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Why I Still Buy Apple Hardware ➝

Ben Brooks, regarding the Surface Studio’s biggest flaw:

When I was talking about the Surface Studio on Twitter, someone responded “have you guys even used Windows lately”. I chuckled, because I have, and it’s shit. Anyone who thinks the Surface Studio makes up for that, is going to be really fucking sad.

No good Markdown writing apps, no robust note taking app market (hope you love OneNote), or good apps period. The apps look like apps out of 2003, and don’t even hold a candle to many of the free apps on Mac or iOS.

I originally switched to the Mac in 2006 because I fell in love with Apple’s hardware designs. After purchasing an iPod nano and fifth-generation iPod, I wanted that experience to extend behind my music listening.

I bought the base model white plastic MacBook and upgraded the RAM and hard drive myself, shortly after taking it home. What followed was serval weeks (or months) of discovery. There were all of these incredible third-party developers making some of the most well-designed applications I’ve ever seen.

I may have switched to the Mac because of the hardware, but I’ve stayed on Apple’s platforms because of the software. Nothing on Windows compares to the fit and finish of apps like Transmit, Alfred, Ulysses, and countless more. I haven’t dipped my toes in the other pond as recently as Ben — it’s been a few years since I’ve used a Windows machine for any meaningful length of time — but the impression that I get is that very little has changed on this front.

An Ode to the 11-Inch MacBook Air ➝

A great piece by Serenity Caldwell, about one of my favorite Macs of all time. I own the mid-2011 model with a Core i7 and it’s a machine I still use regularly, despite its age.

The Death of Vine ➝

From the announcement on Medium:

Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

This was published earlier today, likely in an effort to hide it within the noise of the Apple event.

Vine founder Rus Yusupov tweeted the following shortly after the announcement:

Don’t sell your company!

Wise words.

Apple’s New TV App ➝

From Apple’s tvOS webpage:

Watching TV has quickly become all about apps. And now, with the new TV app, you have one place to access shows and movies from multiple video apps — in one unified experience. The TV app lets you see all the movies and shows you’re watching. Find upcoming episodes. Get recommendations for new things to watch. See your entire iTunes video collection. You can even start watching a movie or show directly from the TV app. All without switching between individual apps.

I’m not too keen on the name or the icon, but I’m sure it will grow on me in time. And it’s terribly unfortunate that Netflix isn’t one of the supported services. This will undoubtedly be a sticking point for a lot of users until Apple is able to work out a deal.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this, though. The app-based interface for watching media content doesn’t scale too well, once you have more than a few services, you find yourself cycling through each one while browsing for something to watch. This simplifies the experience and offers an interface that’s much more attractive than that of most standalone media apps.

Apple to Announce ‘Watch List’ App ➝

Dawn Chmielewski, reporting for USA Today:

Apple plans to announce this week a new way for viewers to discover TV shows through an app, people with knowledge of the project told USA TODAY. […]

Described to network executives as “the Watch List,” the app will recommend shows based on the content viewers access through their Apple TVs. For example, a subscriber to FX Networks might be encouraged to check out the new dramatic series Atlanta.

There’s no indication as to whether you’ll need a cable subscription or not, but I really hope the app is cord-cutter-friendly.

Carrot Weather ➝

I still use Weather Line when I want to check the forecast on my iPhone and Dark Sky for its Today View widget, but Carrot is by far the best watchOS weather app I’ve used.

On iPhones and Tenth Anniversaries ➝

John Gruber:

Let me add here a note about something that’s been bothering me for months: the notion that Apple is going to do something “special” next year to commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. I would wager heavily that they won’t. Apple under Tim Cook is a little bit more prone to retrospection than it was under Steve Jobs, who was almost obsessively forward-thinking, but only slightly.

I do expect Apple to briefly mention the tenth anniversary on stage, but that’ll be it. There isn’t going to be a special edition of the iPhone or any type of proper celebration. Any major industrial design changes will be purely coincidental — because they’re ready to ship, not because of some arbitrary anniversary.

