Problem with Front Row being updated to have DVR functionality and Media Center pc's is that they cannot connect seamlessly to digital cable or satellite. I would rather have a DVR from my pay tv provider that just works.
This is the beginning of the end of the computer. When I say computer I mean that obtrusive box that most people hide in their den or home office. If there is one thing that Apple understands it?s that consumers are more interested in the experience they get from their system then the system itself. When the Mac only iPods first came out, windows users where buying iMacs as second computers just to feed their iPods. It didn?t take long for the marketing people to convince Mad Dog that iTunes had to become a windows app so that the music store had enough buyers to be profitable. Now I have friends who come to my house to use iPhoto because there is noting like it in the windows world, so how long do you think it will be before we get iLife for windows XP. This is going to leads us to the next and last step of true convergence, Front row on your 42 inch Samsung plasma screen. Now you?ll still be able to buy a Mac in 2010 if your goal is to create the next Star Wars in your den. But I?m betting most people will just want to sit in their living rooms and use the remote to access content. At that point the goal will be to create an experience that will run on what ever chipset is in all ?TVs? at that time. At that point the whole Windows, Mac debate will vanish in a puff of UNIX. Just my humble opinion.