I agree with Bellows. The number of VSTs and other freeware in general that you miss out on with Mac OS is staggering. It appears to have gotten better over the years though.
Macs are perfectly fine machines but they’re almost always overpriced for the components you get. But that’s something that, the people that like it, really really like it and it’s worth the money to them.
I see the statement that Mac OS is the best OS on the planet, but without an extra statement of “at doing ____” I feel like it’s misleading. There’s plenty of things I hate about Mac OS. I used Macs exclusively for years because that’s what my family had growing up, all the way from Mac OS 7 too the first several versions of Mac OS X. I started dual booting Windows so I could play games, and that’s when I slowly realized that I actually hate Mac OS X.
I know a lot of people love it, but I hate the dock concept. I like having a searchable hide-able menu that you can pull up with just the keyboard that gives you both shortcut items and other menus by which to find all the things that are on your computer. Unless something has changed, on Mac OS if it’s not on your dock you have to browse to it’s file location. Ubuntu’s unity improves the dock concept greatly imo with it’s search function, but I still by far prefer the start menu concept, whether or not it’s Windows.
I also feel like way too many settings are just hidden away and disguised in Mac OS, or renamed something stupid. When I did support over phone for an ISP years back, my Mac callers didn’t even know the difference between their wireless card and their wireless router, because to them they were “airports.” Jesus apple just call it a fucking router and wireless card. Basic mouse settings that are just in the mouse settings menu on Windows are only accessible through command line commands (and god I hate mac’s default mouse acceleration). Lots of settings are like that actually and it’s really frustrating. They strip the settings menu down to what they think a 5th grader can handle, and fuck everyone else, they can use the command line.
That being said they are fine machines to create music on, and there is a reason they are so common in the industry. They are very stable and don’t require that you use shit like ASIO4ALL. You will be paying a huge mark up for them though, and for most models are probably not going to be able to do any kind of hardware upgrade to them ever. I’ve also had issues with new OS releases breaking older software and requiring whoever made that software to update to work on the new OS, but if it’s a piece of freeware that was “done” it’s probably abandoned and you’re SOL and have to find a replacement program.
After a lifetime of Mac I switched to PC some 7ish years ago and I’ve never regretted it. But I would never tell anyone that Macs are bad, and they may be the best thing for you personally. Computer preferences are just that, preferences.