Technology business magazine PC World has announced the winners of its 2004 World Class Awards, and Apple is on the list. The magazine’s editors make their selections for the awards “based on exemplary usability, design, innovation, features, performance, and value from a reliable manufacturer.”
Apple swept the “Software Newcomers of the Year” category for its iTunes music player, which debuted on Windows in October of 2003 after being available on the Mac for several years, and for its accompanying iTunes Music Store. Mac OS X v10.3 also won for Best Operating System in the “Bare Necessities” category.
“Apple makes Windows apps about as often as Microsoft ships bug-free products, and if iTunes for Windows (free) is any indication, that’s a crying shame,” the magazine reported.
“Panther’s sleek interface and reliable performance are impressive,” said PC World. “Although we aren’t suggesting that you ditch your hardware and buy a Mac, Apple deserves credit for raising the bar for OSs. And we hope Microsoft is paying attention as it works on the next Windows.”
Other products recognized by the publication include Adobe Photoshop CS, Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel digital still camera, Motorola’s V600 cell phone, AMD’s Athlon 64 FX series CPU, and many other hardware devices and software products.
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