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  • Musicians aren't losing out from streaming music, UK regulator says

    The biggest issue right now is the distribution of subscription fees. 

    Currently, everyone's fees are thrown in a pot and distributed according to the total number of streams. 

    This is somewhere between problematic and catastrophic. 

    1.) it opens the floodgates for manipulation. Bot farms streaming hundreds of thousands of instances generate real money, and take it away from all the rest of us. 

    2.) it ensures that only the major players get any sort of meaningful revenue. 

    What we need is a model where each user's subscription fee is allocated to the artists THAT USER listens to. 

    A kid who pays a $12 subscription fee, but only listens to his three favourite underground bands, sees all his money goes to Drake and Taylor Swift. 

    That is not okay, and it makes work impossible for a whole range of indie artists who used to sell just enough records to their loyal fanbase to break even. 
  • Jean-Louis Gassee doesn't know who an iPad is for, and thinks you don't either

    Use case 1: my daughter is in tenth grade. Her iPad and iPhone are her only computers. All of her schoolwork, notes, and schoolbooks are handled on the iPad/Pencil. 

    Use case 2: The live music industry has been largely revolutionised by iPad.
    a) Remote mixing is the norm. A sound engineer will walk through the venue during sound check and adjust the mix using his iPad to control the mixing console. 
    b) Our onstage monitor mixes (making sure the musicians onstage hear the other musicians, click tracks, cues, and talkline, etc.) used to require a dedicated engineer, or be handled as extra duty by the front-of-house mixer. It has become the norm to have a wifi-enabled rack mixer for monitoring, with each musician using an iPad (or smartphone) to control their own individual mix. 
    c) Paper notation is a thing of the past. Cover bands with massive binders full of sheets for a six-hour gig are a very, very rare thing these days. iPad completely replaced paper for most of us. 
    d) it's not just paper replacement, but sound program changer, synth remote control, and, for a number of us, actual sound engine, as well. 
  • I Never Expected This

    a) you now have a four- or five-year-old iPhone X? okay. 

    b) did you buy those AirPods from Apple or another reputable dealer? 

    I ask because „illegally modified“ might be code for „counterfeit“. Counterfeits may come from the same production line, but „off-shift“. So they can be „real“, but may not be „official“, in which case Apple cannot deal with them if the serial numbers or chip IDs or whatever don’t match their listings. 
  • iPhone must use USB-C by 2024, says EU law

    BossaYeye said:
    Really hoping Apple adds USB-C to the iPhone.
     But they’re probably going to try to go portless before that even happens.  :/
    They can't go ProRes & 8K with terabyte iPhone storage and wireless-only. 
  • Obscene Apple News notification first sign that Fast Company was hacked

    Who still actually reads AppleNews?

    I would, if it were finally available in this country. 

    It is not.