Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Microsoft iPod

I have been a PC/Windows user all of my adult life. I'm really not sure how it happened. My dad and most of the rest of my family are devoted Apple users. They, like most Apple devotees, swear by their ease of use and dependability. Yet, I somehow veered into the darkside without even knowing it.

Well, I got an Apple iPod last Christmas, which I absolutely LOVE, and learned about all of the cool things that Apple has been doing. I've definitely been swayed by their "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" ad campaign. I've even decided that the next computer I want to get should be a Mac Mini, the small, low-budget computer that would serve as a media hub in the entertainment center of my dreams. I believe I have seen the light, and I now appreciate the beauty of simplicity, which is a key component of Apple's business and design philosophies.

That is why this video was just so funny. It humorously and accurately illustrates how something so mundane as the packaging of an iPod can reflect the complexities/simplicities of a company. It asks a very basic question: What if Microsoft packaged the iPod? The results are very funny in their hypothetical accuracy. I laughed out loud.

p.s. Notice the music from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. That music always cracks me up.

Update: Microsoft recently announced its forthcoming iPod competitor, Zune. So, We may see how accurate this video is very soon.