Quote johnny h:
My main point, which seems to have been obscured in a lot of nastiness and anti-apple sentiment ...
No nastiness or anti-apple sentiment was intended, just a reaction to the tired and hackneyed anti-windows nonsense that so pervades the computer audio world.
was that for those musicians without much computer expertise, it is easier to get on with making music on a mac. No viruses, firewalls, everything just seems to work without any trouble. This is has been my experience, and the experience of many musicians I have worked with.
I'm not sure why some people take such offence at this! Its just worth mentioning, it can really sort out your workflow if you're having computer problems.
Even better would be a computer put together by a specialist for the purpose of audio use, which are common and affordable, and offer audio-specialist after sales support which you won't get from anyone else including Apple. To say everything on Macs always works without troubles is naive, disingenuous and unhelpful.
Many of us windows users are simply tired of hearing the same old dated rubbish parroted by some Apple zealots about how Macs are better than PCs (or more accurately, OSX is better than Windows). I'm sure plenty of people have had an improved experience when switching, either due to having irresolvable problems on their inadequate windows box or simply prefering the style of OSX or it's exclusive software, but a well designed Windows machine will offer just as reliable experience, and current benchmarks show the maturity of ASIO audio and better handling of mutliple threads in Windows gives better audio performance than OSX, but you don't get windows zealots stirring up stuff about this on the Mac forums because you rarely get windows zealots - most of us use it for technical reasons rather than any sense of loyalty or fandom.
P.S. OSX, like Windows, has a firewall built in.