iTunes

Extras, Indeed

While everyone else in the community is still losing its mind over the battery bump, I thought I’d offer a change of pace and criticize something a little more concerning about Apple’s recent endeavors. It didn’t take much effort to find something less controversial, at least. Let’s take, for instance, the experience of watching iTunes Extras material on an iPad. iTunes Extras are like DVD bonus features for the movies you buy on iTunes. Some movies only offer an alternate commentary track. Others get quite elaborate,…

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On the demise of Ping

Ping: What went wrong | Macworld: “And therein lies Ping’s primary defect. Though dressed in social garb, at its heart, it’s a crude advertising vehicle. And one—undoubtedly to the great disappointment of some at Apple—that too many people saw through.” (Via Macworld.) Another great article from Christopher Breen. I’d add that another of Ping’s shortcomings is that you can’t simply post links to interesting articles, stories, pictures, etc. Artists could post whatever they wanted, but regular users like you and me had to start…

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Jason Snell on iTunes

iTunes: Time to right the syncing ship | Macworld: The iTunes we’ve all come to know has had a good run, but it’s reached the point where it is a crazy agglomeration of features and functionality. If someone were to design it today, it wouldn’t remotely resemble its current state. And as a portal to iOS devices and the iTunes Store, iTunes is too crucial to Apple’s business to ignore or run on auto-pilot. (Via www.macworld.com) I think just about everyone who uses iTunes, which…

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iTunes Match Confusion Abound

Here are some of the most common queries, concerns, and misconceptions about Apple’s music service, laid out for your reading pleasure. via iTunes Match: What you need to know | Macworld. Macworld wrote a nice article here clearing up a lot of the misconceptions surrounding iTunes Match. I think this is a classic case of people hearing what they wanted to hear back when Apple announced this service. Many had it in their heads that it was some grand Cloud strategy that would allow them to no longer store any…

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KERUFF, responding to Musically's article on Amazon's and Google's online music ventures

> ### > > [Amazon & Google play into Apple’s hands with their early, incomplete music stores](http://musically.com/blog/2011/05/11/google-and-amazons-cloud-lockers-may-play-into-apples-hands/) > > Musically: > > > Apple likes to be late, and better. So by racing to market without licences, have Google and Amazon simply set their services up as the Creative Nomad jukeboxes of the cloud music age? Ironically, by launching without deals from labels, both companies may have given Apple the leverage it needs to strike the very licensing deals that will help its cloud service blow them out of the water.…

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