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Analysis: Native Instruments Goes OS X-Only, Age of X(P)

Wednesday January 28, 2004. 04:16 PM, by peterkirn Music Software > Native Instruments
Music Software : Analysis: Native Instruments Goes OS X-Only, Age of X(P) - macmusicThis NAMM was undoubtedly the NAMM of Mac OS X. While there are certainly some Mac users who happily run along in OS 9, it's clear that OS X is the mainstream standard for the majority of music users and, thankfully, without the tradeoffs that OS X used to require. Native Instrument's entire product line now is on OS X, with full support for Core Audio, Core MIDI, and Audio Units, and the company has announced it will only support OS X in future versions (with ongoing customer support for its OS 9 products). One detail that has gone mostly unmentioned in the Mac press is that Native isn't just making this decision for Mac users: it's also going Windows XP-only on the PC side, where users face a confusing array of OS versions with widely varying support for music. So both platforms are having to go "next generation." The Mac has the advantage of fully moving to OS X as a platform -- something PC users and developers haven't done with XP -- and XP lacks the broad audio and MIDI standards built into X. Bravo to Native for moving us into the future. And with so many Mac developers solidly supporting the OS (Cycling 74
>> also moved its product line to OS X at this NAMM), we have a bright future on the Mac, indeed.
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