Tag Archive for ‘Media’

The Streaming Model for Music Doesn’t Work for Artists When They Do Not Earn Live Performance Income ➝

Nick Heer:

There has never been a better time to support musicians directly. The next Bandcamp fee waiver day is June 5, and many artists sell merch and records on the web. You can still buy albums on iTunes, too, in the way your great aunt told you stories about.

I’ve purchased about a half-dozen albums over the past couple of months between physical CDs and iTunes purchases, which is much more than I typically do. If you’re able to support your favorite musicians right now, I would encourage you to do so.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com

Plex Dash Released ➝

A nifty new app from the folks at Plex — Plex Dash. It lets you get a birds-eye view of your Plex server. You can see what’s currently playing, view graphs of server stats, search your libraries, and more. I was using Varys for this, but I’m going to give this app a try for a bit instead.

➝ Source: medium.com

Amazon and Apple Strike Deal for Prime Video in-App Purchases and Subscriptions ➝

A great piece by John Gruber, diving head first into the whole Prime Video in-app purchase thing and explaining the payment method that is available in a few different scenarios.

➝ Source: daringfireball.net

Helvetica Documentary Available to Watch for Free ➝

Oh You Pretty Things:

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is streaming his documentaries free worldwide during the global COVID crisis. Each week we’ll be posting another film here. We hope you enjoy them, and please stay strong.

Helvetica is available until March 24. It’s an excellent documentary that anyone who is interested in design should watch. I plan on watching it later tonight and look forward to seeing which of Gary Hustwit’s films will be available next.

➝ Source: ohyouprettythings.com

Varys for Plex ➝

A nifty little utility app that lets you monitor your Plex server from your iPhone or iPad. It can display current activity, user stats, top played media, and more. It offers a lot of the same functionality as Tautulli without the clunky setup process. You simply install it from the App Store, authenticate with Plex, and you’re good to go.

Some features require a $3.99 in-app purchase, but I think it’s more than worth it.

➝ Source: itunes.apple.com

Why Is the Apple TV Constantly Advertising to Us? ➝

Josh Centers, writing for TidBits:

The Apple TV app on the Apple TV is currently the bane of my existence. In theory, it should be a tidy way to manage everything you watch, bringing together content from Apple, Disney+, HBO, Hulu, and other streaming services (but still not Netflix, for some reason), plus live news and even sports. It sort of does that, but over time, Apple has started using the app to push the company’s own paid content, especially its Apple TV+ service.

Josh explains how to adjust the TV app’s settings to display your up next list in the top shelf instead of recommendations. This is an absolutely essential change — everyone that owns an Apple TV should have it set that way. It helps to mitigate some of the frustration with Apple promoting content that you may or may not have access to from within the Apple TV app itself. You can simply launch directly into your content from the top shelf extension. But I still wish you had the option to limit the media in the Apple TV app to only show what you already pay for. I don’t expect that will ever be added, though.

It’s becoming clear that Apple is more than happy promoting their services through apps like Apple TV. And because of this, I’ve slowly moved away from using Apple’s apps and services toward alternatives. For most of my TV and movie viewing, I use Infuse, which streams content from my Plex library. That library is populated with ripped DVDs, Blu-rays, iTunes content that I’ve stripped the DRM from, and media I’ve recording using Plex’s DVR functionality. It’s a much nicer setup and I don’t have to worry about whether or not I’ll need to pay in order to watch something listed.

I still pay for Hulu and Disney+, but I’m watching less and less there. I sort of hope I can eventually reallocate the money I currently spend on streaming services toward purchasing media instead. Canceling these recurring charges would feel pretty freeing and I have a hunch I will end up saving money in the long run — especially since I tend to rewatch the same dozen or so TV shows most of the time.

➝ Source: tidbits.com

A First Look at the Doppler 2 Music App ➝

Marius Masalar takes a look at Doppler 2, a music app that’s built for people that maintain a collection of purchased tracks. The app looks slick and I’d love to give it a try, but you essentially have to transfer your music manually with iTunes file transfer, the Files app, or the app’s built-in WiFi transfer feature.

I currently store my music in my Plex library and use Prism for playback. Prism let’s me authenticate with my Plex credentials and either stream audio right from my server or download the tracks to play them locally. I can pick and choose which tracks to download or, from the library view, I can download all tracks that I haven’t yet. I would love to see Doppler fern this as an option as well. Until then, I’ll stick with Prism.

➝ Source: thesweetsetup.com

IINA for macOS ➝

An excellent media player that can playback just about any file format you throw at it. I first heard about it in Jason Snell’s updated piece on ripping DVDs and Blu-rays. I’ve been trying it out for the past day and it’s very impressive. The design is better than any competing app and it has support for picture-in-picture, the Touch Bar, and dark mode.

IINA has practically replaced VLC for me, with the only exception being that it isn’t capable of easily switching between titles when I point it at the folder of a ripped Blu-ray disc.

➝ Source: iina.io