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iLife enterring niche market?
Authored by: rkchang on Jan 10, '04 04:10:31AM

I sorta see about the iLife suite enterring a niche market aimed at the amateur artist. Being an amateur musician, I can totally justify spending $49 just to get Garage Band, whose features seem to rival packages that typically cost $150+. I can see the amateur filmmaker spending hours on iMovie and iDVD (rather than pay for Final Cut Pro). Finally, iPhoto will probably be an important tool for the photo enthusiast (though Photoshop is plenty more powerful for photo tweaking).

People who want just typical everyday use are probably using most of the iLife apps minimally (except for possibly iTunes, which is likely to remain free). I have to admit that I tend to avoid iPhoto, and I haven't touched iMovie (though that may change the day I get a digital video camera). My iBook isn't equipped with a SuperDrive for iDVD. I can see the casual user who may still use some of these apps, though not to the extent that the really intense user may.

To the people who are upset over possibly having to pay for an upgrade, you may want to evaluate whether you currently use the software extensively and whether your current version gets your needs done. If so, then why bother upgrading? I can see why some people may be upset by the change from free software to paid software, but let's face's still a deal compared to most paid software suites.

Possibly the saving grace is that supposedly iLife will be bundled with new Macs, encouraging that creative outlet for new users.

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