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Yesterday’s Internet Outage ➝

Brian Krebs:

At first, it was unclear who or what was behind the attack on Dyn. But over the past few hours, at least one computer security firm has come out saying the attack involved Mirai, the same malware strain that was used in the record 620 Gpbs attack on my site last month. At the end September 2016, the hacker responsible for creating the Mirai malware released the source code for it, effectively letting anyone build their own attack army using Mirai.

Mirai scours the Web for IoT devices protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords, and then enlists the devices in attacks that hurl junk traffic at an online target until it can no longer accommodate legitimate visitors or users.

Setting aside the shoddy security of these devices, yesterday felt incredibly weird. I spent most of my work day without access to Twitter and it was a miserable experience. The service has become an important part of my life, it’s where I communicate with my friends and first hear about important news. Without it, I feel eerily disconnected. I actually had to type a URL into my browser to find out why the service was down.

How the Web Became Unreadable ➝

Kevin Marks, writing on Medium:

There’s a widespread movement in design circles to reduce the contrast between text and background, making type harder to read. Apple is guilty. Google is, too. So is Twitter. […]

My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic.

I’ve always found this trend troubling, why wouldn’t designers want their text to be crisp? Instead, they settle for muddy grays on slightly-less-muddy light gray. I think it looks like trash and is difficult to read.

‘The Google Pixel Is Too Dumb and Ugly to Replace Your iPhone’ ➝

Michael Nunez, writing for Gizmodo:

If you’re like me, and have avoided the iPhone all these years, it’s time to give in. The iPhone is definitively better this year. The current roster of flagship Android phones are a complete joke. The Galaxy S7 at least looks nice, but it’s already more than six months old. If you must buy an Android phone, the Pixel makes a strong case. But I can no longer heartily endorse buying an Android, because if this is the best phone available, it’s time to move on.

Dang.

Apple’s AirPort in the Age of Mesh Networking ➝

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore:

Apple’s AirPorts are currently pre-mesh. You get an AirPort Extreme and, if it doesn’t reach every room in your house, you get an AirPort Express — or another Extreme — and cobble it all together. It’s… quaint. Perhaps even antiquated. And it’s no longer the best experience for Apple’s customers.

I think Apple’s AirPort routers are still great products, but they aren’t the best on the market anymore. In the three years since they were last updated, mesh has become the high water mark. I haven’t seen any rumors of updates to the AirPort lineup, but I have to imagine Apple’s working on it. They’d be foolish not to.

What to Expect at Apple’s October 27 Event ➝

Mark Gurman sheds some light on what he expects to see at next week’s Apple event. Updates to the iMac and MacBook Air are possible, but the headliner will certainly be the long-rumored MacBook Pro with the touchscreen function row.

I saw some skepticism in my Twitter timeline after Gurman’s piece was published — specifically regarding the MacBook Air. Here’s my take: the MacBook Air is Apple’s low-priced, high-volume offering. It’s perfect for education and enterprise customers, as well as consumers looking for an inexpensive macOS-powered machine. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Much like the non-Retina MacBook Pro, the Air will stick around for as long as there are customers demanding a notebook with legacy ports. But I don’t think we’ll see any major improvements in the new Air, only relatively minor upgrades like the addition of USB-C

Apple Plans to Launch New Macs at an October 27 Event ➝

Ina Fried, reporting for Recode:

Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at an Oct. 27 event, sources confirmed to Recode.

The move had long been expected, given that the company released MacOS Sierra last month but had yet to introduce any new computer models sporting the software. It also comes just in time for Apple to have the new products on sale for the full holiday season.

I’m not sure it’s fair to say that this move “had long been expected.” Yes, it was very likely that Apple would introduce new Macs before the end of the year. But many thought they would be announced with a press release, website update, and private press briefings. The existence of a proper event was not a done-deal.

RAW iPhone Photo Apps ➝

Just as he did when content blockers became available, Ben Brooks has done the legwork and tested all of the camera apps that support shooting in RAW on iOS 10.

