New Mac User needs help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by yamarider18, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. yamarider18 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2009
    So I just picked up a G4 Desktop and I need to know how to really start using my computer. I am a previous PC user who really knows nothing about Apple products except all of my friends say that they are the best for managing my music and pictures.

    On my PC, I have many programs in order to get music. Other than Itunes, I tried downloading another program but it seems to not work. I would like to get all of my music off of my PC and put them onto my new computer but that seems unlikely. Are there any programs out there that I can put onto my G4 such as torrent apps or any others?

    All I know about the computer that I purchased is that it is an 80 gig with 10.3.9 OS. I would like to start using it for what I purchased it for and using it to the fullest potential. If you know of anything that could help me out, please let me know.

  2. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    First of all, you should install Tiger (OSX 10.4) as it will probably run the best and it will let you run more programs than 10.3. I use Vuze for torrents, and I've found that it is the best client out there, although some people differ (lets not make this thread an argument about Vuze vs. Transmissions vs. uTorrent). As for transferring your music, do you have an external HD? Because you could just drag your library onto your external and transfer it to your mac that way. If not, you could just use an ethernet or firewire cable.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Some simple Google searches will go a long way with whatever you're trying to find. If you have any actual specific questions let us know.
  4. Iphone Junkie macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    I Am also new to this forum and a new mac user and it seems like people normally have nothing nice to say or go do a search on this particular topic blah blah blah, Do you guys ever think that maybe he wants everyone to understand his system and HIS individual situation and what he likes to use his computer for??? Just saying a user that posts a reply like "you can google what you just asked" well thats pretty much stating the obvious....
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Fair enough, but do keep in mind the that the first responder to the original post gave some good information regarding the only actual types of questions that were actually posted.

    It is very, very hard to give concise information to the other parts of the post like "...I need to know how to really start using my computer." and "I would like to start using it for what I purchased it for and using it to the fullest potential. If you know of anything that could help me out, please let me know." With no disrepect for the poster intended, but to be fair- realistically where do we start in an answer of that nature? We really need to know more about how the poster wants to use his new tool- and the one thing that was asked about got some answers in the first response!

    So anyhow I will give the OP some good starting sources developed by Apple themselves in the Support section to aid in the transition to the Mac world that are both very nice introductions:
    First is "Mac 101: Getting Started with the Mac
    Switch 101: Migrate to Mac

    p.s.- Since it is specifically against the forum rules that we each agreed to when we signed up for this forum to ask for, or provide help with, copyright violations, a lot of people will make assumptions regarding a new user who wants to know about torrent software right off the bat too and will not choose to respond- even if the assumption of intended use is incorrect.
  6. Drone macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hi there yamarider18.

    I agree with SHADO, get Tiger on there and you'll have a lot more fun. I moved exclusively to Mac about 2 years ago (very rarely use PC now) and I found the best way to get use to Mac OS X is to keep the PC off and try and do everything on the Mac. I don't know how I coped with XP, to be honest.

    As far as applications go, you'll find there are dozens of apps (both free and paid) for each task. I find Transmission is a great torrent app as it's lightweight and very stable. Have a look around the forums and other Mac sites (even Apple's download site), try some out and before long you'll find the right app for each task. I tried 3 torrent apps before I settled on Transmission.

    Have a look at this thread to get you started
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....these kind of comments come up a lot when someone has been told they should search, and you'll probably find you will get the same comments back (if you search the other threads like this heheheh).

    There are several good reasons for searching and using the existing threads. It makes the forum a little tidier when all of the info (or opinions) is in a single thread rather than having 20 threads all with little bits of info. That in the end helps *you* get the answer you are looking for faster because if you actually took a moment and searched you would likely have your answer without having to wait for responses.

    As a "newbie" on the forum you ought to take a moment to read the forum rules and guidelines as it is all spelled out there - you may avoid yourself a little bit of grief and locked's common courtesy and respect to know and follow the rules. There's a reason why when you start a new thread it asks if you have searched the topic.

    Anyway, that's my two pennies....welcome and I hope you hang around and get used to how things go around here - there's lots of great info to be had.....oh yeah!

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