Is a Higher Market Share Good or Bad?

Higher Market Share Good?

  • Yes because...

    Votes: 29 76.3%
  • No because...

    Votes: 7 18.4%
  • It doesn't really matter because...

    Votes: 2 5.3%

  • Total voters
    38
  • Poll closed .

CalBoy

macrumors 604
Original poster
May 21, 2007
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Considering the newest numbers we've seen, the time has come to once again consider if we want more people using OS X. Post your reasoning along with your vote:)
 

j/k/Andy

macrumors regular
Jun 5, 2007
197
0
I hope Apple stays under 10% but above 5%. Maybe another Apple type company will also come along and help spur advancements.
 

srf4real

macrumors 68040
Jul 25, 2006
3,000
26
paradise beach FL
Soon to be just another computer manufacturer with crappy quality and crappy service with nothing but a bad a** OS to brag about... and Microsoft will even catch up with that eventually. Everything that goes huge always starts skimping on the little details that make a product like a mac so much better.

*Death before intel.:cool:
 

iBookG4user

macrumors 604
Jun 27, 2006
6,596
2
Seattle, WA
It really doesn't matter to me, I enjoy using Mac OS X and I find all the programs that I need just fine. With the lower market share I know that hackers aren't even going to try to write viruses for it (not to mention that its a lot harder to write viruses for). So I don't see a problem with having a lower market share.
 

Arantxa

macrumors member
Aug 15, 2007
34
0
^(sfr4real) OMG at the pessimism! Can't we just hope that Apple will always remain the Apple we love?
 

clevin

macrumors G3
Aug 6, 2006
9,097
1
of course, larger market share means more 3rd party apps, more free apps, more discoveries, easier to find help when system has any problem, maybe even cheaper price!

only downside is more security problems, but I can handle it.
 

Queso

Suspended
Mar 4, 2006
11,832
7
Larger Mac market share means the Football League will stop locking me out of Stockport County commentaries by using Windows only DRM.
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
Larger Mac market share can only be a good thing in my eyes. Ok, I'm not sure I'd ever want OS X to account for the majority of installed desktop OS's, but I think we need to at least double what we have in order to get better software and, as dynamicv puts it, stop being 'locked out' of things as a minority that developers can afford to snub.
 

bartelby

macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
19,794
4
A larger market share would be nice if Apple can sort out their quality control.
They seemed to be having trouble getting trouble free machines out the factory door.
 

FJ218700

macrumors 68000
Mar 8, 2007
1,740
0
Blue Dot, Red State
A larger market share would be nice if Apple can sort out their quality control.
They seemed to be having trouble getting trouble free machines out the factory door.
By thoughts exactly. I never had a Mac in for repair from 1993 through my Ti. But my PB 1.67 has been in 4 times.

SJ needs to crack down on this issue
 

Eric Lewis

macrumors 68020
Feb 4, 2007
2,380
0
CANADA? eh?
more

more market share..will bring lots of windows software onto the mac..and better machines and lots more gaming will be mac compatible in the future
 

pigoz

macrumors member
Aug 24, 2007
86
0
Milan, Italy
I think more market share would be a good thing. It would be great if Microsoft lost its monopoly, but I don't want to see apple taking it's place.
I think monopoly is really bad for progress, expecially when the monopolist acts like Microsoft: M$ keeps it's dominant position not with good products but creating closed "standards" incompatible with other platforms.
 

clevin

macrumors G3
Aug 6, 2006
9,097
1
I think more market share would be a good thing. It would be great if Microsoft lost its monopoly, but I don't want to see apple taking it's place.
I think monopoly is really bad for progress, expecially when the monopolist acts like Microsoft: M$ keeps it's dominant position not with good products but creating closed "standards" incompatible with other platforms.
thats the key, as apple's current model, the monopoly of apple would be 10X more closed than M$.
 

CalBoy

macrumors 604
Original poster
May 21, 2007
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maybe a bigger marketshare will eventually give us an Open OSX?
I don't know...it seems the "Apple" way has always been to keep the OS closely tied to the hardware; it's almost the selling point. I doubt we would see an open OS X (or any number thereafter) even if market share went beyond 30-40%. Although I do like the look and feel of Apple's designs. In the computer industry, they are impossible to match for their beauty and minimalist layout, so for me, I want the Apple hardware with the software.
 

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
17,915
1,466
Palookaville
Higher market share <> lower product quality. Ask Toyota.

My portfolio loves Apple's increased market share. There's no inherent downside, except to snobs who really prefer being in a small minority.

BTW, the poll question doesn't really agree with the thread title. I looked at the thread title and voted "no."
 

SupadudeX

macrumors member
Nov 7, 2006
94
0
quality control seems to be steadily going down the s***ter :rolleyes:

edit: see, bartelby's my man! :D
No kidding. Already had to replace the logic board on my October MacBook Pro. Thank god it was under warrenty. The bill came out to $1500. Why it costs that much to replace a logic board is beyond me.
 

CalBoy

macrumors 604
Original poster
May 21, 2007
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BTW, the poll question doesn't really agree with the thread title. I looked at the thread title and voted "no."
Well I sort of wanted written responses to have a good/bad tilt, but the poll to be simple. Although I could have written the poll differently...oh well, too late now:p
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
13,951
3
Gone but not forgotten.
A higher market share every quarter is desirable. It's not just that the sales keep Apple alive but the interest from developers should also rise and we might just get back to the levels of the early 1990s, as far as software goes.

Despite it sounding bad, the interest in hacking Mac OS X will probably increase and that's a good thing because Apple hasn't quite taken security all that seriously. Any chance to keep the machine's contents out of the hands of wrongdoers (who says wrongdoers? :D) is fine with me. If I wanted the world to know my business, I'd write a book.

We need more software and more compatibility. If websites see that more than 10 % of their visitors are using Macs, they might actually care how things are displayed and run.

Who can argue with more and better?
 

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
17,915
1,466
Palookaville
Well I sort of wanted written responses to have a good/bad tilt, but the poll to be simple. Although I could have written the poll differently...oh well, too late now:p
My fault really for reading too quickly. I just saw "Higher Market Share ... Bad?" and punched "no." That's what I get for trying to talk on the phone and read at the same time.
 

zap2

macrumors 604
Mar 8, 2005
7,242
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Washington D.C
good for Apple no question.


For users it brings more devs, which means for apps. Also Apple might be willing to expand the product line if there are lots of people needing different types of computers running OS X.

Also more people enjoying OS X, so I'd say its overall a good thing.