I'm going to answer the question anyway.
Apple doesn't have a large problem with piracy because:
1) OSX doesn't work unless you've already paid Apple for the hardware. So there's no huge economic benefit for piracy.
2) With a 2-3% market share, it's not worth the professional pirates time
Larry nailed it here, but he left out one thing that the small market share implies. Loyalty. Mac users are more loyal to Apple and are willing to pay for Apple quality. Now, as those same Mac users shelling out $130 for Tiger if they paid for their copy of
Plus, in my personal opinion, Apple generally treats their users better than Microsoft and that instills quite a bit of loyalty.
And, having said that, I bet if you check the P2P networks you'll find ISOs of Tiger out there already.
I know several people who have already installed pirate versions on their machines.
Yeah, but I bet most of them are Mac supporters and probably just didn't want to wait for Tiger. I bet the majority of them end up buying Tiger once it is out.
Client Version -- Full version OEM....$250.00
Upgrade .................$100.00 - $150.00
Family License (install on 5 PC's) $500.00
whoa, put down the pipe son. OEM does not mean what I think you think it means. OEM is the no packaging, shrink-wrapped, nothing but a CD and the license software that Dell, HP, and your local computer shop installs on your PC when you buy it from them. If
I can buy a computer for $500 I'm sure not going to pay $250 for the software to run on it. I think you mean the full, shrink wrap version you can buy at Best Buy.
The lack of smarts Microsoft has shown in the licensing arena, especially when it comes to server products, has been on display for some time. I don't expect to see a family pack license scheme anytime soon.