updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed May 31, 2006
Top 100 products announced
Apple took home five 'World Class' awards in PC World's annual listing of the top 100 best products of 2006. Apple's iPod nano placed no. 4 on the list, tailing craigslist, AMD's Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core chip, and Intel's Core Duo microprocessor, which placed first. Intel's new processor "provides multitasking power never before possible on a portable PC ... The Core Duo processor is so good that it's the CPU of choice not only for Windows laptops but also for Apple's Windows-capable laptop and desktop Macs," according to PC World Apple also managed to claim Hardware Company of the Year, as its Mac mini and video iPod scored the no. 35 and 36 spots, respectively. Boot Camp ranked no. 10, and the iTunes Music Store was dubbed the 43rd best product over the past 12 months.
"With a huge RD budget and a single-minded despot running the show, Apple once again introduced products that made everyone else look bad," according to the report. "iPods (#36) that play video have created a new market for reruns, Core Duo-based Macs (#35) have expanded the market for Intel chips, and Boot Camp software (#10) has opened the door to running Windows on the Mac hardware. We continue to hope that some of the Cupertino crowd's design ideas will trickle down to the rest of the tech industry."
Apple's iPod placed far higher on the list than its competitors in all categories, such as Creative with its ZEN Vision:M player at no. 46. iRiver's Clix was named the 90th best product, trailing far behind both Creative and Apple.
Yahoo! Music Engine 1.1 claimed the 73rd spot, following just behind RealNetworks' Rhapsody online music service.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 secured the 89th slot, while TiVo placed at no. 31 with its Digital Video Recorder.
Adobe also made a strong appearance this year, taking several spots near the top with its professional software applications. Adobe Photoshop CS2 made no. 22, while Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 took 11th place. Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 came in 7th, just below Google Earth with its satellite imagery service at no. 6.