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November 17, 2008

Make That Mac to PC Switch With Belkin

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Psst. Hey. You there. Wanna switch from your PC to Mac? Sure you do. You know you do. You’d never admit it but you would sort of rather not identify with the dweeby guy in those Mac-PC online ads, right? Right.
Help is here – the Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to that Mac you know you’ve always wanted. Unlike existing products where you have to drag and drop specific files you want to transfer, the Belkinites says, the Switch-to-Mac Cable “automatically moves your music, movies, photos, files, and Internet preferences.”

Now that Mac computers support Windows applications, a growing number of PC owners – people just like you, your friends and neighbors, that guy on the subway -- are switching to them, making the ability to work with existing PC files a necessity. The Switch-to-Mac Cable is probably as hassle-free an experience as you can have transitioning to your new Mac.
Yes, the move to Mac is real -- a 2008 Needham report shows that after a decade of stagnation, Macintosh unit sales have almost tripled in the past three years. The same study found that the most significant barrier to switching from PC to Mac was the Mac computer's inability to run Windows applications, and now that it’s not a problem anymore, the study predicts over the next ten years, Mac unit sales will grow to almost 40 million units by 2017.
Available in the U.S. now, the Switch-to-Mac Cable (F4U001) costs fifty bucks and transfers at USB 2.0 speeds. It’s compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista, and with Mac OS X v10.4 and v10.5.
Founded in California in 1983, Belkin is a privately held company with offices throughout Europe and in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Earlier this month TMC reported that you can “turn youriPod into your own mini, hand-sized recording studio with Belkin's GoStudio.  It can record stereo audio directly to an iPod Classic, Nano or Video with its two built-in microphones, a mono speaker and four external microphone inputs.”
The iPod slips into a holster-like setup and a recording menu appears, TMC (News - Alert) wrote: “Neat features include built-in gain and recording level controls as well as monitor controls so you can listen to your recording while you are doing it.”

Recordings can be uploaded immediately to iTunes when your iPod is connected to your computer. You can then add that audio to your blog, Web site, Facebook (News - Alert) or MySpace pages.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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