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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.

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    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. charlyc's Avatar
      charlyc -
      I guess nobody considered that Microsoft sold a lot copies online with their download link through Digital River and Apple might be capitalizing on it.
    1. ohcrapitscurtis's Avatar
      ohcrapitscurtis -
      interesting
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I love all the Windows haters. I run Vista on my desktop and never had a problem. Put Windows 7 beta on my laptop, never had a problem. I know some of you yell from the mountain tops at how great macs are. Why, as some have stated, would I spend so much more money for a platform when I can spend literally over half as much and get a computer that does the same thing? So I can say I own a Mac? No thanks.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I downloaded my copy of XP Pro that I had before downloading my copy of Windows7 Ultimate. Apple doesn't sell OSX as a download?

      Apple is finally doing what they should have been doing all along...aggressive advertising. Allthough I do not own a mac I do hope that Apple keeps coming on strong so that one day the cost between a PC and a MAC is the same. I want to switch.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      Good thing I'm wearing my aluminum foil hat! Apple's mind-control waves can't get me! Must be a slow news day for ComputerWorld to write this article.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Mac's are for art students and other "creative" people. Windows is for people who really don't care about standing out and just get on with a job without having to say "look at me, I've got a mac". As I said the statistics speak for themselves. Windows is better because it is more widely used. The only thing Apple have done that microsoft failed at was the iPod
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Mac's are for art students and other "creative" people. Windows is for people who really don't care about standing out and just get on with a job without having to say "look at me, I've got a mac". As I said the statistics speak for themselves. Windows is better because it is more widely used. The only thing Apple have done that microsoft failed at was the iPod
      I guess Fords are better than Ferraris because they are more widely used as well .
      Windows is more widely used because it was designed to run on every personal computer on the planet opposed to OS X which was designed to run on Macs only. The higher price point for an Apple computer obviously means a lower quantity demanded than that of a normal, typically cheaper PC and therefore a complementary good such as Mac OS X will have a lower demand as well...
      Once again we have a thread of uninformed people on both sides continuously regurgitating their fallacies and taking us off-topic.
    1. cjwj's Avatar
      cjwj -
      This thread seems to be turning into an apple v windows slanging match now! Anyway, Microshite nicked windows from Apple in the first place, and windows 7 is just another move closer to osx.
      There you see i'm at it now!
      sorry
      cjwj
      PS And macosx doesn't get viruses n stuff like that - na na na na na!
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Sounds like Apple getting scared from windows 7 but whos knows just my opinion

      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Mac's are for art students and other "creative" people. Windows is for people who really don't care about standing out and just get on with a job without having to say "look at me, I've got a mac". As I said the statistics speak for themselves. Windows is better because it is more widely used. The only thing Apple have done that microsoft failed at was the iPod
      Your right about that
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I guess Fords are better than Ferraris because they are more widely used as well
    1. b4lyph's Avatar
      b4lyph -
      Strange.
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I guess Fords are better than Ferraris because they are more widely used as well .
      Windows is more widely used because it was designed to run on every personal computer on the planet opposed to OS X which was designed to run on Macs only. The higher price point for an Apple computer obviously means a lower quantity demanded than that of a normal, typically cheaper PC and therefore a complementary good such as Mac OS X will have a lower demand as well...
      Once again we have a thread of uninformed people on both sides continuously regurgitating their fallacies and taking us off-topic.
      you cant compare a ford to a ferrari, thats wayyyy off the price range, compare something like a ford and a toyota, that will make more sense, and yes everyone will go with the most used, a toyota
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      What I find confusing is the ad is inferring: "Looking to upgrade your computer to Windows 7? Why not just buy a completely new computer instead?"
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      you cant compare a ford to a ferrari, thats wayyyy off the price range, compare something like a ford and a toyota, that will make more sense, and yes everyone will go with the most used, a toyota
      Yeah- I was referring more to demand of a good based on price, Ford/Ferrari popped into my mind first.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      As a Windows user I can say that is not a need to pirate or wanting to do it, but why pay hundreds when you can get it for free :P

      same with Snow Leopard, the Upgrade was only like 30 bucks or so, but even if its 5, why pay those 5 bucks plus the time to go to the store (or wait for UPS/FedEx if purchased online) when you can do a quick and free download
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Mac's DO get viruses, just very few. What would be the point of creating a virus that only attacks macs? Banks don't use macs, neither do the pentagon, so you creative a virus that will cause maximum damage. Simple as that. BTW Ford beats Toyota in everyway, except for the old Celicas.

      Final note: I have nothing against macs or OSX, except for the "holier than thou" I get off the majority of mac users. I refuse to pay 1000+ for a computer when a 700 has higher spec. Show me a mac with 8GB RAM, Quad Core Processor and a Blueray Writer for under 700.
    1. Sn4key's Avatar
      Sn4key -
      LOL, i did the same search and it popped up even on the main "yellow square" on top.. check out my attachment..
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      I think it's obvious, people are looking to download the windows 7 beta which has been widely publicized by the media. Apple assumes people looking to download and try a beta, might be in a mind set to try something new.

      Maybe?
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      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.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      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.
      Now that was mature ...