I'm a PC guy. Nothing wrong with the mac but I have zero interest in learning a completely new OS.
Unlike what Microsoft has done over the years?
About every other Windows release has been a major interface and use change hasn't it? Don't get me wrong, I used Windows 2000 for a long happy time... and adjusting to Windows XP after that wasn't difficult but it was different and a lot of things moved around.
There were big changes between the early Windows versions too... and Windows Vista was big changes. I haven't seen Windows 7, however.
What I do know, however, is that Windows and OS X have begun to share a lot of similarities in look and feel... so I think that operations gap is mostly bridged for most users. Until you start digging under the hood, a lot of stuff looks and feels the same to me.
I'm not switching to an Apple for anything. I totally abhor their stance on how I will use my purchases
Like? You know Microsoft has some restrictions too, right? They integrate some things into the operating system that you can't easily (sometimes at all) remove... like how IE is all into everything even if you like Firefox or Chrome... you still are forced to use IE sometimes. That seems a lot (to me) like the times on my Mac when I have to use Safari instead of Firefox to visit certain Web sites correctly.
Also... if you really really read the EULA that you agree to upon installing Microsoft Windows, you might be surprised how many restrictions are in place by Microsoft, including how you are merely "leasing" the operating system and don't technically own it.
and I don't want to use iTunes.
You don't have to... well, if you want to purchase things from the iTunes store, then you have to... but except for the Apps that have chosen to be exclusive to the Mac App store, you can get your music and movies elsewhere if you want, and most Apps still as well.
The way their deal with publishers drove up prices for all e-books is a case in point.
You're reading the Kool-aid a bit here. The publishers wanted those higher prices. They didn't like Amazon bargain-binning their eBooks. Yes, Apple had a hand in things... but don't pretend the book publishers didn't like and want the higher prices and if they could have strongarmed Amazon (oh wait, they kind of did) they would.