If I'm not. mistaking, you can stream Pandora on Apple audio devices, but not Spotify. This is as it should be for all the b*tching Spotify does in public. Also, It'd be just-desert if Epic was never again allowed on the App Store for all of their public grandstanding and muck-raking! Apple's public persona, however, tells me that if any of these sad-ass companies conformed to Apple's standards, they let them back in a heartbeat. 


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  • Apple fires employee who spoke out on workplace issues, cites alleged leak

    welshdog said:
    s.metcalf said:
    What she describes sounds (unfortunately) typical of most corporates and is very believable.  I can imagine working for an employer that has such a comprehensive—even overwhelming—employee monitoring capability, and an internal crack squadron of “ threat officers” (the so-called Apple Police) would be stressful, even without employer problems.  You’d want to consider that when negotiating a salary with Apple, that’s for sure.

    Not convinced airing your grievances on Twitter is the right approach, however.
    I worked for Apple a total of 5 weeks as an iOS At Home Advisor (phone tech support). Four weeks of that was training which was great. The actual work was too stressful and I had to quit. One factor was the shocking amount of monitoring they did on me while I worked. One time after a call, I was doing the cleanup (notes etc.) and I heard a voice calling my name. A window opened on my iMac and my manager appeared wanting to know why I was taking so long. I was not used to that sort of oversight. Every employer I had ever had in my life gave me the responsibility to get the work done without someone standing over me. There were a lot of rules including shutting off the iMac  when done working and not using it for anything until the next shift. Even if it was related to my work, like checking my schedule for example, was not allowed. Plus then there was this whole complex system of demerits you got for being late, or going to a doctor's appointment or anything else related to life in general. None of this is unique to Apple of course, but it is alien to me. At age 64 and retired, I do feel very sorry for people stuck in this sort or corporate gulag. I could not do it and won't even entertain the thought of working for a large corporation ever again.
    You certainly have a lot to say after one whole week on the job. I've used Apple support for nearly 3 decades and without exception, all support personnel spent however much time was necessary (sometimes days!) to resolve my issue. During this time it wasn't unusual for me to have casual conversation with them. Given how many of them sincerely loved their job at Apple (many of whom had worked there for ages), I have to wonder about this one-week-wonder.
  • Elon Musk says Apple's 30% commission rate is 'definitely not ok'

    But Musk charging $10,000 for a non-functioning FSD (Full Self Driving) mode that he's been promising for over 5 years saying repeatedly it's coming "soon" being a complete scam is OK. Besides being a petulant child who takes swipes at anyone who is a threat to him, he is a mendacious danger.
  • Employee COVID outbreak forces Apple to close Texas store

    Texas……where a virus has reproductive rights but a woman doesn't!
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  • Jony Ive is no longer consulting for Apple

    darkvader said:

    His early stuff wasn't awful.  Everything he's touched for the last 15+ years has been.
    EXACTLY, however, I was never thrilled with his designs from the start. His belief that function follows form is entirely antithetical to good design and human engineering. I was delighted when Ives left and was a bit concerned that there was still a connection between Love From (what a god-awful name unless you're a greeting card company or a florist) and Apple. I believe that since Job's death, Ives has been content to receive a paycheck despite doing next to nothing for Apple. Jonny, don't let the door……………………!
  • Apple's lobbying against Georgia app store bill included threats to pull investments

    The Coalition for App Fairness IS Epic Games. What a shame it is that they make the amazing Unreal Engine because they're such a PILE! 
  • Apple TV+ 'The Morning Show' renewed for a third season

    If you like non-stop, way over the top, over-acted anger, with dialogue consisting of every sentence containing F•••, F•••, F•••, you'll love The Morning Show. I hope the new showrunner can get a handle on these drama kings and queens (actors, writers, directors, and producers), then this could actually turn out to be an award-winning show. And yes, I've watched every episode, more to laugh at it than admire it, but I can see redemption if others feel the same. Who am I kidding, America loves this crap!
  • Apple could face $900 million 'Batterygate' suit in UK

    Another day, another lawsuit against Apple. As usual, the motive seems more to be a cash grab than anything truly justifiable. 
  • Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, lose million music subscribers in UK

    And those subscribers aren’t coming back either - they are finished… I wish Apple would just give me back iTunes the way it was… People are getting sick of the subscription based services. They want to have ownership of the products they buy… if they don’t upgrade, then they don’t have the latest feature, but at least they still have what they have paid for to date… I avoid subscription based services and products and will even settle for a inferior product if that product is a one time cost pricing model. Look at how that greed has killed Adobe… people can’t get away from those products fast enough now… and they are. But thats what Wall Street influenced companies do and have happen to them… deservingly so.  
    I wanted iTunes back too until I spent enough time with Apple Music to know that iTunes is still in there. I'm getting tired of subscriptions too, but in a few instances, like Adobe Photoshop which is regularly being upgraded with new features, often significant, without having to wait for a full product update. More are not as attractive because of their unjustifiable terms - having too little utility for the cost. This is subjective, of course. 

    I don't agree that those who've left streaming subscriptions during this economic downturn won't come back when economies improve. Only time will tell.
  • Kanye says he turned down $100M Apple Music offer & is now beefing with Apple

    I guess "ugly", "ignorant" and "no-talent" weren't enough, he had to add "obnoxious liar" to the list!

  • Epic Games claims Apple led court astray on competition, security & more

    Even if Epic complied with App Store policies, Apple would be foolish to allow them back on its platforms given the amount of damage they've attempted to inflict on Apple! Epic's miscreant CEO reminds me of other billionaires who demand rules bend to their wishes because……………they believe they're ENTITLED to it. Apple Tim, please tell Epic Tim to go pound sand.