Mike Becky

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The Apple Services Experience Is Not Good Enough ➝

Michael Tsai:

The services apps are all frustrating to use. In may ways, they feel worse than Web apps. I cannot believe how Apple has let them regress so much. I miss iTunes from 15 years ago.

I maintain an old Mac Mini that runs El Capitan and an even older iMac that runs Snow Leopard. iTunes is so much better on those older machines than the current state of the TV app, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts.

My current pet peeve is the Podcast app’s lack of OPML export or import. What a terrible, user-hostile omission.

I was recently trying to export my subscriptions from Pocket Casts and import them into Apple Podcasts so I could use the Apple TV app to more conveniently playback video podcasts. But, no dice. There’s no way to just import an OPML file. I would have to go through and manually subscribe to every single podcast. I’m not going to do that over a hundred podcasts.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

He Is the Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Holy One ➝

I started adding a single emoji at the top of the site for special occasions earlier this year, which will typically link to a song to celebrate. I’ve decided to link to Little Town by Amy Grant for Christmas, but it was a bit of a toss up between that and the title linked Emmanuel from the same album. Truthfully, they flow so well together that you should really just listen to them back to back.

But setting that aside, I hope everyone out there has the best Christmas they can with as many friends and family members around them as possible.

➝ Source: song.link

Steve Jobs Bashing Music Subscription Services ➝

Steve Jobs, discussing subscription music services in 2003, as referenced by Dave Mark on The Loop:

You pay to download 500 songs and one day you stop paying your subscription fee and your entire music library goes away.

He was right. I don’t want to pay $10 a month for the rest of my life just to listen to music. Especially when my favorite artists, none of whom are “top acts”, will ever make meaningful money from the deal.

I’d much rather buy a digital download directly or, even better, a physical CD of the album. I will own that music for the rest of my life and I’ll be supporting artists along the way.

➝ Source: loopinsight.com

A Christmas Album by Amy Grant ➝

Every year growing up, my family would get together at the grange for Thanksgiving. We’d have food, play board games, compete in two-hand-touch football, and listen to music. The music was usually played on a boombox that my family would bring and A Christmas Album by Amy Grant was in heavy rotation.

Although we don’t go to the grange anymore, I’ll still have this album on repeat for much of the day — it’s one of the best Christmas albums of all time.

➝ Source: album.link

Alex Melton Signs to Pure Noise Records ➝


Solo artist Alex Melton, known online for his renditions of punk songs as country influenced songs, or indeed pop punk covers of other mainstream acts, has signed to **Pure Noise Records. **Alex Melton started out recording pre-production demos for bands back in 2012 & soon started to have a taste for recording himself.

Today, he is releasing two new songs both covering one of the most loved pop punk bands around, State Champs and having Ryan Scott Graham of the band feature on another.

I don’t write about music too often, but I was so happy to hear that one of my favorite independent artists signed a record deal.

I first found Alex Melton a few years ago when I was discussing with my wife how much better songs are when done in a pop-punk style. I searched YouTube for “pop punk cover” to find some examples and came across his cover of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. I’ve been following him ever since.

My son jumps around and plays with his toy guitar whenever we play A Thousand Miles and I’ve listened to Getaway more times than I can count. But I’m excited to see what he’s able to do with the resources of a record label behind him.

➝ Source: thepunksite.com

‘Perfect’ Equalizer Setting ➝

I used the “Perfect” equalizer settings, shared by Merlin Mann, when I first saw it on his site many years ago. But I mostly abandoned equalizer settings when my music playback transitioned to mobile.

I was poking around Prism yesterday, though, and remembered it had an equalizer setting that I’ve never used. For whatever reason, these old iTunes settings sprung to mind, I did a bit of searching to find them, and I plan to give them a try in Prism. The app’s settings don’t quite line up perfectly with iTunes, so it’ll take a bit of tuning to get right.

➝ Source: 43folders.com

Apple Music Voice Plan ➝


Apple today announced the Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Apple Music designed around the power of Siri. The Apple Music Voice Plan offers subscribers access to the service’s catalog of 90 million songs; tens of thousands of playlists, including hundreds of brand new mood and activity playlists, personalized mixes, and genre stations; as well as the award-winning Apple Music Radio — all through Siri for just $4.99 per month.

I buy just about all the music I listen to and store them in a Plex library. On my iPhone and iPad, I use Prism and on Apple TV and Mac I use the Plex app. But on my HomePod’s, I have to rely on AirPlay. It works, but there’s no way to start a specific song or album by voice unless I purchased it on iTunes.

I don’t start music by voice very often, but if I did, this $5 a month service might be appealing to me. But I don’t know how common my setup is and I can’t really think of any other scenario where you’d want a service like this.

➝ Source: apple.com

The HomePod, Years Later ➝


To me, this is not the greatest apple product ever but is the one that gets used every single day in this household. We are constantly playing music, while cooking, cleaning or just hanging at home. We use it for timers quite a lot too.

This is the same experience we have with our HomePod. We play music in the kitchen every single day. And all of it through the HomePod.

Its still a bit too expensive at its normal price, but I really enjoy having it around. And Josh does too. He’ll come into the kitchen when there isn’t any music playing, point at the HomePod and start bouncing at the knees to let us know he wants to dance.

➝ Source: gabz.me