The Early Days of AI Computing ➝

Stephen Hackett, on Apple’s focus on Siri’s existing feature-set:

I understand Apple wanting to make sure that Siri’s core functionality of controlling your iOS device keeps getting better. That stuff should be bulletproof, but we’re five years into Siri’s life. The company should be moving past these features and making Siri smarter about the world around us.

Here’s the problem with the statement above: it seems to be under the assumption that voice-based AI systems are no longer in their early stages — that five years is long enough to have the core functionality, essentially, finished. But I just don’t think that’s true. This is a complicated feature that may take far longer to perfect than any other computer science problem we’ve seen before. We’re still, very much, in the early days.

Instagram Introduces Windows 10 Tablet App ➝

From the Instagram weblog:

In April, we brought Instagram to Windows 10 Mobile. Now, Instagram for Windows 10 tablets includes all of your favorite features, including Instagram Stories, Direct and Explore. And you’ll be able to capture, edit and share directly from your Windows 10 tablet device.

It’s astonishing that Instagram released a tablet app on Windows before an iPad app. This has to be some kind of joke, right?

Steve Jobs Talks About Managing People ➝

This is a video from 2010’s D8 conference, in which Steve Jobs discusses Apple’s management system with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. I came across this video a few days ago and I was amazed at how much of my own thinking falls in-line with his.

This is my favorite line from the video:

If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decision and you have to be run by ideas not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise good people don’t stay.

I can’t emphasize enough just how important this concept is. A lot of companies in the world would be far more successful if this was one of their core principles.

The Best Lock Screen Widgets for iOS ➝

A great list of iOS widgets by Lory Gil. I make extensive use of widgets in both my iPhone and iPad, checking them several times each day. Here’s my current setup on iPhone:

And on iPad, I also use Omnistat’s battery widget, PCalc, and CornerTube.

Griffin iTrip Bluetooth ➝

I bought this little Bluetooth adapter after Bradley Chambers recommended it on Tools & Toys. It arrived yesterday and, I have to say, it’s fantastic. I just plugged it in and ran the audio cable to my car’s aux-in jack. Conveniently, my car’s cigarette lighter and aux-in jack are located inside the same compartment, which means I can keep the entire setup out of sight.

After a quick pairing process in my iPhone’s settings, I was good to go. Now, every time I start my car, the adapter automatically pairs with my iPhone and I can start playing music or podcasts immediately.

I’ve looked at other Bluetooth adapters in the past, but most of them include funky playback control clusters that they expect you to mount inside your car. I don’t know if the folks at these companies have ever actually looked inside a car, but there isn’t a great place for them. The Griffin iTrip doesn’t include these unnecessary eye sores and leaves the playback controls on your device.

If you’re looking for a wireless in-car audio solution, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

iPhone Downsizing ➝

Shawn Blanc, on switching from the iPhone 6s Plus to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7:

However, as awesome as it was to have the larger screen, the better battery life, and the nicer camera… it just wasn’t worth the tradeoff for the unwieldy size. More often than not I found myself frustrated by my inability to wrangle the phone with one hand and just how clumsy I felt when trying to use it.

After a good year-long run with the iPhone 6s Plus, I’ve returned to the regular size iPhone. And I have no regrets.

I would love to have longer battery life in my iPhone, but not if it means carrying around a more clumsy device.

The Last Mac I Will Ever Own ➝

Matt Birchler:

Something hit me when I was shopping for this new Mac: this is probably the last Mac I will ever buy. No, not because I’m going to jump ship for Windows, but because the Mac I have today is going to be good enough at everything I expect us to see from macOS going forward.

This falls in line with my thinking as well. I currently own a Mac mini and MacBook Air, both from 2011, and I expect I’ll only ever purchase one more Mac in my lifetime. Although I’ve fully embraced the iOS lifestyle, I don’t expect to be able to live without a Mac for at least a few more years. There’s still a handful of tasks that just aren’t possible on iOS, yet.

I’ll probably make my last Mac purchase sometime next year. What I buy will certainly depend on what Apple’s offering, but I think it’s a safe bet that I’ll have a MacBook Pro or iMac in my future. Here’s my list of requirements, I won’t buy a new Mac unless it includes:

  • At least 16GB of RAM.
  • At least 1TB of solid state storage (or a Fusion drive).
  • A Retina display.

