The Hooks-People-In Edition Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Apple One Subscription Bundle's Best Feature Is Actually The iCloud Storage, by Roger Cheng, CNET

Bundling everything together may be a way to get more people interested in the individual services. But iCloud storage could be the ingredient that really hooks people in, thanks to its large user base and the fact that it serves a need that anyone who's run out of storage on their iPhone can understand.

How To Get The Most Out Of Apple Music's Updates In iOS 14, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

While there's many smaller changes, there's four areas of major change in the app: Listen Now, Searches, Library Filtering, and Autoplay.


The Free App That Finally Made Me Enjoy Grocery Shopping, by Lindsay Adams, Apartment Therapy

The Out of Milk app helps me simplify my entire shopping experience, from taking stock of the pantry to checking out at the store.

The Best Laptop Stands To Save Your Neck, by Medea Giordano, Wired

You're often craning your neck when you work on a laptop, and that's not good for your back. Laptop stands can help, whether you're at home or in the office, especially if you want to upgrade from using a stack of old books. The best laptop stands raise your laptop's screen closer to eye level, bettering your posture, and some can even go from sitting to standing. We've tested a handful, and these are our favorites.


Apple Court Triumph Forces Tough Choice For EU’s Tax Crusade, by Aoife White, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s July court triumph over a massive European Union back-tax order is forcing antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager to make a tough choice: Challenge a ruling that faulted the EU investigation or accept judges’ criticisms and re-examine a case started more than six years ago.

We Need To Talk About Audible, by Cory Doctorow, Publishers Weekly

My effort to whittle away at Amazon's audiobook hegemony I believe will help show authors, publishers, and readers that there is a path to a more pluralistic and fair marketplace. And, in the process, fuel the growing support for more stringent antitrust enforcement.

Bottom of the Page

I'm, as the cliché goes, cautiously optimistic that I will be saving money this fall with Apple One. Of the four advertised services (we don't get Apple News nor the upcoming Fitness+, not that I have an Apple Watch), I'm currently subscribed to three, with Apple Arcade something that I don't really need or want.

However, I am paying for the 2TB of iCloud Storage, when Apple One only offers 200GB. The total price of Apple One Family Plan with an upgrade of 2TB of iCloud Storage will determine whether I switch to Apple One and get Apple Arcade for free.

Of course, if I lose my job or something (touch wood!), I'll probably start to get rid of Apple TV+ and Apple Music subscriptions (in that order) and just keep iCloud Storage, and hope that my savings can last (or I can find a new job in these strange times) until I get my CPF money.


There are no apps that make me enjoy grocery shopping.


Thanks for reading.