On this episode of Not Another Mac Podcast, Peter is joined by Guy Serle and Antonio Rosario to discuss everything about Apple including iTunes Match, Apple Music, DiscoveryD Antenna Gate, Apple Pay, Another Steve Jobs film, iBooks authoring, and replace the Photos App with an alternative.
Make sure you check out Guy Serle's book Maltese Cube.
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iTunes Match and Apple Music: The round table discuss the possible problems with being charged twice. Once for iTunes Match and then for Apple Music which includes an iTunes Match styled service. Whilst I agree that it is a concern, it should also be noted that Apple Music's iTunes Match inclusion will DRM your matched music, thereby preventing playback on third party systems and applications. By comparison, iTunes Match as a standalone product contains no DRM. DRM is so 2003, don't you think? Guy brings up a great point that Apple keeps trying cloud based services, and changing accordingly, therefore we need to wonder how long they will stick with Apple Music. Will it become another Ping!? Obviously, it is too early to say, but what has your experience of Apple Music been like? Personally, I'm not going to use Apple Music as I want to keep my existing iTunes Match/Radio system running. That said, I have noticed that I am no longer getting dropouts or skipped songs in iTunes Match since Apple Music was released. The roundtable also compare their music collections to see who has the biggest collection and I'm impressed that my peers are such dedicated music fans. MUSIC ROCKS! The guys talk about the setup process, for Apple Music, and all I can say about the algorithm approach is that my music tastes are so broad, I wouldn't want to diminish any possible genre. Antonio somewhat agrees as he felt it was quite limiting and he wonders why they didn't just check his music library to work out his personal interests. Perhaps the reason they didn't do that was they want to distance Apple Music from iTunes, or have it so that you know that you don't need iTunes in order for Apple Music to function. Guy decides to drop the 'Hey Siri' bomb' – complaints can be forwarded to @Macparrot who is in no way responsible as the editor (me) decided to leave it in as a social experiment.
DiscoveryD Network Issues: The team talk about possible network issues with the latet updates to OS X. Guy mentioned that it was also spoken about on a recent episode of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast. To be completely honest I have no real idea of what DiscoveryD is, so let's take a listen to the rest of the conversation shall we?
Antenna Gate: Interesting development for the Antenna issues that plagued the iPhone a number of years ago. Guy mentioned that it only really impacted people who are left handed. Is this the beginning of a conspiracy theory?
Apple Is Doomed Because Apple Watch Is Doomed: All I can say is anything can happen, but not in the foreseeable future unless someone really screws up! Despite annaylists being completely wrong, most of the time, why on earth are they paid so much to lie more than lawyers and politicians? Frankly, it sounds like a made up job that requires no real research or validation of claims.
Barklays Bank Didn't Sign Up For Apple Pay: Poor Peter. He was so looking forward to using Apple Pay but his bank doesn't support it. Maybe he should go with Gringotts! Guy and the crew wonder why people don't care about the information that is being gathered by massive companies to use in avenues such as marketing. Whilst I agree with Guy that people openly give permission for their information to be used, one of the major problems is the terms and conditions of a service that are never read. We all tap the agree button because if we don't agree with a change that Apple (insert other evil company) has made to iOS, for instance, then our iPhone becomes useless.
Another Steve Jobs Trailer: I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not sure that want to see another movie about Steve Jobs. Are you interested? Let us know in the comments. The guys then go a little off topic, but at least I know the movies I want to check out in the coming months.
iBooks: Options for creating eBooks and getting them sold are discussed. It is a very interesting conversation for anyone looking to self publish. If you do self publish, dear listener, let us know so that we can read your book and promote it on the show. I couldn't agree more with Guy about having a second person look over your written content for errors. Lord knows I have more than my fair share. However, I have never read a book, by any author, that didn't have a least one error in it. Not necessarily a massive error, but just a small typo that got missed in the editing process.
Apps To Replace Photos: Antonio has been looking at a number of apps that could replace Apple's Photos app since I raised issues about it last time I hosted. You know the episode. The one where I never stopped talking. Anyway, Antonio has found: Emulsion for Mac and he gives a his initial thoughts. Antonio is right on the money with regards to Apple pulling the rug out from underneath professionals that decided to dedicate their time and workflow to Aperture. If nothing else, it sets a bad precedence that Apple cannot be trusted to deliver and support software that can be used in the professional world for years to come. Afterall, look at what they did to iWork. Antonio talks about how many photographs are being taken by everyone and the possible management dramas that will result. Although, I can't help but wonder if the average user ever looks back at photographs they have taken in the past. Do they relive the memories, or is digital photo management for many people merely akin to digital shoebox of photographs. What do you think? Leave us a comment. Antonio has me in hesterics with regards to selfie sticks. Remember Antonio, it is all about i. iMac, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iPhone. Now i need to go and publish this episode, so i can get on with my iLife! What's left of it that is!