Thinking of adding mac mini to PC, but...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Ra!, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Ra! macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2005
    Ok. This new Mac Mini looks pretty cool. I currently own a Windows PC and I want to get an iPod mini and the mac mini together, using the mac for storage of photos, dowloading and storage of mp3s, and general fun stuff like Garage Band and web surfing (since my PC seems to inhale every virus and spyware known to man), and just use my PC for my graphic design work and photo editing (I already have Illustrator and Photoshop on my Windows PC). I'm a freelance Graphic Designer and I work at a newspaper as a photo tech, so as much as I would love to have a Power Mac dual G5, I just don't have the funds to spend on that at this time. I would just rather ride the Windows setup until the wheels fall off, so I need to free up some space for the work I do.

    One of the many questions I have, is that I am hearing that there is no audio in on the mac mini. That sucks because one of the main reasons I want it is for playing my guitar and using my microphone for Garage Band. What can I do to get around this? Can I link the mac mini to my PC and record through it (I doubt it) or is there another way. I did hear that you can use a webcam with an audio in that plugs into a usb.

    I'm confused as to why Apple would not include an audio in knowing how popular Garage Band is. Please help.

    BTW, if I had spyware and or viruses on my Windows PC, would it be unsafe to let the Mac and Windows PCs talk to eachother? :confused:

  2. mcmav37 macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    As far as hooking up a microphone, you could easily just use iMic which is a USB device that gives you an audio in port. The guitar is a bit more complicated, but I believe you can get an adapter to plug into the above audio in port as well, but that will still just give you one thing at a time. The other thing to consider is that while Apple did not announce it on Tuesday, there is a widely rumored audio input device that I believe will address your exact issue (and then some). Search the forums for information on Asteroid.

    I don't think you would have to worry about viruses and adware moving from the Windows system to the Mac since they are basically programs that require a specific (vulnerable) operating system, so an adware program that infects Windows shouldn't infect Mac OS X (based on my understanding)
  3. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2004
    way out in the sticks
    I agree with the above poster. Get the Griffin iMic. It is a cheap usb interface which lets you connect a stereo microphone, left and right rca jacks, line-in, or turntable; I got mine for $35 at the online store.

    The windows malware won't infect your mac. Period.

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