The Too-Attached Edition Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Is Being Remixed For Spatial Audio, Again, by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone

Apple Music’s spatial audio playlists have spotlighted the surround-sound Dolby Atmos mix of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band since the feature launched in June, but Beatles fans shouldn’t get too attached to that version of the album. Producer Giles Martin, who’s been supervising remixes and reissues of the Beatles’ classics in stereo and surround formats, isn’t quite happy with the Sgt. Pepper’s spatial audio mix, and plans to redo it and replace the current version before the end of the summer. “I’m actually going to change it,” Martin says. “It’s good, but it’s not right… It doesn’t sound quite right to me.”

Most Apple Stores To Require Masks Again For Shoppers, Staff, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple will again require masks for shoppers and employees at more than half of its about 270 U.S. stores. The decision was spurred by rising cases, new local mandates and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. [...] It also urged retail staff to get vaccinated, but is not requiring it at this time.

Tim Cook Confirms Employee Return To Apple Park Pushed To At Least October, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The delta variant of COVID-19 has created a new wave of cases across the United States, so companies like Apple have pushed plans for a return to work back to October. The plan initially had employees returning in September, but health threats from the pandemic bring everything into question.


'Today At Apple' Session Explores How To Shoot And Edit 'Otherworldly' Photos In Night Mode On iPhone, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

A new “Today at Apple” session shared on YouTube today explores how to shoot and edit “otherworldly” photos in Night mode on an iPhone with the help of photographer Maria Lax and Landon, a Creative at Apple Grand Central in New York City.

Apple Says Don't Buy AirTag Replacement Batteries With Bitter Coating, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The alignment of the coating in relation to the battery contacts is at issue, so to ensure the battery will work, AirTag users should buy replacement CR2032 batteries that do not have any kind of coating.

LumaFusion Brings Video Stabilization, External Drive Editing, More With Version 3.0, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The powerful video editor takes advantage of the Apple Pencil and the touch screen for those who want to edit on the go.


I Miss Apple's Best iPod, by Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo

Instead of letting iTunes randomly fill it with tracks, I would upload 120 of my favorites so that when I stuck my headphones in it was like I was tuning into a radio station that catered to my exact tastes in music. It was all killer, no filler, as defined by me. We now take such functionality for granted, because algorithms allow streaming services like Spotify to make tailored recommendations based on what we most often listen to, but in 2005 the relatively dumb iPod shuffle gave me a similar experience.

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The Apple Music app gives me a lot of options to play when I open the app, and, sometimes, that's not good. I wish there is one button somewhere on the Apple Music app that I can press, and Apple Music will just play a mix of music that I like, and music that Apple predicts that I will like. Of course it will be even better if Apple can sense my mood and what I am doing.

(I can listen to music with lyrics when I am programming, but I can only listen to music without lyrics when I am writing.)


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