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You're dreaming.   It's never going to be that much revenue. In the U.S. in 2014, Sound Exchange revenue to the record industry was $773.4 million, paid streaming subscriptions earned $799.1 million and On-demand ad supported streaming earned $294.8 million.   That's $1.867 billion.   Of course, that's the money that's paid to the record industry, not necessarily the top-line revenue of the services.  As long as there are free ad-supported streaming sites, there are going...
I'm an older guy who wears glasses, but I think I still prefer Helvetica over San Francisco.   The thinner lines make it more elegant, IMO.   I'm glad to see that upper/lower case keyboard change.  Jobs always said that the reason why the iPhone didn't have a physical keyboard was so the keyboard could change depending upon what you were doing, but the keyboard didn't change as you moved from lower to upper case or back (except for the Shift key).    And I always found...
You're right.  No one cares about that stuff anymore.   And IMO, that's one of the many reasons that the music business is in the dumps.   While one can search the interwebs to find out anything about an artists, I think the immediacy of reading the liner notes, finding out who the musicians and writers were generated tremendous interest in music and resulted in tons of sales.   In Europe and Japan, music geeks used to know such information down to the master numbers (and...
I don't know where your "locally" is, but businesses going under and vacant real estate has more to do with the transition to e-commerce, the domination of big box stores and malls and real estate owner greed than with the health of the economy itself.     Many commercial real-estate companies don't want local businesses - they want national chains because they pay more, they tend to stay in business and they'll keep paying the rent even when a given location is losing...
I'm not sure you're correct that the only way a merchant can refuse to accept Apple Pay is by turning off NFC.   My local chain drugstore has NFC terminals, my iPhone recognized the terminal and the terminal recognized that the phone was there, and at first it seemed like the transaction went through (according to the phone), but the transaction was refused.    I then used a debit card and was concerned enough that I checked my account to make sure they didn't charge me...
An absurd straw man argument.   Child molesters and pedophiles are caught by their actions and complaints about them, not by their phone calls.   Mexican drug cartels and the like have operated and expanded long before the advent of iOS.   Do you really think the Mexican and U.S. Governments don't already know about the cartels and their shipments?   If searching trucks at the borders doesn't stop the flow of drugs, do you really think phone call metadata is going to? In...
It depends upon one's meaning of success. If success means flooding the market with units that bring in almost no profit, then yes, you can say that Android is a success. And it's true that anyone who buys an Android phone isn't buying an Apple phone. Although some people consider their Android phones to serve their purposes well, I pretty much consider Android phones to be the equivalent of a flip-phone. We don't consider flip-phones when we look at Apple's success...
While you make some good points and I do think that many of the broadband providers gouge people, programs like this are generally inefficient and filled with fraud.And if it doesn't limit prices, the vendors will take the subsidy and then raise prices anyway.I'd rather see the Government put people to work and raise the minimum wage. Then those people can pay for their own access. Or, the government can support public Wi-Fi (although much of the public WiFi I've tried...
I hope this is sarcastic because if it's not, it's completely idiotic.  Apple does not force you to use your watch while driving.    The responsibility is on each person to drive properly.   Are you suing McDonald's because some people drink their coffee while driving and that can be distracting?   Are you suing companies who make women's makeup because some women apply makeup while driving?   Are you suing radio stations who play noisy comic bits because that can confuse...
It depends upon what he actually had to do.   If the music app was already on the screen and all he did was hit the arrow for the next song, I don't think he deserved the ticket.   IMO, that's no different than hitting a remote button on the steering wheel that some cars have or reaching over to the radio and hitting next.   But if he had to activate the watch and navigate to the music app and then hit the next arrow, that probably was distracting enough that he deserved...
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