Hopefully we’ll see new Mac hardware next year that will fit the bill at a reasonable price point.

Open Floor Plans ➝

Brent Simmons:

Here’s why I work in an office: when I’m around other people — it doesn’t matter who they are — I feel a constant low-simmering level of anxiety. And I find it extremely difficult to be productive when I feel any level of anxiety at all.

Same. I find it incredibly difficult to work while other people are milling about in the same room as me.

5GB Is the New 16GB ➝

Stephen Hackett:

I’m no data center expert, but bumping everyone to even 10 GB would be a huge increase in disk space needed at Apple’s data centers. I don’t know what that sort of change would cost, but I can imagine it’d be huge based on Apple’s sheer number of customers. Whatever slice of profit off of iPhone hardware goes to paying for iCloud storage would certainly take a hit.

I’m sure this is why a change hasn’t been made.

However, I think it’s something the company should consider biting the bullet on. I hope that something is underway to increase the space Apple provides for free.

The problem, for Apple, is that they aren’t a company built on server infrastructure. They’re incredible at building hardware and writing software, but implementing giant data centers isn’t a part of their DNA like it is for Google.

The offer of unlimited photo storage is a brilliant way for Google to play to their strengths. They can’t compete with Apple from a hardware materials standpoint — at least, not yet — so they’ve decided to change the conversation. Now, everyone’s talking about the service associated with the Pixel instead of the Pixel itself.

Given the current narrative, I think it would be wise for Apple to offer more storage in the free tier. This would certainly decrease the number of unpleasant interactions iPhone owners have with their devices and it would lessen the competitive edge that Google has on this front.

I don’t think we’ll see “unlimited photo storage” from Apple anytime soon, though. My immediate hunch is 25GB for free. But at this point, that might not be enough.

Twitter’s Not a Lost Cause ➝

Dave Winer:

When people say Twitter, the company, is a lost cause they are out of their minds or don’t understand systems. Twitter works. There’s a company behind it that makes it work. The service has a lot of value, not just as servers, but that it’s all together in one place. If that were to break it could never be replaced. Look at the void left after Napster’s demise for a clue. Set us back 20-30 years.

But it’s not just the system, the employees, or the company itself that has value. There’s also a great deal of value in having all of these users in one place. Not to mention the identity aspect of Twitter — every athlete, journalist, and celebrity has a Twitter account. And that’s where fans are pointed to if they want to learn more about them. Nobody gives out their URL anymore, it’s always their Twitter handle.

Apple May Launch Three iPad Pros in Spring 2017 ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple will ship three new iPad Pro models around Spring 2017, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.1-inch models, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. […]

Today’s report mostly corroborates KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in August said Apple is planning to release three new iPads in 2017. However, his research note claimed the trio of models would include a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.

As much as I’d like to see Apple continuing to support the 7.9-inch form factor, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a new iPad in that size with the Pro moniker. The iPad mini’s popularity has waned since the introduction of iPhones with larger displays and I don’t expect that will end anytime soon.

Ben Brooks on the iPhone Upgrade Program ➝

Ben Brooks is very unhappy with the iPhone Upgrade Program experience. As it turns out, your upgrade options are constrained to what your local Apple Store has available. If there’s a specific color and storage size that you’re interested in, you better hope it’s in-stock locally.

Ben listed a few other problems with the iPhone Upgrade Program. And I have to say, it looks less and less appealing the more I know about it. When I eventually upgrade my iPhone, I think I’m just going to buy it outright. I’m not thrilled about the idea of dropping $800 all at once, but it sounds a lot better than dealing with the Upgrade Program’s restrictions.

Apple’s A10 Fusion Benchmarks ➝

John Gruber:

Looking at Geekbench’s results browser for Android devices, there are a handful of phones in shouting distance of the iPhone 7 for multi-core performance, but Apple’s A10 Fusion scores double on single-core.

