About 2 years aog, I purchased my first mac (15in AL pbook 1.33ghz) pretty much on a whim. I had some extra money from the stock market, and I just really liked computers. I had built about 4 PCs and I started to grow bored with them. I didnt really have any spyware of viruses or anything, and the computers ran fine. I just liked the macs for the details, functionaitliy, aestehitcs. So I decided to buy one, and of course I lvoed it. My dad did have an iPod (3G at the time), but that had nothing to do with my purchase for I had my eye on Macs for quite some time. Since then, I had converted about 5 of my friends, and 2 of my family members to macs. Of those, only 2 had iPods. And my other frinds who shoot out the most common anti-mac false garbage have iPods and absolutely love them. I think the iPod only made the apple name more well known, and that is how the halo effect worked, not because people found the iPod easy to use, and simple and elegant. Of my friends that switched, they did so beacuse of the stability and lack of threats to them. They all had computers that were absolutely crippled because of viruses and everything. They'd restart for no reason, wouldn't load programs, lock up all the time (ah the pitfalls of looking at porn on a PC). This is what I think has led to the most converts. The average user who does not know how to protect against viruses, spyware, etc. The only thing the iPod has done in ways of switching people has brought people in to the stores, and gotten Apple's name recognized.