The Ridiculousness of it All

Its no secret iTunes is getting more ridiculous with each version, but as I try to claw back some level of interest in listening to music on the go and on my Mac. I'm finding the prospect of wanting to use it even more maddening and suspect. The irony in the user interfaces for both iTunes and the Music app for iOS and the Mac respectively is the rising complexity alongside the dilution of character in both apps and what made the individual parts stand out. For example the ever growing presence of the iTunes Store in my music library. They used to be separate experiences.

My first headache after a long spell with not wanting to transfer or listen to music on either of my devices was after I put my Beatles Digital boxed set on my iPhone. And I only wanted the Beatles on my iPhone because I figured having less music would make the app simpler to operate. I was wrong and I didn't get a chance to find out because when the music app loaded, I still found all my music cluttering up the app, because of the streaming feature available. Coincidentally the Beatles boxed set can't be streamed even though I actually paid for it.

If I did kill the Internet connection on my iPhone, I of course succeeded in nullifying access to the streaming option, but that's inconvenient because of obvious reasons like having no internet. I signed out of my music app thinking that would fix the issue. It does, but then Apple helpfully logs you out of all other Apple services in the other different Apple Store apps.

It's a losing fight I find myself in. I'm pining for the simplicity and experience of a dumb iPod again because of Apple's insistence on us using its services at the expense of the quality of the experience offered. I thought Apple sweated the details, or maybe they are sweating them, but just not in the user's favour.

I don't even have Apple Music, iTunes Match or use Apple Connect and it feels my music collection isn't mine, it did on the iPod and it did on the Mac before the software started bloating and turning against itself.

This whole music service and content delivery system is so needlessly complicated and stubborn and I don't even need to talk about the bugs. I don't even talk about music amongst friends and I've stopped buying music because I'm not listening to any. It's been all podcasts and the occasional SoundCloud track.

This isn't new information and if I'm having this epiphany, I'm positive the folks in Cupertino are aware of what they are doing. So while I want Apple to re-imagine iTunes (how long have we been waiting, only for Apple to go the opposite direction?) like they have done with Photos, can I find the simplicity of the service that I desire elsewhere? Something that just reads MP3 files.

I'll update soon.

Podcasting in September/October

Hello, I completely forgot to do at least a monthly summary of my podcasting endeavours. Better late than never I guess. I'll cover both months here.

JPG (Subscribe Here)

Episode 44 - is the last of the Game of Thrones episodes I've done with Charmaine, I'm looking for a new podcast co-host, I might ask Adam to help me with the last few episodes and then pick up with somebody new for season 6. This episode focuses on episodes 3 and 4 of season 5, hope you enjoy.

Episode 45 - Here we discuss the latest Apple announcements from their recent keynote.

Episode 46 - I have an iPhone 6s+ and most of episode 46 is spent discussing Apple again, in both negative and positive ways.

Hello From Hong Kong (Subscribe Here)

#4 is an Interview with the largest (by following) periscoper in Hong Kong, together we discussion Penguinsix's history and the effects of periscope on traditional news media. Worth listening, well everything is :-).

#5 is an interview with Munchies, a new doughnut shop in Hong Kong that is both organic and A La Carte, set up by some Canadians, together we discuss their food offerings and drug culture (a bit of a tangent right?) in Hong Kong. It's amazing stuff. 

General Updates

Hello, it's been a while since I've written anything new. The whole website has barely existed in maintenance mode while I video blog every day on Periscope.

There will be a blog post coming out soon regarding my thoughts on Periscope. I have already discussed some of my thoughts in episodes 1 and 4 of the Hello from Hong Kong podcast which you can find on the iTunes store here.

Updates to the site are very small, I've removed the Hong Kong People Podcast from the navigation along the top, that show ended 2 months ago and I want to concentrate on the new HK themed podcast. As long time readers will notice, I'm not using Squarespace for the new show. I've gone back to a paid service because I can have more fine tuned control over the show and gather better statistics.

Some of the content from the previous podcast will return in various forms later.

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