The Space-for-Curiosity Edition Friday, April 7, 2023

Apple Music Classical Shows Spotify's Weakness For The Genre, by Jonny Walfisz, Euronews

“I’ve been working with Apple to help solve the problems of classical music streaming,” says Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood. “They’ve come up with a really elegant set of solutions to the unique problems that hinder the search for - and collection of - digital classical music.”


“Classical music - and all of culture - is fundamentally about connection, about forging bonds of understanding across time and space,” said Yo-Yo Ma. “It’s innovations like this that make that connection possible, that give us space for our curiosity to run, to rediscover the familiar, and to rejoice in the unexpected.”

General Motors Hates Your iPhone, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I get the impulse to want to control everything that happens in your car, if you’re an automaker. But given the fact that the smartphone is everyone’s real ride-or-die, the best choice is to integrate tightly with the supercomputer we all keep in our pockets, not to say “let them eat Bluetooth” and be happy degrading the customer experience in the interest of control and incremental revenue.


I Tried Apple Music Classical For A Week – It’s Great But Needs Two Big Improvements, by Harry McKerrell, What Hi-Fi?

Yes, there are interface aspects that could be improved and a lack of downloads is a bore, but overall the picture is an overwhelmingly positive one. If you’re yet to decide on which streaming service is right for you, the idea of getting Apple Music and its classical companion in one cohesive subscription package is an undeniably attractive one.

Apple Maps Redesign Expands To Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, And Slovenia, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today announced that its revamped Maps app is rolling out across Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. The new experience provides more detailed road coverage, better navigation, custom-designed 3D models of popular landmarks, Flyover, and more.


Apple (Re)invents The iPod, by Harri Weber, TechCrunch

The iPod is dead, but our great yearning for devices that do less? That lives on.

Apps Allow Apple Pay More Accessible In Korea Without NFC Terminal, by Pulse

Apple Pay is expected to reach Korean consumers faster with the increasing popularity of a phone-to-phone payment method, which allows vendors or sellers to install a payment app on their own mobile phones for iPhone users even without a near-field communication (NFC) terminal for Apple’s payment service.

Why Is Apple’s Next Earnings Report Coming So Late?, by Eric J. Savitz, Barron's

Apple has scheduled its March quarter earnings announcement for May 4, which is not exactly a huge breaking news event—except the date is unusually late, and that has investors wondering if there’s a reason for the longer-than-usual delay.

Bottom of the Page

Hey, Apple, now that you have realized the power of meta-data, how about letting your customer harness the power too? How about allow us to create powerful really-smart playlist that can take advantage of all the metadata you have in the entire Apple Music universe?


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