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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:

    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.

    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.
    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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Does boot camp support windows 7?
    1. N4cer's Avatar
      N4cer -
      I'm disappointed. Pirated OSX will be used when I set up my OSx86.
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      Why would Apple target Windows piraters? Frankly, I don't have a clue. And I'm not completely convinced they're targeting pirates, either.
      ...

      Not particularly exciting, right?
      Took the words right out of my mouth.
    1. rumcajs's Avatar
      rumcajs -
      @tudtran...yes it does
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      I bought Windows 7 for my laptop which has 4gb of memory. I like it, but I won't lie, I downloaded a copy for my desktop in the living room. I wish is was like Office, can be used in more then one computer,
    1. jltdhome's Avatar
      jltdhome -
      If Mac is all great and powerful then why build something like Boot Camp to RUN Windows on your Mac (Apple - Mac OS X - Windows Compatibility - How Mac works with PCs). 99% of Mac owners run Windows in some way. Theres nothing (other than the iPhone SDK) a Mac can do that a PC cant. Its a Windows world. The world runs on it and I fear that no matter how many Im a Mac and Im a PC ads run, thats never going to change. Apple is going to have to wake up and start offering their Operating System to everyone. Maybe then well see Microsoft advertising how Windows "plays nice" with others and can run MacOSX too. Also, enjoy your games. lol
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jltdhome View Post
      99% of Mac owners run Windows in some way.
      Source?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I guess I am in the 1% that doesn't
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by xmanix View Post
      no, not exactly. i was just saying if apple were targeting pirates, it could be because they know that you'd have to be a (PC Using ) pirate to pirate their OS for a "Hackintosh" PC. like the ones sold by Pysar. and a pirate is a pirate, for rich or poor, so if a pirate were searching to pirate windows 7, said pirate has probably looked into pirating OSX on PC, i've read into creating a hackintosh machine, and its not exactly "fool proof" and the hacked OS doesn't run as smoothly. so if in the midst of failure and looking forward to OSX on your PC a pirate could finally after however much time put into this, give up and be enticed to look into the add.

      me personally i wasn't to cheap to pay the price for the upgrade, i tested the beta releases of 7, and it was worth it.

      also i'm pretty sure apple isn't targeting anyone and this is just a coincidence in the tag's
      ARRRRR , what he said . ARRR!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I guess I am in the 1% that doesn't
      That would make 2 of us...
    1. jltdhome's Avatar
      jltdhome -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Source?
      Common sense. Dont you use Windows?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jltdhome View Post
      Common sense. Dont you use Windows?
      Not in over 5 years
    1. jltdhome's Avatar
      jltdhome -
      Also, before anybody gets on my case about why im on this forum in the first place. Since this IS an Apple tech forum. I love the iPhone. Its a great phone. Is it the best? Right now it is (Im man enough to admit it). But any intelligent person can see that Android is the future. You have all these different manufacturers getting together on ONE universal platform. You know something great is going to happen. I for one am not a fan of Apple's approval methods for the AppStore. Anyways im going off topic. I didn't mean to turn this into a flame war. Im a gadget freak and if I had enough money to throw around on stupid toys, id probably buy a Mac just to have one and play around with it. But I cant justify spending $1600 on a laptop when I have a perfectly good computer that does everything I want it to do without having to boot into another OS.

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Not in over 5 years
      If you haven't used it then how can you judge it? Its like me saying Snow Leopard blows because I hated Tiger.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jltdhome View Post


      If you haven't used it then how can you judge it? Its like me saying Snow Leopard blows because I hated Tiger.
      Lol, I never said anything about it...Paranoid much?? Go read through the thread buddy
    1. jltdhome's Avatar
      jltdhome -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Lol, I never said anything about it...Paranoid much?? Go read through the thread buddy
      Always paranoid :-) Its my job.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Murfunit View Post
      interested in a real OS?
      A real OS? Sorry but the market share speaks for itself. Isn't Windows as a whole up around the 80% mark? With OSX below 15%? I bet Linux isn't far behind
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by jltdhome View Post
      If Mac is all great and powerful then why build something like Boot Camp to RUN Windows on your Mac (Apple - Mac OS X - Windows Compatibility - How Mac works with PCs). 99% of Mac owners run Windows in some way. Theres nothing (other than the iPhone SDK) a Mac can do that a PC cant. Its a Windows world. The world runs on it and I fear that no matter how many Im a Mac and Im a PC ads run, thats never going to change. Apple is going to have to wake up and start offering their Operating System to everyone. Maybe then well see Microsoft advertising how Windows "plays nice" with others and can run MacOSX too. Also, enjoy your games. lol
      This pissed me off and disappointed me...see, I was gonna give you a thanks for a relatively mature post (not many of those on this site recently) then your last five words completely and utterly ruined it; now you've been put in the playroom with all the other children here. Not everyone plays games, genius...
      That said, I've been playing L4D2, CSS, COD4 and Team Fortress 2 on my Macbook Pro beautifully for the past few weeks. I'll be doing some Modern Warfare 2 next week. I may get Borderlands as well.
      Also, enjoy your games. lol
      I bloody well do.
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Source?
      none ...

      People who buy macs JUST to run windows on bootcamp are complete idiots

      Why target piraters? its so simple 0$ for pirating and (X)000$ (X states for a number, i had to explain this because kids would cry trying to understand this) quadruple digit for buying a mac
    1. sane's Avatar
      sane -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Does boot camp support windows 7?
      no.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Yeah... After Crapsta (Win Vista), there has never been a better time to switch. I don't care if Win7 is the best thing since toilet paper, I'm switching to a Mac. I have never been so frustrated, disappointed, and insulted over a piece of computer software in my life.

      People pirate Microsoft software because it isnt worth paying for (I am not endorsing pirating).

      Next stop - Mac'ville

      tim