expansion into markets, cost reductions through 'savings' and reductions of (benefits, employees, etc).

      Also, there is no such thing as bad advertising...even with all the 'wars' going on in here...it is still advertising,
      and piques interest....
    1. eternalza's Avatar
      eternalza -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodgod2 View Post
      Pc is for poor people and Mac is for rich people. There i said it! can we stop this WAR between which one is better.

      No one is perfect therefore no computer is perfect.
      PC is for poor people? My PC costs over $3000. lol Not to mention that I might be getting a MBP for around $2600 next year for school. Where would someone that owns a PC and a Mac be put in your world?
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eternalza View Post
      PC is for poor people? My PC costs over $3000. lol Not to mention that I might be getting a MBP for around $2600 next year for school. Where would someone that owns a PC and a Mac be put in your world?
      Some people are taking my comment way too seriously....
      It obviously that the cheapest Mac available cost more then most good pc is what im saying. An average family or person for that matter cant afford a mac like myself.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      well true or not it makes for a good theory about apple being scared about windows and why all the anti windows commercials? or is justin long just having a hard time landing a real acting job?

      Quote Originally Posted by goodgod2 View Post
      Some people are taking my comment way too seriously....
      It obviously that the cheapest Mac available cost more then most good pc is what im saying. An average family or person for that matter cant afford a mac like myself.
      yea and not everyones parents can afford to buy things like that when you whine. my pc cost about $800.00 it serves it function very well. would i love a mac? yes but cant afford it so this will do
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Absolute perfection!!!
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      It makes perfect sense to me. The most popular keywords people use on the internet is Download and Upgrade, never 'buy'. We all know how Apple is against pirating and jailbreaking.. anything for free. They're targeting people looking to upgrade or get Windows 7. With the marketing done by Microsoft... Apple wants all those potential Windows 7 Users to be MAC users instead.

      I highly doubt Apple would want pirates focused on their software lol.
    1. Freerunnering's Avatar
      Freerunnering -
      the reason that download windows 7 and pirated copies are more common is BECAUSE windows 7 ultimate costs """600"""
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      lol that sucks
    1. Nano2k's Avatar
      Nano2k -
      As person that uses both systems and enjoys both of them I think it's a little sad to see the type of fanboystic comments you get here even from moderators which as their name implies should be here to make sure that the comments are "moderated"... It's difficult to know if they really mean what they say or if they just do it because they can and like stirring up controversy.

      The OS is only "better" if you personally think so. Windows will always have a greater market share since the Apple tax cost is too high for most to afford.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      I have to admit. I'm a bit confused.

      So.... how many people do any of you know that are willing to pirate applications and not have an ad-blocker on their browser?

      Seriously? Not a single one of you pointed out the largest flaw in the entire conspiracy theory?

      Really?