The Music-Metadata Edition Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Apple Acquires Classical Music Service Primephonic, Will Launch Dedicated Classical Music App, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple says that with the Primephonic purchase, ‌Apple Music‌ subscribers will be provided with an improved classical music experience. This will start with Primephonic playlists and audio content, and in the coming months, Apple will offer a dedicated Primephonic experience with improved browsing and search capabilities by composer and repertoire, better classical music metadata, and more.

Google, Apple Hit By First Law Threatening Dominance Over App-Store Payments, by Jiyoung Sohn, Wall Street Journal

The law amends South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act to prevent large app-market operators from requiring the use of their in-app purchasing systems. It also bans operators from unreasonably delaying the approval of apps or deleting them from the marketplace—provisions meant to head off retaliation against app makers.

How The ‘Right To Repair’ Might Save Your Gadgets—and Save You Money, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

“It isn’t like we’re asking for something that’s impossible. It’s something that’s easy to do: Provide parts, provide information and let people really feel like they own their own devices,” Tim Wu, a special assistant to President Biden for technology and competition policy who worked on the executive order, told me. “It gets to deeper questions about autonomy and control.”

Office Culture

Apple Cares About Privacy, Unless You Work At Apple, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

Employees have been asked to install software builds on their phones to test out new features prior to launch — only to find the builds expose their personal messages. Others have found that when testing new products like Apple’s Face ID, images are recorded every time they open their phones. “If they did this to a customer, people would lose their goddamn minds,” says Ashley Gjøvik, a senior engineering program manager.

Apple employees also can’t use their work email addresses to sign up for iCloud accounts, so many use their personal accounts.

#AppleToo Publishes First Five Stories Of Harrassment, Discrimination, by AppleInsider

The first batch of stories collected by the #AppleToo movement has been published by the internal Apple organization, giving a glimpse at the company's internal work environment.


‘Weather On The Way’ Updated With iPad App, Siri Shortcuts Support, Rain Probability, And More, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Originally launched in 2020, Weather on the Way is a great app for tracking weather as you’re planning a trip. Today, it’s adding a key feature that’ll make traveling even easier: Siri Shortcuts support.

Hyper Launches New Color Matched USB-C Hubs For M1 iMacs, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Hyper today announced the launch of a set of HyperDrive USB-C hubs that are designed for Apple’s 24-inch M1 iMacs, and the hubs are unique because they come with faceplates available in each iMac color.


Apple To Donate To Hurricane Ida Relief And Recovery Efforts, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple will be donating to Hurricane Ida relief and recovery efforts on the ground after the devastating category four storm made landfall in Louisiana over the weekend, according to a tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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