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11-04-2009, 10:40 PM #1
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.
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.
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.
Image via ComputerWorld
11-04-2009, 10:45 PM #2
Interesting read for sure. Now who in the world would want pirate windows software?
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11-04-2009, 10:47 PM #3
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11-04-2009, 11:13 PM #5
You almost have to pirate it. It normally isn't worth paying for
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11-04-2009, 11:16 PM #6
Windows 7? Remember all those AOL CDs in the mail for free?
11-04-2009, 11:17 PM #7
11-04-2009, 11:23 PM #8
It almost makes sense actually
Mac OS X users looking for a cheap way to get WIn 7 for their virtual machine or Bootcamp partition? It's not like it's an OS you'd use exclusively so why buy it at full price if you can get a bootleg?
Hence Apple targeting those searches for their ads.
Another thought: If you're not willing to buy Win 7 maybe you're not all that thrilled with MS and Winblows? So might be interested in a real OS?
Dunno if that makes sense to anyone else but it had a twisted sort of logic to me.Je t'aime encore, Roguette
11-04-2009, 11:39 PM #9
Or maybe Apple is just trying to get a new angle on advertisement, one thing they have to be hating on is the people that are turning their machines into a "Hackintosh" who else would even attempt this but a "pirate".
i don't have anything against any OS, i prefer windows because i can easily customize my machine but Apple has done a great job at making their popular devices compatible with each other... that would make me want a mac, and "if" i ever pirated anything, i'd probably would have looked into getting osx on my customizable PC set up, and as complicated as that is, one little add like that may be the turning point where said "pirate" gives up and buys a mac.
apple is being smart and trying to close gaps... at least thats what i would think.
11-04-2009, 11:41 PM #10
11-04-2009, 11:44 PM #11
That's retarded. If they're too cheap to buy Windows 7, they're going to be way too cheap to buy overpriced Mac crap. And if it's directed at Mac users wanting it for their Boot Camp partition that don't make any sense either, since they already have Macs.
11-04-2009, 11:47 PM #12
Messany, do a search for "Upgrade Windows 7" and you will see this ad as well. Apple just didn't choose to bid for the other keywords like "Buy Windows 7", but that does not mean that they are trying to advertise to Windows 7 pirates. Download and upgrade are very popular keywords, so it makes sense for Apple to use these.
11-04-2009, 11:47 PM #13
i'm cheap to0 up until i can't find a viable cheaper solution. it can be extremely hard to create a hackintosh PC, and if you want osx bad enough to mesh with your iDevice or what have you, you may be pushed into getting it. Pirate or not.
11-04-2009, 11:48 PM #14
^ like (dunlapface's post)
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11-05-2009, 12:05 AM #18
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
11-05-2009, 12:06 AM #19
i tryed to search for download snow leopard just out of curiosity i dont get google ads i must have disabled them sometime ago lol damn the one time i wana see ads haha o wellYeah, you'll be the coolest person in the room when you pull one out and show it around, but that gets old fast when three other people have them and one person somehow has one that glows in the dark.
John C. Dvorak
The American columnist and broadcaster in article 'Rethinking the iPhone' in PC Magazine.
11-05-2009, 12:11 AM #20
yeah i don't get ads for that either, Microsoft needs to jump on that lol.