The new Apple Music Classical app solves the wrong problem. Is Apple Music Disco next?
Apple Music has long frustrated classical music fans. In response, why did Apple opt to create an entirely separate app?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Influence & Legacy
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has been adapted and extended into virtually every media yet conceived by humankind — if more advanced species elsewhere in the galaxy are able to plug the story directly into their brains, they haven’t yet shared the technology with us earthlings. Back on Earth, Adams personally wrote the […]
Based On a True Story: Mike Daisey
I agree 99% with the popular consensus regarding Mike Daisey: he lied. But the tiny 1% nobody seems to be talking about is bothering the hell out of me: if his now infamous monologue “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is a work of fiction, why can’t we talk about it as a work […]
Design is how it works: Gary Hustwit’s Objectified
Objectified finds its thesis in a quotation from one of history’s prime industrialists, Henry Ford: “Every object, whether intentional or not, speaks to whoever put it there.” In other words, everything we select, purchase, and interact with, was first designed and manufactured by a skilled artisan. That person’s job is to obsess about you, your […]
More iTunes and iPod minutia
Because I just can’t help myself, a few more comments on iTunes: The iTunes 7.0.1 maintenance update (no longer online: apple.com/support/downloads/itunes701.html) has finally dropped. I haven’t noticed any real speed improvements, but Apple has fixed the bug of dragging image files to the album art window not working. Partially fixed, rather… you can now only […]
My iTunes 7 Nightmare
As Engadget reports, iTunes 7 may be more than a little flakey, and I have a nightmare story of my own. First, some background: I use a PowerBook G4 17″, with a very, very large iTunes library of 16,000 plus tracks, stored on an external 250 GB LaCie Firewire hard drive. Perhaps unwisely, I was […]
Notes on Apple’s “It’s Showtime” special event
Time for some obligatory mouthing off about Apple’s latest iFiesta, the “It’s Showtime” special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. iPod with Video (such an ungainly name): enhanced with more storage and brighter screen. iPod Nano: totally redesigned. Or rather, it’s just like the retired iPod mini except […]