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  • Twitter's new 2500-word limit won't fix the attention spans it has broken

    This article is 2494 characters long and has 404 words. 
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  • Bill Gates said Steve Jobs caught Microsoft 'flat-footed' with launch of iTunes Store

     to make way for the ill-fated Zune Marketplace and other similarly abysmal content delivery products. 
    Whoa whoa whoa! Hold on a minute.  Zune Marketplace was absolutely ill-fated.  But “abysmal content delivery product” is a gross mischaracterization.  By Gen 3 Microsoft, in 2008, had competitive hardware for the day and in most respects better software and services than Apple has in Apple Music today.  

    Sure, Zune had long since been panned by consumer electronics blogs, but gen 3 hardware was legit.  The desktop software would still hold up against Spotify and Apple Music in terms of usability and vastly outclasses either in style.  The music exploration and recommendations were excellent.  I still miss the playback visualizations.  They had social features baked in and had a web music player that was a first class citizen in their ecosystem. You could cast music between devices before the word “casting” had been coined.  Zune Pass gave you access to unlimited streaming of 14 million tracks and let you keep 10 each month.  While Apple was raising digital downloads to $1.29/track, Microsoft was offering discounted annual subscriptions at $149.  It was the equivalent of buying 10 songs on iTunes each month plus $1.75/mo for unlimited streaming.

    Zune lost the battle of mind share, but 13 years later I’m still waiting for someone to step up and revive the golden age of streaming music.




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  • Apple releases second developer betas for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, macOS Big...

    kkqd1337 said:
    Can you change the default email app yet?
    This doesn’t have to do with the beta supporting the feature. Developers have to update their apps to tell iOS they want to be included as an option for the default email app. 
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  • YouTube TV hikes monthly subscription price to $65

    Exactly. It was already more than cable before, and now it's just ridiculous. 30% increase!?! Who would be interested in this? People with money to burn...
    It can depend heavily on what’s available in your area. The ONLY cable option to our home is Comcast. 

    The cheapest package I can seem to get from Comcast is $80 once you add in hidden fees for HD content and local sports broadcast fees. This is literally double their advertised price. 

    YT TV isn’t what any of us hoped Internet TV would be, but it’s still 20% cheaper than Comcast for a significantly better lineup and features that would raise the price of a Comcast package even higher. 
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  • Siri can interact with streaming media apps like Spotify in iOS 12

    There's some preliminary documentation on the new Media intent domain here:
    https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit#2979425

    It looks like full 3rd party support for music, TV, movies, podcasts, and audiobooks is coming.  It would require developers to implement the new domain, but this seems like something they would be quick to jump on. 

    This seems like such a big deal that the fact that it didn't make the keynote makes me skeptical about it coming out at launch for iOS 12.  Might be a 12.3 kind of thing??

    Here's a list of what is considered media:
    https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit/inmediaitemtype

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