But there are benefits to the Apple experience as well.
After 3 years experiencing apple products and services I have yet to understand what those benefits truly are. Unless by benefits you mean paying a premium for a device that becomes obsolete at or near the speed of light. Or, perhaps you meant that it is of great benefit that the itunes experience is complete crap. Or maybe it is that this premium device becomes premium by having to jail-break it myself, setting it free from the apple choke hold of mediocrity and death.
No, I just thought of it. By paying the apple premium you get absolutely stellar customer service and support that is unmatched in the CE industry. Just like the time my wife took our gen 2 apple tv into the store because it would no longer boot up and I just did not have time to mess with it. She called me three hours later, said the apple geek took it in the back, messed with it for three hours (yes, three hours) handed it back and said - uh, it is 24 days out of your 1 year warranty. There is nothing we can do, it is broken. Now, I completely understand how this could happen as we used it at least 6 times in the year we had it, I am sure it just was not designed for that type of heavy usage model.
Here are your options, number one, you can buy a brand new unit for full price. Option two, oh, sorry there is no option two.
But FYI you are going to be thrilled that we just replaced the apple tv 2 with an apple tv 3!! You want to see it? It is really cool and it now comes in white!!! And since we see you really did not have a great experience with your apple tv gen 2 we will sell you one today for - wait for it.......... FULL PRICE!!! Just incredible customer service, white glove, top notch. But then I do understand times are tight at apple, all the billions of dollars in profit are stranded somewhere outside of the US, kept there so that the company can avoid paying zero taxes on any profits made here in the USA.
I bet you are wondering what I told my wife to do. Yep, bring it on home as I am certainly not buying another apple tv even if it does come in white. She brought it home and I re-flashed it in itunes running on my Windows notebook (took me all of 20 min). Maybe the apple geniuses just could not figure this out on their own or maybe the macbook they used just did not have this capability.
I should really give them the benefit of the doubt.
So I have to agree there are a multitude of benefits that up until now I have just not taken the time to appreciate. I do thank apple for not supporting the ipad gen 1 and that pushed me to get rid of all three of them when I would normally have said it was completely premature to do so. I also thank the the lord that both of my kids have their eyes and hearts set on another brand of phone when we upgrade this spring. Cannot come fast enough for me, we will be fresh out of apples by spring. Woot!!