Connect 360's been out for a good long while, allowing you to stream music, movies and photos from your Mac to your Xbox 360. Why would you go with Rivet, an app that does just about the same thing but only costs $1 less? Mostly for its folder organization, which allows you to browse your files as it exists on your Mac, instead of in one gigantic list you need to scroll through. Other than this, there's not a whole lot of huge difference between the two programs, but sometimes $1 is the difference between not having some Pocky and having some Pocky. [Cynical Peak]
I switched to Mac in 2004. I got my first Xbox 360 prior to launch (I won it) and I've been using Connect360 since it first came onto the scene.
In my mind, the Xbox 360 / Mac combo is perfect. If I want to play games, the 360 is ready and requires no driver updates or installation. If I need to work, surf the web, or manage data, I have a Mac. If I need to run Windows programs (like using Windows IE to play movies from Netflix) I have Parallels.
And they're all connected to my 24" monitor. I can switch between 360/Mac at will, and I can even use the PIP to multitask. Need to use the Oblivion Wiki while playing? No problem!
I don't have any problem with Microsoft. I like their mice (the standard wireless mouse is the best mouse in that price range, but not better than my bluetooth Mighty Mouse) and Windows gets the job done, even if it sucks most of the time.
I just dislike the way the handle some things. I hate Windows Genuine Advantage. I hate having limited activations on a piece of $100 software that I legitimately own, just because I reinstall or change a hard drive or something. I hate dealing with the MS call center in India, and their scripted, condescending bullshit. I really dislike Balmer, but I have nothing but respect for Bill Gates.
I Love the Xbox 360, but I hate that MS made certain parts totally proprietary. Hard drive, WiFi adapter, and wireless controllers HAVE TO be purchased from MS, because they won't let anyone else manufacture these parts and they made them so you can't just buy industry standard parts that would cost 1/4 the price.
Say what you will about Apple being proprietary, but at least I can use any SATA hard drive, almost any USB device, and any human interface device with my Mac. Not so with the 360. It kinda makes me glad MS *doesn't* make computers!
I had Apple TV, and I decided to just use the 360 instead. Apple TV is nice, but I never purchase or rent from iTunes these days, anyway.
If Netflix comes through with a 360 rental plan, I'm all over it.