My last reason for using Windows might just have been eliminated.
I use Adobe Audition for all my netcast recording and editing. It's a Windows program but there's no Mac version. Paul Figgiani just tipped me that Adobe has announced a new audio editing program for Windows and... ta da OS X. (Intel Macs only, though - that's the first Intel only program for OS X I've seen and that doesn't bode well for PowerPC owners.)
The free beta of Soundbooth
is available now. Soundbooth has the familiar Audition interface, but it looks like they're positioning it as the "easy to use" Audition. One key feature missing from the beta is multitrack recording and mixing. I really need that, but there are many folks who don't. The "remove a sound" feature pictured above is a simple interface to Audition's powerful spectral analysis tool. You'll find simplified versions of other sound tools like reverb and compression, too. I'd guess this is really "Audition Elements" by another name, but it will probably be a good choice for quick editing and single track recording. The kind of thing most podcasters need. If Adobe can price it under $100 it will do very well indeed.Of course I knew this would happen because I just spent $1000 on Bias Peak Pro
a couple of weeks ago.