Mac Software

muflyer

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I am a casual Mac User. I have a 2 and a half year old iMac running Mac OS X 10.2.8. It is a 1.25 GHz Power PC G4 with 256MB of memory. I primarily use it for video, audio and photos and tend to use the iMovie (3.0.3); iTunes (6.0.4(3)) and iPhoto (2.0.1). I also have an video iPod which I have purchased which I was hoping to use for videos, photos, etc. However, as I understand it, I apparently have to upgrade my iMac before I can transfer photos and videos to my iPod and I will also have to upgrade my iPod (ver. 1.0) to accomodate that as well. I thought about getting the latest version of iLife, but that apparently also requires that I upgrade my operating software as well???? Is Apple going to continue reaching into my wallet for every upgrade they have? I would appreciate any advice from anyone on the easiest and least expensive way to upgarde my iMac to support the latest features in the new 30GB video iPod. Thanks, Chris
 

MisterMe

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muflyer said:
I am a casual Mac User. I have a 2 and a half year old iMac running Mac OS X 10.2.8. It is a 1.25 GHz Power PC G4 with 256MB of memory. ...
You are running a 3-year old OS. In computer years, it is 20 years old. You have 256 MB RAM. For your computer, it is only adequate for MacOS 9. For MacOS X, it is minimal. If your tasks are modest, then you can get by. However, if you are serious about your computer usage, you must expect to upgrade. When you do, Apple is going to get some of your money. IMHO, our favorite fruit company deserves it.
 

wronski

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Basically, but Tiger has been around a year before the latest iLife and a year in the computer business is a long time. Tiger and the latest iLife are well worth the upgrade. Soon Leopard will come out and you'll need to upgrade again, but by then you'll probably need to be looking at getting a new machine.
 

muflyer

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Thanks. Several questions, what current configuration do you recommend with a nice price point for balancing OS with iLife? Additionally, what is the best cost effective way to add memory to my machine?