I have always been a PC user through and through. My dad and I have been building them since the 286 days, and so I'm bias in that way. I live in dorms here in Santa Barbara so I'm exposed to all sorts of computers. From my experience Macs seem to be great as long as you have a PC around. Its like a Mazda Miata, in that sense. Fun as hell until you have to use the trunk. Macs just don't support nearly the amount of software that Windows does. If you wanted to be really adventerous you could give Linux a try. I did...long story short, now I run windows 2000. Linux is very very different. In terms of stability, I format my hard drive and reinstall windows every 7 months or so, or whenever it becomes remotely unstable. My computer hasn't frozen since my last format about 3 months ago, so I'm still in good shape. Windows does slowly deteriorate, and cleaning the harddrive is cheaper than buying a whole new computer.
In terms of the sound industry Macs are defenetly supposed to be better for music recording. Everyone I know with Protools has a Mac to run. I've yet to see it run on PC, however, so I'm not to sure about the claim that it is unstable on PC's.
Essentially I would consider a Mac only if I had a decently up to date PC machine to use in case I wanted to do something unMac friendly, like filesharing programs etc. I know you can get Windows emulators for Macs but then I'm forced to ask what's the point? A slower version of windows for more money? Drive the Miata in the summer, but feel safe to know you've got the V70 in the garage.
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