According to these benchmarks, the iPhone 7 is faster than the fastest computer I’ve ever owned. In Geekbench, my Mid-2011 Mac mini scores 2841 in single-core and 5223 in multi-core. The iPhone 7 is about 21% faster in single-core tasks and about 8% faster in multi-core. That’s absolutely incredible.

Twitter’s New, Longer Tweets Are Coming September 19 ➝

Chris Welch, reporting for The Verge:

Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform’s 140-character limit. Media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.

I’ve been looking forward to this change since it was first announced back in May. I’m a huge proponent of retaining the 140-character limit, but I don’t think attachments should be treated the same way as text.

John Gruber on Apple’s On-Stage Diversity ➝

John Gruber:

But last week’s ratio was so disparate not because the company didn’t pick enough women for speaking slots. Rather, it’s because the executives in charge of most of the products announced last week were men.[…]

So the problem is not that women are underrepresented as on stage speakers. The problem is that they are underrepresented in leadership positions. I would argue that it’s better — more honest — for Apple to allow its onstage diversity to accurately reflect its actual leadership diversity. If Apple simply put more women and people of color on stage, it would be a token gesture. If Apple puts more women and people of color on this page, more of them will appear on stage as a result.

I’d reference the article which spurred these comments, but I don’t think it deserves your attention.

Just Glass ➝

Ben Brooks discusses his experiment of using the iPad’s software keyboard, exclusively, for a week. I spend most of my time writing on the iPad with the software keyboard, but I’ll openly admit to preferring a hardware keyboard when I’m writing longer-form prose.

The area where the software keyboard shines for me is in editing my writing. I almost always edit with the software keyboard. It’s much easier to move the curser, type, and scroll when I don’t have to continually switch back and forth from the glass to the hardware keyboard.

On ‘Courage’ ➝

John Gruber, regarding the video of Steve Jobs in which he makes the case for not supporting Flash in iOS:

You can argue that Jobs said it better. I think he did, too — particularly because Jobs emphasized the fact that they knew people were going to disagree, vociferously. (Jobs was one of the best communicators the world has ever seen, so that’s no ding against Schiller.) But Jobs and Schiller meant “courage” in the same way: having the courage to make a sure-to-be controversial decision when there is a non-controversial option, simply because they believe it to be the right thing to do in the long run.

It’s funny how so many people have been hung up on Phil Schiller’s “courage” explanation. I’ll admit, it didn’t come off particularly well. But if you look beyond the snark and listen to Schiller’s full remarks, I think you’ll start to get it.

What Apple did was force the issue. In my day job, I often make decisions that effect the freight process in the retail store where I work. One strategy that I’ll often employ is shrinking the amount of available space for a department’s backstock. Other employees usually get pretty upset with me for doing this. But more often than not, by the time the next truck shipment arrives, they’ve done enough work in that department to shrink its backstock to an acceptable level.

Forcing the issue does, indeed, take courage. And doing so shows that you aren’t afraid to take a little heat in order to get the desired outcome. Apple knew that some portion of users would get angry about the removal of the headphone jack, but do you expect us to continue using it forever? Would headphone companies invest the resources necessary to improve the wireless experience if Apple hadn’t given them this nudge? Perhaps.

But with all the physical constraints of handsets and everyone’s desire to pack them with more and more technology, something had to give eventually. Maybe Apple removed the headphone jack a little prematurely. But I think we’ll find a wireless future much faster because Apple had the courage to take the heat.

Apple Watch 2 Parts Shown on Video ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Byte, a small British shop that sells Apple-certified accessories and repair parts for iOS devices, has shared new photos and a video that appear to show the Apple Watch 2’s thinner display technology and larger battery.

I look forward to learning about the new design at Apple’s media event next week. I’m holding out hope for a thinner design, but it’s entirely possible that any component miniaturization is being done to accommodate the larger battery, GPS, and barometer features.

The Latte Rationalization ➝

Eddie Smith:

Pricing apps as non-digital goods is hopeless in the long run. If you’ve read the Internet at all, you’ve seen what I call “the latte rationalization,” which goes something like this:

If you spend $5 a day on coffee, why can’t you spend $5 one time on an app that benefits you every day?

