I really appreciate your input and everything you have to say, so please take my debate as just that... a friendly debate based on my own experience and my own opinions. Hopefully we can both learn from our differences.
Ask 90% of any "professional" musicians, engineers, studios, producers, songwriters etc - and what do they use? Mac and Pro Tools. Why? Is is because they like to spend more money? Is it because the like being tied to a Digi compatible interface? No. It's sincerely because they're both excpetional and I feel that the (again I reitterate) "professional" music community will back me up.
If you want to work with other people and take your work to and from other studios, Pro Tools is the standard. That's a fact. Like it or not. So, for me, being able to send my work to world class musicians and then send it to an engineer to mix and then send it on to be mastered. I would much rather be able to give them my Pro Tools sessions rather than having to bounce or export files... but maybe you don't work outside of your own studio. I do. So, again, I stand by my statement, for the professional musician, I feel, that Pro Tools is an essesntial.
Again - I clearly said that 'if you want to save a few bucks, go with a PC..." But I think the Mac is a 9 and the PC is a 7.
Last, I could give a $^&%$ what company has a relationship with who... I use what I use because it works for me not because I have an alliance with "you know who". Gosh, if you're a democrat, (and I am) then you should turn off your TV now because most every station is owned by some biased right wing republican parent company that controls what information you receive... lighten up... we're talking about audio software not corporate mergers....