Tag Archive for ‘Media’

Apple’s Letter to Artists on Apple Music Streaming Payouts ➝


While royalties from streaming services are calculated on a stream share basis, a play still has a value. This value varies by subscription plan and country but averaged $0.01 for Apple Music individual paid plans in 2020. This includes label and publisher royalties.

My most played artist in Plex has 627 plays. Based on Apple’s average payout of $0.01 per stream, that would have resulted in $6.27. But I’ve purchased four albums for a total of about $40.

Apple may pay out more to artists than other streaming services, but it’s small potatoes compared to what artists could be making if everyone bought music instead.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

The Establishment Media Is Broken ➝

Charlie Chester, CNN Director, speaking with an undercover investigative reporter working with Project Veritas:

Any reporter on CNN — what they’re actually doing is they’re telling the person what to say… It’s always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths. The only people that we [CNN] will let on the air, for the most part, are people that have a proven track record of taking the bait

I typically avoid topics that even come close to politics, but I think this is worth highlighting from a media angle. It’s clear that the big name players aren’t sharing information with the best interest of the public in mind. They’re motivated by money, ratings, and their own biases.

To a certain extent, I feel like the establishment media is grasping at straws to try and maintain the influence and reach that they currently have — to keep their individual careers and businesses afloat.

But independent journalists and commentators are eating their lunch. They can present the exact same information or their own, independently sourced news with significantly less overhead and a much stronger relationship with their viewers. Many of them are building their audience through credibility and reputation while the establishment is throwing that out the window.

I hope there isn’t too much real world damage caused during their decline, but I’m afraid that’s already a forgone conclusion.

➝ Source: projectveritas.com

Why Does the Apple TV Still Exist? ➝

First, a bit of an excursion regarding the Apple TV’s remote — Jason Snell:

Look, I know the Apple TV Remote doesn’t have a lot going for it. It’s impossible to orient properly by touch, and a stray finger swipe can end up losing your place in whatever movie or TV show you’re watching. There are so many reasons to dislike it. And yet… I also kind of like the Apple TV Remote, if only because it enables rapid scrubbing through content (click the touchpad, then swipe left or right to move the cursor) in an efficient way that I haven’t seen from any other remote I’ve used. I like it. It’s not enough to make me recommend an Apple TV to anyone, but it’s enough for me to keep using my existing Apple TV and keep using the Apple TV remote rather than just switching full-time to my Logitech Harmony universal remote. And while I don’t really use Siri on Apple TV, I have friends who swear by it, especially its clever feature to jump back in time and turn on captioning to clarify a line of dialogue.

The remote deserves some criticism, but it receives far more than it should. Every TV and set-top-box remote is basically garbage and it seems like everyone forgets that when discussing the Apple TV remote.

I’ve been a fan of the Siri Remote since day one. The ability to control HomeKit devices with my voice, being able to quickly swipe through lists, and essentially acting as a universal remote is just so nice. We don’t use any other remotes in our house. The Apple TV remote turns our TV on and off, controls the volume of our receiver, and interacts with the only non-game console connected to our television.

I would argue that it’s actually the best TV remote I’ve ever used.

But back to Snell:

Which brings us back to the original question: Why does this product still exist, and is there anywhere for it to go next? Gruber and Thompson suggest that perhaps the way forward is to lean into an identity as a low-end gaming console. Maybe amp up the processor power, bundle a controller, and try to use Apple Arcade to emphasize that this is a box that is for more than watching video.

Apple should, absolutely, continue building the Apple TV. Because people who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Apple can’t control what other set-top-box and TV manufacturers do. If they were to develop a new video codec, a new technology for streaming video that requires a dedicated hardware chip, the ability to hand-off video from iPhones like you can with audio to a HomePod — what are the chances that these other companies would support it? How long would they support it for? What if their implementation didn’t work well?

If Apple wants to be in the living room, they need to make their own box to ensure a rock solid, predictable experience. I’m actually surprised that companies like Netflix and Hulu aren’t building their own boxes too.

➝ Source: sixcolors.com

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