There's just something about Apple's TV adverts that has appealed to comedians and satirists to create spoofs of them. We've rounded up the 10 best that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

The web is awash with hundreds of parodies of Apple TV adverts. From the most recent manila envelope ad for the MacBook Air to the iconic iPod advert featuring colourful silhouettes of dancers, they've all been the target of many take-offs and spoofs.

And while some are, frankly, rubbish, many really are funny. We've rounded up our 10 favourite spoof ads that are guaranteed to get you chortling. And remember, Apple shouldn't be too miffed at the fun that gets poked at them, after all imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Apple's 'Switch' campaign: crash different

In 2002, Apple launched its 'Switch' ad campaign, in which a person against a white backdrop talked about how easy it was to change from a Windows machine to a Mac. A major part of each ad featured the former Windows user bemoaning their PC's limits and flaws.

Hunter Crestle didn't buy the ad's premise, because he knew that using a Mac can be just as frustrating. In this three and a half minute spoof, Crestle rants and raves about his Mac, complaining about system lockups, interface confusion, and update hassles.

Interspersed are shots of him drop-kicking an iMac and otherwise violating Apple hardware.

Microsoft's ZunePhone: a rotary-dial iPhone knockoff

We've all heard the old joke: "If Microsoft built cars..." But what if the company made an iPhone knockoff?

In this parody of the Apple iPhone ad campaign 'This is How', this fake ad shows Bill Gates's finger taking us on a tour of the fictitious Microsoft ZunePhone.

We learn how ZunePhone users make a call (using a digital rotary dial), how the ZunePhone's camera works (think Polaroid), and how often the ZunePhone will be delayed.

Hello, I'm a 'Get a Mac' parody ad

The current 'Get a Mac' advertising campaign, with actors David Mitchell and Robert Webb, just might be the most parody-inducing advertisement Apple has ever created. In most cases, though, the actual ads are a lot funnier than the parodies.

For my money the most innovative imitation comes from Novell, which launched this pro-Linux ad ad in March 2007. The ad features both a Mac and a PC claiming to be the best.

Halfway through, a woman who represents Linux introduces herself, much to the chagrin of both 'number one' operating systems.

Who knew Linux was female?

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Getting feist-y with the Nano

Nothing is more annoying than buying digital gear only to find out the next day that it's obsolete. That's how many Apple customers feel about the company's rapid-fire release of new iPods. No other parody of an Apple commercial pays tribute to such product-cycle angst better than this one from Mad TV.

The spoof pokes fun at the iPod Nano commercial that features Feist's performance of '1234'.

Mad TV's ad changes Feist's lyrics to "Ohoho, they keep changing the iPod, ohoho I keep blowing my wad..."

The ad that launched a thousand parodies

In 2006, Apple's ad campaign for new colourful iPod nanos featured silhouettes of peppy dancers gyrating against solid colours to the sound of upbeat music. The ads were instantly popular not only with Apple fans but also with people looking for something to mock. And mock they did.

You could spend a day watching the seemingly endless tributes to the nano ads. One of the best parodies, posted to YouTube by user heartofgold42, is sort of the polar opposite of the original Apple ad. Instead of featuring a high-energy song and a sprightly dancer, the parody shows the silhouette of the nerdy character Napoleon Dynamite, from the movie of the same name, quietly shuffling to Jamiroquai's 'Canned Heat'.

Can you be too thin? Lenovo vs MacBook Air

Call it the notebook battle of the bulge. Apple released its svelte MacBook Air earlier this year, along with a fat-budget ad campaign. Apple's ad showed a MacBook Air laptop being slipped out of a manila envelope, a demonstration of the 19mm-thick machine's ultraportability.

Not long after, Lenovo released the ThinkPad X300, which, while very skinny, wasn't quite as slim as the Air.

Perhaps feeling a tad insecure about its body image, Lenovo lashed out in its ad, making fun of some of the compromises that Apple had made to shave inches from the Air.

A hand pulls the Air out of a manila folder, attaches a graphics card, a USB hub, an external DVD drive, and assorted other peripherals, and then tries to shove them all back into the envelope, tearing it in the process.

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SNL: A veritable Apple-Ad parody factory

US TV institution Saturday Night Live has been poking fun at Apple commercials since at least 1995. Over the years the show has satirised the Macintosh Classic II, and even Apple products that don't actually exist.

But it was a spoof of Apple's 'black backdrop' Apple iPhone ads that got SNL the most laughs. On November 3, 2007, SNL comedian Fred Armisen did a take on the highly stylised ad, making fun of some of the 'pinch it' gestures that the iPhone's interface supports.

Some eagle eyes spotted that the iPhone used in the commercial had undergone jailbreaking to run iPhone applications not sanctioned by Apple.

Around the same time, another video SNL spoof of Apple's 'black backdrop' ad leaked to the web. This ''hit and run' version of the iPhone ad was a bit more outrageous and never ran on NBC.

984, 24 years later

There's no statute of limitations on Apple-ad parodies. A mysterious YouTuber with the handle ParkRidge47 reached all the way back to Apple's '1984' Macintosh television commercial (which famously ran during Super Bowl XVIII) to lampoon presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The video is a mashup of the original Apple ad, which depicts a runner in an Orwellian world who throws a sledgehammer at a giant TV screen with Big Brother on it. In ParkRidge47's version, Hillary is Big Brother, and the ad ends with a pitch for BarackObama.com.

Here's to the parodies: think different

Perhaps the most iconic installment of Apple's 'Think Different' ad campaign was a TV commercial called 'The Crazy Ones'. Voice-over narration from Richard Dreyfuss played while black-and-white videos of rule-breaking achievers such as Albert Einstein, Maria Callas, and Amelia Earhart ran.

The serious tenor of the ad, coupled with the images of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr that were also part of the campaign, made it an easy target for parody.

The funniest (and most tasteful) 'Think Different' parody applies the same solemn music and narration to black-and-white video clips of 'Star Wars' characters such as Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Padme Amidala.

Apple makes fun of itself: Mac vs Parfait

Why let everyone else have all the fun making parody ads? That's what I imagine Apple's marketing department decided when it hired comedian Will Farrell to do a satire of one of its 'Switch' commercials.

The ad , in which Farrell contrasts Apple products with a parfait and identifies himself as a porn actor, ran at Apple's 2002 Macworld Expo keynote.

It didn't take long for the fake 'Switch' commercial to make its way to YouTube.

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