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What We Lose in a Streaming Music World ➝

Richard Anderson:

There are digital files in my collection that are over a decade old. They’ve traveled with me across multiple computers, and multiple lives. This is meaningful in a way that streaming can never be. How do you connect with music that you simply rent, and could disappear from your library the moment you turn your back? […]

How will you explore the music of a surprisingly good opening band when they don’t exist in the library of Apple Music, Spotify, or TIDAL? So much music that has touched my soul, you can’t stream it for love or money. I had to seek it out on my own, pawing through used music bins, or going to shows. When there’s an all-you-can eat buffet for $9.99, what’s the incentive to order something that isn’t on the menu?

The move to streaming services is going to be extremely painful for smaller bands that are still struggling to get noticed. Not only do they get a smaller piece of the pie, but they’re more likely to get lost in the shuffle alongside, what seems like, an infinite supply of options.

Finding a Place for iPad ➝

Richard Anderson:

The iPad 3 lacked the portability of the previous models—it felt heavy in my bag, so I mostly left it at home on the dining table. In some ways, it felt like I’d spent $500 on an entertainment device that I could occasionally use for “real” work if I wanted to put up with the limitations of the hardware and software.

About a month in with the iPad Air 2, however, and I’m singing a very different tune. Where the iPad 3 was fun to use, it never made me want to use it more, even before OS updates caused it to slow down. The Air 2 is fast and flexible enough that it can not only do a huge chunk of what I can do on my Mac, but it does it well enough that I want to use it more.

I’ve had my iPad Air 2 for almost a year and I can safely say that it’s the best computer I’ve ever owned. I believed that to be the case when iOS 8 was the latest and greatest, but with iOS 9 it’s no contest. The addition of split-screen multitasking has transformed the iPad from a casual device that I used to read news and check Twitter to my primary machine for almost every task.

At this point, the only time I turn to my MacBook is when I’m doing work which requires several application windows at the same time — like when I’m making changes to the site’s design and need Transmit, multiple text files, and Safari open at the same time. Or when I’m publishing images to the site — I still find image editing, compressing, and uploading much easier on OS X.

Last weekend I sat down at my MacBook to complete some of the remaining tasks on my site redesign to do list. When I opened the computer’s lid I was greeted with a “No Backups for 13 Days” notification from Time Machine. It’s become so normal to use iOS as my primary computing platform that I had gone nearly two weeks without waking my MacBook from sleep. And I hadn’t even noticed.

Alternatives to Apple’s iOS Music App ➝

I came across this article after Richard Anderson tweeted about Cesium. Honestly, I didn’t even know this type of app was possible on iOS. But they all seem to function a lot like third-party calendar apps — reading and writing data from system APIs rat her than recreating the entire stack.

I’ve been using Cesium for several hours and I’m very impressed by it. The interface is incredibly simple and reminds me of earlier versions of the iOS music app — back when it was still called “iPod.” I’m not thrilled about the application’s icon or the circular scrub bar on the now playing screen, but I’m glad to be using something that feels designed for music playback rather then to sell a subscription streaming service.

Its too early to say whether I’ll be sticking with a third-party music app, but I’ll definitely be trying a few others from Kirk McElhearn’s list before going back to iOS’ default option.

I’m Not Signing Up for Apple Music ➝

Richard Anderson:

Streaming is ephemeral, and that worries me. If an artist or a label decides it doesn’t like the deal Apple is playing, what’s to stop them from pulling their music? Remember Taylor Swift and Spotify? Prince pulled his music from everything but TIDAL. They won’t be the last ones. Anyone who grumbles about needing membership to a bunch of different video streaming services to watch the shows they want, yet is happy to sign up for a streaming music service, is just asking for the same pain down the line.

No one in the music industry has the ability to reach into your hard drive and remove legally purchased music from it. I’m with Richard on this, the convenience of streaming services doesn’t outweigh the lack of freedom that comes with it. I’d rather pay for music than risk having my favorite bands’ albums taken from me on a whim when their record label decides they’re no longer happy with their compensation.