Apple is in renaissance, with US students making a Mac their PC choice.

They are being driven to the platform by the success of Apple's iPod music player and Microsoft's continued inability to either meet its Longhorn deadlines or to make its existing systems secure from Internet-carried viruses and malware, claims the Columbia Spectator.

The report cites IDC figures, which show that in 2003 Apple sold 193,000 Macs to people in colleges and universities - and that's a 17.7 per cent jump over the previous year. And in notebooks, Apple's US higher education share grew by 58.5 per cent in the same period. Success.

"There is some evidence that iPods are functioning as a gateway product for consumers to switch from PC to Mac," the report observes.