iTunes for Windows, iChat next?

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  1. Sol macrumors 68000

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    I was thinking about the applications that Apple could port to Windows without taking anything away from its Mac sales and iChat seems to be the most logical candidate. iChat for Windows would not only sell a lot of iSights but it would also benefit us Mac users with friends we would like to teleconference with but do not have a Mac.

    What do people think? Is iChat headed for a conversion or is iTunes as far as Apple goes into the Windows software market?
     
  2. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    It would be great to see iChat AV for Windows, then I could do video calls to my parents at home whenever I miss seeing my dog or seeing everyone at home.
     
  3. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    Well it may well just happen, Apple and AOL are in bed with each other so its another logically step :)
     
  4. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000

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    Before there is iChat for windows, I think the mac version still needs some major work. I use it as my main chat client, mainly since I can't stand AIM for mac.

    iChat still needs:
    better support for buddylists
    support for animated buddy icons
    et cetera
     
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    One thing I'd like to see is the ability to do direct connect with AIM users to transfer pics and such.
     
  6. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    I think it's more likely that AOL will use the standards in iChat AV to make it compatible so we can video conference with AOL IM users on the PC.

    I wish Apple would add support for animated buddy icons as well! I've sent feedback several times on that matter and I'm sure many others have as well. I guess Apple doesn't like animated buddy icons.
     
  7. Schiffi macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather see iChat abilities in AIM and vice versa. More people would use an update to AIM rather than a new program (iChat). Just make AIM for PC use the same process that iChat AV uses for video/audio chat. Maybe add Rendezvous to AIM for PC as well. I'd like to see auto away messages and animated buddy icons for iChat.
     
  8. snahabed macrumors regular

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    I was thinking about this as well.

    I am not of the "port everything to Windows!" camp, but if the purpose of iTunes for Windows is to sell iPods, then wouldn't iChat for Windows sell iSights?

    Of course, I can imagine that the iPod has way higher profit margins than the iSight (or not?), and therefore it might not be worth the effort. But let's face it, the iSight is a top notch camera, and NOTHING on Windows comes close to the quality of the iSight/iChat combo.

    Hmm add USB to iSight 2, and maybe? :)
     
  9. arn macrumors god

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    What Apple desperately needs to port to the PC is a Keynote Player.

    arn
     
  10. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    I AGREE!! I did a pres for work and had to export to quicktime and then install quicktime on our laptop which ran slooow...and keynote player would have made the whole process easier!
     
  11. bertagert macrumors 6502

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    Funny thing is, I work on three PC's and one mac. I don't find Quicktime to be "slow" on the PC. It works just fine. What is everyone doing with Quicktime on their PC's that makes it so slow? Yes, launch time is faster on the mac but thats about it for me.

    Is it the ability to expand the window an such? Ihave a feeling that putting on the metal skin for the windows version is the problem there. But still, I don't expand or drag my quicktime movies around my screen too much.
     
  12. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    It was an pent. 1 laptop...oooold. the pres went okay but the transitions were slow at times.
     

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