iShell out for Mac goodies or wait?

After delaying delivery for a week, Apple Computer on Friday started selling its iLife digital media suite, a $50 bundle of programs for creating and playing movies, music, photos and DVDs.

However, analysts and Mac users are questioning the iLife's price tag, as two of the suite's new components - iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 - will soon be available for free download.

So, you Mac fiends out there: are ya willing to pay to get the goodies now?

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple unveiled iLife earlier this month during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. In addition to the iMovie and iPhoto upgrades, the package contains iTunes 3 - already downloadable for free - and iDVD 3, which will not be made available as a free download, according to the company.

"Given the fact that three of the four applications are to be available as a free download, the pricing would seem to imply that you are paying $50 for iDVD - something many users are going to find a bit difficult to accept," said Matthew Sparby, a technology consultant and Mac user from Casselberry, Fla.

Update: iPhoto 2.0 and iMovie 3.0.1 are now available via Software Update.

News source: c|net

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