The Months-Away Edition Friday, March 13, 2020

Apple Music Strikes New Multiyear Deals With Major Record Labels, by Anna Nicolaou, Financial Times

In recent months, the iPhone maker sealed multiyear licensing deals with Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, said four people familiar with the matter, allowing for hits from artists spanning Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Adele to continue to be streamed on Apple Music.

Apple’s new contracts do not, however, include an economic agreement to bundle Apple Music with the company’s television service, these people said, indicating that a widely anticipated super-bundle of Apple’s media content may be months away.

Mac Pro Still Poorly Supported By Apple Store Genius Bar Months After Launch, by Mike Wuerthele and Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

The limited production and penetration of the Mac Pro has an unfortunate side-effect —much of Apple's service network is unable to support the machine properly if something goes wrong.

Recently, the AppleInsider production Mac Pro started acting up. In an attempt to get our machine repaired, we went through the typical Apple support route. This has highlighted the shortcomings of Apple's traditionally exceptional customer experience.

'Today At Apple' Sessions Suspended At All Apple Stores In U.S. And Canada Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced that it is temporarily pausing its "Today at Apple" programming as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with sessions canceled at all Apple Stores in the United States and Canada until further notice.


Does Retirement Hurt, Rather Than Help, The Aging Process?, by Camilla Cavendish, Literary Hub

“When a car old, everyone says you get a new one. But here, we work to keep the same cars running longer. We value the oldies,” chuckles Minuro Ishikawa, running his strong, tanned hands over a gleaming 1957 Toyota Crown, one of the vintage cars he restores for a living.

Aged 79, Ishikawa is a perfect exemplar of how to use Extra Time. He has outlived both the founder of Shinmei Automobile Co., who hired him, and the founder’s son. He now works for the founder’s grandson, Yasuhiro Kondo.


Apple Reopens All 42 China Stores After Virus Closures, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Since shutting the stores, Apple gradually reopened them and 38 of the 42 stores were operating as of last week. The final four will open their doors on Friday local time, according to Apple’s website. An Apple spokesman confirmed the move.

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