Tag Archives: Apple Music

Apple Music, Mac Essentials bundle, chatbots flirting

Two chatbots conversing is decidedly odd.
Two chatbots conversing is decidedly odd.

Apple’s new iTunes Terms & Conditions highlight Apple Music, Exposé iCloud Music Library — Apple has just updated the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.
The big changes include the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of “iCloud Music Library” that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.

Summer Mac Essentials Bundle — Only a short time left to get US$234 worth of Mac apps for US$19.99. [I tend to think these things are worth it if you really want at least two of the apps.]

Two chatbots conversing is pretty weird — Ultra Hal is an artificially intelligent chat bot that learns from past conversations, according to its creators at Zabaware. Having two of them talk may result in: mild sexism, communism, and random interjections of trivia.


iOS 8.4 before Apple Music, Lara Croft Relic Run, Apple Watch Sport less reflective

Lara Croft: Relic Run is free, and still compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini 1, iPad 2
Lara Croft: Relic Run is free, and still compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini 1, iPad 2

iOS 8.4 coming Tuesday at 8AM Pacific Time Ahead of Apple Music launch — Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8AM US Pacific Time on June 30, an hour ahead of the official Apple Music launch. The update will include support for Apple’s new streaming music and Internet radio service.

Lara Croft: Relic Run is flashy, fun, and free — Lara Croft: Relic Run is a game specifically built for touch that puts the franchise heroine in a new adventure better suited for phones and tablets. Macworld explains why it’s so good; you can get it free from here.

The Apple Watch Sport is less reflective so easier to read in bright sunlight — The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition have sapphire crystal covering their displays, but the lower-cost Apple Watch Sport uses Ion-X glass instead. The Apple Watch’s sapphire crystal reflects more ambient light than the Ion-X glass on the Apple Watch Sport, making the expensive watch’s display appear washed out in comparison.

Swift ‘solidified’ Apple’s stance, iPhone life, Mac OS 7 on Apple Watch, Google Play’s play

A short film follows the life and rebirth of an iPhone.
A short film follows the life and rebirth of an iPhone.

Taylor Swift merely ‘solidified’ Apple’s changing stance, Cue reckons — Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift’s open letter “solidified” the need to change Apple Music’s artist compensation plan. He said Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision. [Right on, Cue.]

Creative film showcases the life and death of an iPhone — Filmmaker Paul Trillo has chronicled the life of the iPhone in a clever 7-minute video that was also shot and edited on an iPhone. The video is filmed from the iPhone’s point of view, starting with its birth on the factory floor in China. The adventure ends when the poor device is dropped, shattering its screen.
Fortunately, that’s not the end of the iPhone – it is reincarnated on the black market following a trip to the repair shop.

A developer ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to the Apple Watch — Using the Mini vMac emulator, developer Nick Lee was able to run Mac OS 7.5.5 on his Apple Watch with watchOS 2. An accompanying video showcases the surprisingly snappy performance of the legacy desktop OS on the watch wearable. [Shows the the computing power of this tiny Apple device.]

Google Play Music adds free, ad-supported radio in effort to lure subscribers — Google hopes to steal some thunder from the launch of Apple Music. On Tuesday the company announced a free, ad-supported tier to Google Play Music streaming that will match the same type of offering from Spotify and Apple

The Swift factor and Apple Music, Apple Watch developers, Monster and Jobs

Apple Music’s potential is bigger than even Taylor Swift can see — 
It’s good that Swift’s open letter helped Apple see the folly of asking artists to go without royalties for three months. But Apple Music could pay larger dividends. [She ‘beat’ Apple – she also gained a ton of worldwide press for Apple Music …]


Joy of Tech immortalises Taylor Swift schooling Apple — The big news over the weekend was Taylor Swift’s blog post callout Apple out for not paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial period for Apple Music. The Joy of Tech, the long running online comic about the tech world, offered up its take on what played out with a decidedly 1984 spin. It’s great (left), and it’s also a nice reminder that Apple needs to make sure it never becomes what it fought against over 30 years ago.

