Boot Camp and Video Game Music

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Apple's Boot Camp allows you to boot your Intel Mac into either Windows XP or Mac OS X. We explore some of the early speculation about this new software. Chris Adamson takes an in depth look at the world of video game music. (DTF 04-10-2006: 29 minutes 37 seconds)

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Distributing the Future April 10, 2006: "Boot Camp and Video Game Music."

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1:25 Boot Camp

Now that an Intel Mac can be booted up as a Mac OS X or a Windows box, how does that change things? Who does Apple's new Boot Camp appeal to? Will it help sell more hardware? Will Windows users finally feel comfortable switching? Will loyal Mac users finally be able to play their favorite games on their favorite platform. We discuss the implications with Chuck Toporek, Preston Gralla, and Adam Goldstein. (14:15)

15:45 Video Game Music

Video Game Music is appearing in non-traditional places. Chris Adamson reports that it tops the ring tones charts, is available in the iTunes Music Store and there are live tours of orchestras playing the music. Following on last year's "Dear Friends" tour, this year U.S. audiences will be treated to PLAY! A Video Game Symphony. Adamson talks to Jason Michael Paul while Paul was in Japan putting together "PLAY". Paul produced last years "Dear Friends" tour as well. Performances are not restricted to large symphony halls. You will find smaller bands that specialize in video game music such as the Minibosses, Select Start, and The One Ups. Adamson spoke with Stephen Poon, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist with the band The Spoony Bards. (13:10)

Total running time: 29:37

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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