The Hooked-on-Apple Edition Saturday, May 6, 2023

Apple Stakes Future Growth On Emerging Markets, Starting With India, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

For Apple, selling an iPhone in an emerging market represents more than just the sale of one device - it represents the chance to get consumers hooked on Apple devices and services over time. Customers who start with an iPhone might later add an Apple Watch or AirPods or sign up for subscription services.

Cook said he saw opportunities for Apple in India in services but said that average revenue per user - a metric known as ARPU in the subscription business - would take time to catch up to Apple's other markets.


‘Apple Music Live’ Returning Next Week With Exclusive Performance By Ed Sheeran, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple Music Live, the popular live performance series from Apple, is returning for a second season next week. Apple says it’s teaming up with Ed Sheeran for a live performance at Eventim Apollo in London, available exclusively via Apple Music.

Instapaper Adds New CarPlay App For Reading Articles With Voice-to-text, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Instapaper, the popular read-it-later service, is now available via CarPlay. You might be wondering how a reading-focused app translates to CarPlay, but it all comes down to text-to-speech technology.


Apple Quietly Taps Korean Web Comics To Revive Its Books App, by Bloomberg

The Cupertino, California-based firm signed a three-year exclusive contract with South Korean startup Kenaz in December to supply online comics known as webtoons. The new content was rolled out in Japan last month and will expand to cover all 51 countries where Books is available, according to the firm.

Apple’s ‘Loot’ Shut Down As Striking Writers Disrupt Production , by Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Apple comedy produced by Universal Television has shut down after picketers disrupted filming of the comedy starring and exec produced by Maya Rudolph. Production is currently on hold and it’s unclear when — or even if — it will resume.

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A single web page over at MetaFilter on "Weird Al" Yankovic has made me 'lost' an afternoon of watching YouTube videos. :-)

And I've lost count the number of times I watched live performances of Tacky over the last few years. So great.


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