It’s the perfect response. Her message is polite, intelligent, rational and insistent.
I have had my serious falling out with Apple over music and equipment quality issues as detailed on this blog and my other pages. My issues are on the customer side.
Read Taylor’s Blog Post here. It’s a spot on take regarding the artist side of the Apple Music controversies.
Read more in Rolling Stone. I think AppleMusic is likely to succeed, but the Apple we all loved under Steve Jobs seems to be degenerating fast.
Been following the Apple Music news all day. This past January in a routine iPod sync, iTunes wiped out all my playlists and purchased music from any service other than iTunes. A musical apocalypse in my case as I have over 15,000 tracks, all purchased or ripped from CDs or Vinyl, and hundreds of carefully constructed playlists. All in shambles now, with no notice. And Apple Store guys and online support don’t even want to talk about it. I have backups of all my tracks of course, and playlists that can be salvaged (I hope). Put the rescue on hold to see how the new Apple Music will handle things. After June 30 I will give Apple 1 more try for music management, and if the company continues the disrespect for the iPod early adoptors such as myself, who saved the company 15 years ago, then it’s off to Google Music for good and just rebuild what I can. We’ll see. Regardless Apple blew a long relationship where I was a reliable evangelist.
As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled its major rival to Spotify called Apple Music. In unveiling the new streaming service, Apple is trying to regain its power over the music industry that it first seized with the release of the iPod and the iTunes Store. The service will be available through the iTunes app. Apple says Apple Music is three things: First, a “revolutionary” music service featuring playlists curated by professional DJs; a worldwide radio station that will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and a way for artists to connect with their fans.
In light of my recent dealings with Apple, Spotify and Pandora, as well as the stillbirth of Tidal, it’s clear to me that all existing music streaming services other than Apple are likely to collapse over the next couple of years. The technology and user bases will be taken over by content license holders. This will leave “record companies” and artists smart enough to own their own rights on top along with Apple, which has the base business to support streaming as a loss leader. Bubble pop is in progress.
Wow – cassette tapes come back from the dead in a big way. Since Apple shows no respect for the roots of its success by killing off iPods, there’s room for a new way to store all our music in a mobile format. This new cassette might not be the solution, but there’s an opportunity as those of us with huge personal collections lack a way to carry, playlist and listen to our music.
For a time, the cassette tape absolutely dominated the sales market. In 1990 alone, a staggering 442 million tapes were sold. However, with the rise of the CD, the birth of the mp3, and the eventual resurrection of vinyl, sales dwindled, and by 2007 only a mere 274,000 individual cassettes were sold. Sure, cassette-centric labels like Kissability and Mirror Universe Tapes have offered the cassette a new and niche following, but it’s a clear sign of the times when the cassette’s accompanying Walkman is regarded like some alien artifact.
Now, though, Sony has brought the cassette back from the dead by unveiling a tape that can hold a whopping 148 gigabytes per square inch. If you can’t do the math, that’s 185 terabytes of total data. We’ll wait as you toss your iPod into the trash.
No matter how good your mobile app is, there will always be at least one person who will trash it with a one-star rating on the App Store, just because some people can’t help hating on things. App developer Todd Ransom, who has developed an app that maps out the areas surrounding the gorgeous waterfalls of western North Carolina, explains on Twitter that his app has gotten a one-star review for the most ridiculous possible reason: The reviewer got stung by yellow jackets while using the app.
Apple Pay is going to force the entire restaurant industry to accept smart phone contactless payments. When every major retailer jumps on board customers will just demand it everywhere.
It’s finally time.
It will take a few years as Apple Pay is only available on the newest iPhones, and restaurants are slow changing beasts indeed. But this is good enough that it will be the tipping point. Customers want to pay by phone now!
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