The Common-Grievances Edition Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Here’s Why Apple Is Making An App Just For Classical Music Lovers, by Napier Lopez, The Next Web

Now, maybe you think it’s silly that classical music would need its own app. How elitist! But as one of those classical music lovers, so let me walk you through some of the common grievances I’ve suffered over the years from the more mainstream music platforms.

Let’s Consider Some Of The Implications Of Third-Party Payment Processing For In-App Purchasing On iOS And Android, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If Apple winds up acceding to these demands for third-party in-app payment providers — whether nation-by-nation as legislation passes, or by washing their hands of the entire controversy and making a worldwide policy change — I really hope they add APIs and mandate the use of them such that however you pay in-app, any subscription made in-app must show up in this list, and the provider must support no-hassle cancellation from within the system interface. Renewal receipts and upcoming renewal reminders should be mandatory, too.

Some Simple Advice For Apple And App Developers: It's Not About You, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Too often, when a company stumbles, it’s not because it made a fundamentally bad decision. It’s because it made a decision that benefited itself rather than its customers and lacked the perspective to understand that customers don’t applaud when you lower your costs or the quality of your product.


'Today At Apple' In-store Sessions Start To Return In Europe, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Now while the US stores appear to all be sticking to online-only sessions, ones across Europe have now begun taking bookings for live sessions. Apple Stores across the UK, France, Germany, and more have launched a full schedule of sessions on topics from photography and video, to music and coding.

'Sticker Doodle' Lets You Easily Create Your Own Stickers For iMessage And Other Apps, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Sticker Doodle is a simple but fun app that allows users to create a variety of stickers for Apple’s messaging app. The best part of the app is that you can choose between creating stickers with drawings or using your photos, and the app helps you do this in the best way possible.

Find The Key Of Any Song With Auto-Key Mobile, A Free App From The Makers Of Auto-Tune, by Ben Rogerson, MusicRadar

This free app is designed to quickly detect the key of any song or other audio source. Just tap a button, hold up your phone and - in theory - both the major key and relative minor will be revealed.

Moment’s New Video-coloring App Grain Will Let You Take Handcrafted Presets To Other Apps, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

Moment is launching another video-focused app for iPhone and iPad Tuesday that lets you edit and color footage as well as create video presets or “looks” for use on social media or Moment’s other video app, Rtro.

Nomad Upgrades Its Popular Base Station Mini With MagSafe Support For iPhone 12, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Nomad has launched an improved version of its leather and aluminum Base Station Mini today by bringing MagSafe compatibility to the sleek wireless charger.

Twelve South Intros New Mini StayGo USB-C Hub For iPad And MacBook With 4K HDMI, by Justin Kahn, 9to5Toys

The latest USB-C hub from Twelve South is a smaller, more compact version of the original StayGo hub geared toward iPad and MacBook users with a trimmed-down I/O section “that fits anywhere, whether traveling, going from home to office or heading to and from class,” with a lighter price tag to match.

JOBY Introduces New MagSafe-compatible Accessories For The iPhone 12 Lineup To Help Content Creators, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

JOBY is introducing the all-new GripTight system for MagSafe that’s aimed to give content creators the opportunity to use iPhone 12 without needing another complicated locking system.


Apple Just Banned A Pay Equity Slack Channel But Lets Fun Dogs Channel Lie, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

Employment attorney Vincent P. White says that invoking the Slack terms may simply be an excuse to block discussions of workplace pay disparities since doing so outright would violate labor law. “Discussing pay equity is a protected activity under federal, state, and local law,” says White. “Everyone agrees on that. For them to try and impair employees’ ability to discuss pay equity and diversity in the workplace is a clear cut act of retaliation.”

Apple Pledges Another Small But Welcome Sum To Racial Justice, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Apple has pledged another $30 million to racial justice, on top of the $100 million it promised last year in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

It includes funding for a wide array of causes, including a Global Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Equity Innovation Hub at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, with the intent to create regional hubs at other universities, and an expansion of its work to bring community coding centers to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by adding 11 additional schools to the roster.

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I do listen to classical music. I'm not a sophisticated listener though. I don't really understand a lot of the stuff associated with classical music. I just find that I enjoy listening to classical music, and they calm my mind when I'm getting too anxious or tense.

(Yes, when my servers start to go haywire, I'll immediately switch from whatever I'm listening to classical music.)

I find Apple Music perfectly fine for my classical music enjoyment. But, as I said, I'm just casually listening to music. I do find Apple's purchase of Primephonic exciting though. Maybe there will be a better experience coming our way. Maybe I can better appreciate classical music.

Here's looking forward to 2022.


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