Jim Dalrymple on Apple Music

A cute little monkey.The Loop“Over the weekend, I turned off Apple Music and it took large chunks of my purchased music with it. Sadly, many of the songs were added from CDs years ago that I no longer have access to. Looking at my old iTunes Match library, before Apple Music, I’m missing about 4,700 songs. At this point, I just don’t care anymore, I just want Apple Music off my devices.”

Ouch. It sounds like Apple Music has some really serious problems to sort out.

Will Apple ever get the “they can’t build web services” monkey off their backs?


Definitely not Steve’s Apple

AHHHHHH!Ben Thompson: “WWDC went in the other direction. The first 90 minutes were excellent: very tight, with excellent clarity and momentum, well-rehearsed speakers delivering mostly iterative announcements with the occasional surprise. The final 60, on the other hand — the “one more thing” — were the exact opposite: unclear and dragging, with unprepared speakers delivering…well, I’m honestly not sure what most of them were saying. If there was a surprise the lack of a coherent message has to be top of the list.”

Yeah, I know, the title is a bit sensational, I couldn’t help myself. I love Apple as much as the next fanboy, but I do see some flaws in their once highly polished veneer. Apple Keynote’s are important and for developers WWDC is very important. To have Jimmy Iovine stink up the stage like he did was disappointing.

You won’t hear Apple’s biggest fans talk about this disaster, they only focus on the positive, but it’s important to talk about this as well. To see the company you develop software for start to stumble a bit is worrisome. Some recent moves remind me of the Microsoft of the 90’s. Will we hear monopoly talk?

Do I think Apple is doomed? No, of course not. They’re just hitting a gawky teenage stage. They’re tripping over their own feet. I also believe this disastrous showing must have been due to a last minute cancellation. It was rumored we were going to hear about the new Apple TV. That didn’t happen. It would have been so much better if they had just ended the keynote. Painful.

That’s enough ranting. I need to go read about the new API’s and do my day job.

#twitter Social

Twitter Music

Twitter Blog: “We offered music artists an early look at the service. You can see some of their reactions below. We hope you like it, too.”

The reactions from musicians seem so similar it makes me wonder how much they were paid to rave about the app. Then again, maybe their enthusiasm seems the same because there’s only so much you can say in 140-characters?

I do like the app UI, but I can’t find a reason to use it. I have iTunes and Pandora. Both have served me well. Maybe getting musicians on board is a way to pull the kids into using it. Popularity is a strange beast in a consumer driven society.


Steve Jobs Killed Music

PCWorld: “Bon Jovi doesn’t explain why the coming of digital music was the fault of the Apple CEO beyond the view that his company’s iTunes service has profited from it. As many commentators have pointed out, Apple didn’t invent digital music because Apple rarely invents anything, preferring instead to perfect breakthroughs made by others such as Napster.”


The workout play list

Inspired by my good friend David’s kickboxing playlist, I thought I’d share my workout play list with ya’ll. Here she be, in all her glory. Enjoy.

  • My Own Summer (Shove It) – Deftones
  • Kimdracula – Deftones
  • Minerva (Album Version) – Deftones
  • Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against the Machine
  • Testify – Rage Against the Machine
  • Killing In the Name – Rage Against the Machine
  • Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine
  • Awake – Godsmack
  • Stupify – Disturbed
  • Bodies – Drowning Pool
  • Prayer – Disturbed
  • Sleep Now In the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
  • Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
  • Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel
  • Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies

Gets me through my workouts.