Are Apple Products really better than Windows based PCs for creating music and/or working with digital photos?

endo_jmf asked: I’m nearing the point where I can justify the cost of a laptop for use in creating music (I sing, play guitar, bass and can push “start” on my drum machine) and in storing and working with digital photo’s.
Apple products are marketed as being better at these tasks than Windows based PC’s.
I’m interested [...]

I’m creating a digital music library from CD’s, which audio file format should I use and why?

ILLUMINOVA asked: Here is my dilemma, I want to consolidate all of my music to a huge hard drive. I have thousands of CD’s and want to know which file format will sound best (and at what kbps I should import) and be the most “universal” should I in the future want to get [...]