So today I went to the Apple Store at Lenox Mall. My plan was simple: find a MacBook Pro with at least 2GB of RAM, pop the Milky Way Finale file onto it, and then see if Finale could play it. I even made an appointment at the Genius Bar so that I wouldn’t have to flag down a passing teenager with a black t-shirt on.
Well, Genius is as genius does, and we all know about simple plans.
They didn’t have Finale loaded on any of the machines, and in fact they don’t sell it in the store at all. (They do sell one of MakeMusic’s entry level programs.) The Genius turned me over to a salesperson, who suggested that he see if they had a refurbished MacBook Pro that met my specifications, and then I could buy it and take it home to see if it worked.
If it didn’t work (and even if it did), I could return it, and since it was a refurbished model there would be no restocking fee.
Wouldn’t you know it, there was no such machine in the back room. So I was spared the indignity of having to buy a $3000 used machine to take home and try out.
The rest of the day I spent with Jobie doing the usual: shopping, seeing a movie, grabbing a burger at a gay sports bar. This was the first time I was ever in a gay bar where I felt out of place, so to speak: twenty televisions, all tuned to some football game, and a bar full of jocks screaming at them. The fact that some of the jocks were kissing each other wasn’t the problem.
We will now pause while Marc makes some egregious comment connecting the above paragraph and the title of this post.
Anyway, when I returned home, I went to Finale’s website and posted my problem on the user forum, which is what I should have done in the first place.