The Apple's-Show Edition Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Inside Apple Music’s Second Act, by Reggie Ugwu, BuzzFeed

The clash over exclusives, which came to a head just weeks before Apple Music underwent a much-anticipated relaunch designed to make it more appealing to users, served as a reminder that the music service faces a war on two fronts: It’s vying to lure subscribers from a field of strong competitors on the one hand, while defending its aggressive plans to skittish content owners on the other.

“We put a lot into this, we’ve had some real successes, and we always hold up our end of the relationship,” Iovine said, insisting that he has no intention of encroaching on record labels’ territory. “We’re feeling our way around and seeing what works … Every time we do [an exclusive], we learn something new.” He added that Apple Music would move forward with its pursuit of exclusives from other partners, such as Sony Music Entertainment and the Warner Music Group, noting, “It’s Apple’s show. As long as Apple’s asking me to do what I’m doing, I’m gonna keep doing it.”

First Impressions

Messages On iOS 10: Better Features, Worse Usability, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I like Apple’s instincts in transforming Messages like it has in iOS 10. But the interface is in need of a lot of refinement. Some features aren’t at all discoverable, and others are buried behind complex chains of icon taps and slide-up interfaces.

First Impressions Of Working With macOS Sierra, by Erik Eckel, TechRepublic

While I've only been using the new OS for several business days, the upgrade proved smooth and straightforward. The system is running reliably with no noticeable hiccups or errors. And new features are providing welcome enhancements. If the long-term operation matches these initial macOS Sierra experiences, Apple's new OS will prove to be a hit.


Todoist (For iPhone), by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Todoist is a powerful to-do-list app that puts task-management prowess at your fingertips. Productivity enthusiasts are likely to count it among their favorite productivity app, and more casual users will also find plenty to love, too.

Nexar App Turns Your Phone Into A Smart Dash Cam, by Rich Demuro,

Nexar automatically records your drives and stores the video on your phone, but if it senses an incident it will automatically use your cellular connection to instantly upload the video for sakekeeping to the cloud, where you can securely access it later.

MLB’s App Now Delivers Video Highlights Straight To Your Lock Screen, by James Vincent, The Verge

An update for the app released yesterday allows users to watch baseball highlights straight from the lock screen. Just 3D Touch a notification and the video will be accessible, although you do have to unlock the phone first.


I Went To My Own Digital Funeral, by Doree Shafir, BuzzFeed

It was more than a little jarring, sitting there listening to this guy talk about me. Doree, he said, was “committed to her work, to social justice and to literature. She showed support to women she’d never even met, and gave platforms to voices of color.” He went on like this for another minute or so, talking about how I’d passed away and “left an empty place” in the hearts of my loved ones. Next, there was a video — all my tweets, scrolling on a huge screen in front of me — and it was only then that I truly started recoiling. My legacy was going to be my tweets about Justin Bieber’s fling with Bronte Blampied, my neighbors’ love of Project Runway, my excitement about wearing a dress with pockets to a wedding.

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