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QotD: True Cost of Mac OS X

Question: What's the true cost of Mac OS X to you?

My Answer: Rosyna comes up with a number of about $300. I'd tend to agree, though I have added a few of my must-haves (none of which will be my own software. I'll go with MSRP, and not the prices I've paid for things, if I've even paid… The sum total:

Mac OS X                $129
iLife '04                 49
QuickTime Pro             30
.Mac                     100
LaunchBar                 20
TypeIt4Me                 27
Synergy                   10
Total                   $365

Yes, I use iPhoto and iMovie. Not so much iDVD. Yes, I use .Mac. And yes, I view enough movies and whatnot that I don't care for the splash screen in QT non-Pro. LaunchBar and Synergy keep my hands on the keyboard, and TypeIt4Me makes sure I don't have to type more than necessary.

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8 Responses to "QotD: True Cost of Mac OS X"

  1. Have you checked out VLC yet? It's a very nice quicktime replacement, and supports a wide range of formats, and if you like foreign movies, has a subtitle format that's separate from the movie (sorry, my anime problem is showing :). Either way, it seems to be a lot more robust in general than QT is, or perhaps what QT offers is more in the unseen - but coming from the Windows world of media, QT is... well, I'll be kind and say I'd prefer something that had better support for non-native formats.

  2. Just please answer the question, OK? I'm not an idiot. I have VLC too. It's not nearly as elegant or ten other things as QT Player. And it doesn't add things like "save from web" and so on.

    So, again, just answer the darn question. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I'll do it in dollars, I guess ๐Ÿ˜€

    OS X: $130

    iLife (for iPhoto, really): $49

    VLC: nowt

    Quicksilver (long since replaced LB for me): nowt

    DEVONthink: $40

    OmniWeb: $19.95 (edu)

    $238.95. I could live without OmniWeb (Saft+Safari instead?) and DEVONthink, and there are alternatives to iLife if I only need photo management. The lesson? Pretty much everything you want to do can be had for free รขโ‚ฌโ€ and Quicksilver shows that it can even be better รขโ‚ฌโ€ but you can pay if you want the choice.

    Much of my daily work is done in either the bundled apps รขโ‚ฌโ€ Mail, for example รขโ‚ฌโ€ or with free software. I could pretty much set up a machine for my use, and be happy with it, using only Fink and VersionTracker.

  4. Ok, so sticking to the OS itself: OS X (0 EUR - how do you calculate ADC? - let's say 129 EUR to make it comparable), QT Pro 30 EUR, FTPeel 18.13 EUR (FTP helper is required because the Finder's support is, umm, not so good ;-), iLife 49 EUR / USD, QuickSilver 0 EUR, .Mac 100 EUR

    Total: 326.13 EUR

  5. Okay, things without which OS X is useless:

    OS X: $130

    Office V.X: $500

    ARD: $400 or so

    Script Debugger: $189

    Ecto: $25

    Paul Berkowitz's iCal/AB Entourage sync scripts: $30

    Transmit: $25

    BBEdit: $200

    Total cost of Mac OS X *for me*: roughly $1500 US

    No, I don't expect that anyone will agree, but that is what *I* need for OS X to be useful, therefore, those are unavoidable costs.


  6. Save $20 for the LaunchBar. Use QuickSilver instead which gives you more for less. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OS X - $69 (edu)

    iLife '04 - $49

    Shapeshifter - $20

    Silk - $10

    Adobe Creative Suite Premium - $374 (edu)

    total cost = $522

  8. The True Cost of Mac OS X

    From NSLog();

    "Question: What's the true cost of Mac OS X to you?"

    My answer:



    OS X



    MS Office v.X1



    BBEdit Pro2