There's a host of interesting material emanating from the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, with publisher Tim O'Reilly declaring iTunes Music Store to be "the future of software".

O'Reilly said that one day all software will be like iTunes – and Apple leads the charge in a software revolution that will see applications reaching out into a networked world, in which platforms and stand-alone software solutions are subsumed by new, connected products, said Wired.

"Apple is the first old-world computer company to get this," O'Reilly said. "It has started to take that network concept, the idea of reaching beyond the single device, and that they're starting to build that into their applications."

He criticized Apple for not applying this direction across its products – while songs can be purchased using iTunes, stock images aren't available through iPhoto, and while iTunes lets users share libraries over a network, iPhoto does not, for example. He believes networking technologies should be built into all of Apple's software.

"I think Apple is a real leader in this area, but is not thinking hard enough how to complete the picture," he said.

The ultimate Switch

Also speaking at the event was Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan. The doctor is the director of the Terascale Computing Facility at Virginia Tech – the higher education institute that captured headlines recently when it deployed 1,100 dual-processor 2GHz Power Mac G5s to create the world's fastest supercomputer at just five per cent of the cost of other similar deployments in the supercomputer league.

A report on his keynote – titled: "Confessions of the world's largest Switcher", suggests that if the doctor's story was turned into a Switch ad, it may run: "I was in the market for a new machine. I was hoping to get ten teraflops by the end of the year. I'd never used a Mac and had been looking at Dells and IBMs. Then Apple released the G5 on June 23. A week later I bought 1,100 duals online at the Apple Store. I'm Srinidhi Varadarajan and I build Supercomputers at Virginia Tech." He added that Virginia Tech is "getting requests for clones". "Expect to see a lot more G5 clusters," he said.

Yesterday Macworld reported on revelations regarding Pixar's move to Mac OS X that were revealed at the conference.