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Chapter 9. Digital HubbubMusic, Movies, and More on Your Mac

Chapter 9. Digital Hubbub
Music, Movies, and More on Your Mac

Not so long ago, Steve Jobs took the stage at a gathering of the Mac faithful and proclaimed that the Macintosh was, from this day forward, more than just a computer. Unbeknownst to legions of Mac users, the stylish box sitting on their desktops or in their laps was not a mere thinking machine. It was, in fact, a digital hub—a go-between box for such multimedia thingamabobs as digital cameras and camcorders, portable MP3 players, home DVD players, and external speakers.

OK, so such a proclamation likely originated in Apple's marketing department rather than in R & D. Despite the hype, there's a fair dollop of truth in the statement. The Mac has long been the platform of choice for those professionals who work with audio, video, and graphic design. Jobs could have made this same statement long ago.


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