The problem with “the latte rationalization” is that there isn’t another shop down the street that’s giving away cups of coffee for free. But, in the software market, you can find dozens of competing apps that will work well enough. And many of them are available at no cost.

Open Source Plans for Vesper ➝

Brent Simmons:

Q Branch’s existing open source code — DB5 and QSKit — will be moved to my personal GitHub account. I will continue to maintain DB5 (I continue to use it). QSKit will not be maintained, but will be made available as historical artifact.

We will make Vesper for iOS, Vesper for Mac, and Vesper’s JavaScript sync service open source on my personal GitHub account. This code will also be provided as historical artifacts: they’re not intended as active projects. They’re also not intended as examples of how to write apps these days.

It’s incredibly sad that the folks at Q Branch weren’t able to find success with Vesper. But I have hope that someone will pick up where they left off and build something great with the open sourced code.

BitTorrent App Transmission Once Again Source of macOS Malware ➝

Mike Wuethele, writing for AppleInsider:

Once again, BitTorrent client Transmission has distributed malware to some users through an altered installer, with downloaders of the software on Aug. 28 and 29 probably infected by the “Keydnap” package.

When Will Apple Announce New Macs? ➝

Jason Snell, writing in Six Colors:

This year, though, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that new Macs aren’t on the agenda, and are “currently expected to be announced at a later date.”

Mac people are getting restless. With the exception of a speed-bump update to the MacBook in the spring, 2016 has been a desert. And now, with a major Apple event on the horizon, is it true that new Mac hardware may still not be on the agenda?

As John Gruber points out, it’s become clear that Apple isn’t interested in holding two events in the fall. That means, if Apple is announcing new Macs before the end of the year, they’ll be doing so with a press release or private press briefings.

And of course, there’s always the possibility that Apple decides to change course or that Gurman’s sources are wrong. Granted, that’s not very likely, Gurman probably has the best track record in the business. But you can’t entirely rule out the idea that Apple may just announce new Macs on stage at their September 7 event.

Apple Holding Event on September 7 ➝

I’m excited about this one. We’re almost certainly seeing new iPhones, but I’m not sure what else Apple has planned. The rumors have been a little erratic. We could see a new Watch, Macs, or something else entirely.

Markdown Comes to Simplenote ➝

From the Simplenote weblog:

Today we’re excited to announce that Markdown support has been added to the latest update of Simplenote for iOS.

To enable Markdown for a note, just tap on the ‘Markdown’ button in the note info panel. You can then swipe on the note editor to view the Markdown preview. Once you’ve enabled Markdown for a note, all new notes you create in the future will have it enabled by default. We hope you enjoy this handy new feature!

I’ve been using Simplenote ever since I moved away from Vesper last year. It’s a great app, but unfortunately, this new Markdown support is far from robust. There’s no inline previews or shortcuts to help with the syntax, which I would consider to be essential features. I’ll continue using Simplenote as my notes app of choice, but I’ll keep my Markdown writing in Ulysses.

The Age of the Dramatic Apple Event Reveal Is Over ➝

Jason Snell, writing for iMore:

Increasingly, it feels like the era of event surprise and delight is over. Delight can still exist, of course, but it’s becoming increasingly impossible for Apple to surprise. All the new hardware — even entirely new stuff like the Apple Watch — is rumored months before it arrives, often in exacting detail. New software, also rumored in detail before it’s announced, can be running on your devices in the days or weeks after that announcement.

But you know what? I think I might be okay with things being a bit less dramatic.

There’s a part of me that misses the dramatic hardware reveals from the mid-2000s. But as long as Apple continues to produce great products, I’ll be fine with it.

Spiteful Spotify ➝

Lucas Shaw and Adam Satariano, reporting for Bloomberg:

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify said it doesn’t alter search rankings.

Sure, Spotify, punish the artists who have already buddied-up with your biggest competitor. That’ll certainly have them crawling back. Except, many of them have been complaining about how much they earn from you for years.