Eddy Cue on Swift — Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, sat down with Billboard to discuss his company’s recent experience with singer Taylor Swift. The musician refused to make her current album, 1989, available to Apple Music streaming as long as artists were unpaid during the forthcoming service’s three-month trial period.

Tim Cook says Watch attracting more developer interest than iPhone, iPad at this point — The Apple Watch has only been available for a very short time, but it’s already attracting more developer interest than the iPhone or iPad did early on. That’s the message Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to an interviewer from the Chinese-language version of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Monster’s lawsuit against Beats recalls long relationship with Steve Jobs, Apple — The ongoing legal tussle between Monster and Beats over the way in which Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dré assumed control of the company in the run-up to its acquisition by Apple has focussed the spotlight on the many ways the two music moguls worked with Apple and late cofounder Steve Jobs over the years.

Swift to rock the developing world, all you need to know about Apple Music, angry Apple employees


Apple’s Swift 2 is poised to rock the software world — On Monday, Apple’s Craig Federighi announced that Apple’s Swift 2 programming language would become open source. This decision will have spectacular consequences for the whole software world.
Apple’s Swift programming language is designed to be fast, less syntactically complex, less ambiguous and thereby more secure. However, to date, it has been restricted to iOS and OS X development. Of course, that’s not a bad thing, and Swift has walked the fiery coals of any language used for mass mobile app deployment. That’s a great opening act.
One ramification is that you will no longer require a Mac to write in Swift.

Everything you need to know about Apple Music — After months of rumour and speculation, Apple on Tuesday unveiled its first foray into paid music streaming with Apple Music. Featuring access to an extensive iTunes-based catalogue, human-curated playlists, Beats 1 radio and Connect social networking for artists, the product promises to be one of Apple’s biggest releases for 2015.
Apple breaks down Music into three pillars: streaming tracks, Beats 1 radio and Connect. Separately, each leg can’t stand on its own, but together Apple hopes to offer a compelling option to industry giants like Spotify.

Apple Store employees sent emails to Tim Cook regarding bag check policy — Yesterday, a judge unsealed records that are part of a 2013 lawsuit that alleges Apple should pay employees for the time it takes to do security bag checks. These checks are done at the end of shifts, designed to ensure employees were not taking merchandise from the retail outlets.

iWork online for Windows, Obama Cybersecurity, iCloud, BBC hire with NZ connection, BusyMac Contacts

The online iCloud app betas are now available to Windows users with iCloud accounts
The online iCloud app betas are now available to Windows users with iCloud accounts

iWork in the cloud opens to Windows users — Apple’s iWork for iCloud took another step towards coming out of beta by opening up to all Apple ID holders, including Windows users. Previously, the public beta was available only if you used Apple devices to access the website. [Go to icloud.com, put in your Apple ID email address and password.]
The web-based versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are designed to work cross platform, just like Microsoft’s online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Apple signs on to Obama’s cybersecurity framework as Tim Cook calls privacy ‘life and death’ issue — Apple is among more than a half-dozen major US corporations that have agreed to integrate the White House’s Cybersecurity Framework into their operations, but the iPhone maker will not share security information with the federal government.

Grammy-nominated NZ-born DJ Zane Lowe leaving flagship BBC Radio show, joining Apple — One of BBC Radio’s most popular music personalities is set to leave the historic British broadcaster in March, and will reportedly move across the pond to take a still-unknown position at Apple.

For Apple’s revamped photo experience to work, iCloud changes are needed — The impending release of Photos for OS X and the new iCloud Photo Library make Apple’s commitment to the cloud more important than ever before. But the company’s current iCloud storage options are confusing to the average user (says Apple Insider) and remain a significant hurdle it must find a way to address.

Rumours Apple is working on a car — Apple has been making significant hires from the automotive world. Why? We don’t know …

Last chance for Adobe training deal — Train Simple brings you award-winning Adobe training videos to make an Adobe expert and web design master out of you. Learn a little now and a little later, it’s yours for life at US$79 instead of $500.

BusyMac releases BusyContacts for Macintosh — BusyMac made a name for itself by giving us a better calendar than iCal called BusyCal. The company’s done it again with the release of BusyContacts.