Tag Archive for ‘Micah Singleton’

Apple Music is Late to the Party ➝

Micah Singleton makes the argument that Apple waited too long to get into music streaming. I just wish he pointed out that many of these streaming music services lose money.

‘We Don’t Need a Thinner iPhone’ ➝

Micah Singleton, writing for The Verge:

Apple may in fact want to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. For unbeknownst reasons, it’s obsessed with making the iPhone thinner every two years in direct hindrance to the possibility of improved battery life and a stronger chassis. (The iPhone 6S got stronger coincidentally as it got thicker, who knew?) There are a ton of reasons to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack intact, and seemingly only one rationale for Apple to get rid of it next year — to make a thinner iPhone, which absolutely no one is clamoring for.

And we all wanted faster horses — let’s reserve judgment until we see whether or not this is even happening.

Apple’s Music Deals Allow for New Beats Stations at Any Time ➝

Micah Singleton, reporting for The Verge:

Apple has the ability to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations at will, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. […] Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1, without having to renegotiate with the labels.

I’m not surprised that Apple built this into their initial licensing deals — adding more stations to their lineup is the obvious next step toward building out their global radio initiative. But the biggest unknown is: what will Beats 2, Beats 3, etc. focus on? Will they differentiate based on genre, language, geographical location, or decade? I couldn’t even begin to guess.

AOL Shutting Down TUAW ➝

Micah Singleton, reporting for The Verge:

AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site Joystiq — is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming. TUAW’s run comes to an end on February 2nd.

It’s always sad when writers lose their jobs, but I can’t say I’m surprised. TUAW hasn’t been on my radar for several years and I haven’t read it regularly since 2010.

The good news is that anyone losing their job from this will have an incredible opportunity to build something new — just as Jason Snell did with Six Colors when IDG ceased production of the print edition of Macworld.

There’s always a silver lining, even if it’s not immediately apparent.