The Unacceptable-Conduct Edition Saturday, May 12, 2018

Apple Music, Pandora Join Spotify In (Sort Of) Muting R. Kelly, by Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone

Sources told Pitchfork and The Blast that Apple Music had quietly pulled R. Kelly from featured playlists before Spotify's announcement and that Pandora does not currently promote the singer's music. R. Kelly’s music is still available on both streaming platforms – and Spotify's – but users have to search for it specifically, rather than coming across it on company-curated playlists. Apple Music said its decision was made weeks ago; Pandora said it has been overhauling its approach to "artists with unacceptable conduct" for months. "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues," the company said in a statement.

#MeToo Is Succeeding Where Others Failed -- To Mute R. Kelly, by Brandon Griggs, CNN

R. Kelly is still singing, but in the #MeToo era his voice is getting more and more muffled.

Spotify’s Ban On Hateful Content And Conduct Is ‘Too Subjective’ And ‘Dangerous,’ Experts Say, by Jem Aswad, Variety

As anyone who’s been paying attention knows, the announcement hasn’t quite worked out the way that Spotify may have hoped. Through a combination of apparent naivete and hubris and, to put it mildly, clumsy messaging, the company has managed to do the near-impossible: Get people to defend R. Kelly.

Health Matters

Does Wearing Headphones All The Time Mess With My Hearing?, by Nick Keppler, Tonic

It’s generally safe to ease the overload of city life through earbuds. Just make sure not to stack that sound on other loud noises and don’t crank the volume to insane levels. Does your daily regimen of earbud audio sound as loud as a piece of industrial equipment up close? Do you hear ringing or have periods when your ears seemed burned out and you can’t hear normally? If so, turn down the volume or take a break from the Slayer discography.

Fitness Apps Found To Make Almost No Difference To Users' Health, by Melissa Davey, The Guardian

An app developed by the Swedish government to curb drinking among university students actually led to them drink more, while a globally popular fitness app made almost no difference to the weight of those who used it, a review of the effectiveness of health apps has found.


You Can Now Watch Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' For Free, by Sean Hollister, CNET

You know those videos? The ones where comedian/late night host James Cordon magically picks up a celebrity or two in his car and they belt out songs to the radio?

How A Parent Can Take Some Control Of Kids’ iPhone, iPad And iPod Use, by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

This will come as no surprise, but the balance lies in a mixture of personal guidance and technology. I can’t tell you what to say to your kids — that’s the ongoing communication you should be having — but I can help you with advice on how to configure iPhones, iPads and iPods to use Apple’s parental-control features to restrict what they can be exposed to.


Just Keep At It, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

Even if the next post gets zero readers too. And the next one. Eventually, zero turns to one and then one to two and then you’re off to the races.

Bottom of the Page

This year, I have started to really aim for that 10,000 steps everyday. Not because this is going to improve my health and I get to live past the age of 100 or something, but because it is making me happier.

And I have no desire to 'up' the number of steps, because I don't think that will make me any more happier.


Oh, and 95% of the time when I am walking towards that 10,000 everyday, I am wearing headphones, listening to either podcasts or audiobooks. And I know I am going deaf.



Thanks for reading.