Them Too

September 16th, 2014

Peter Cohen:

I have trouble thinking of a more self-indulgent, “first world problem” than saying “I hate this free new album I’ve been given.”

Yes, it’s a generous deal, if you happen to like it. But there’s no reason to not ask me. Peter offers that the vast majority of the people complaining know that it can “trivially” be hidden. So vast, apparently, that Apple has had to made a removal tool to make that findable. A simple action no one knows to take isn’t simple.

Imagine if you got what you think is the world’s ugliest shirt for your birthday present. Fine, that happens. Smile and get on with it. The person that gave you the shirt didn’t mean any offense and you don’t have to wear it.

Now imagine knowing that shirt will always be in your wardrobe right in the middle of your usual clothes and you don’t know how to get rid of it – you try removing it and throwing it away, but it keeps reappearing. Now imagine you change your clothes tens of times per day. As is true for nearly every problem, you can have worse problems, but it would grate on me.

And it’s not about the physical effort of having to scroll through another row. It’s about what’s in there going from being your choice to being your choice + what Apple thinks is a good idea. This was a problem when Twitter did this last month, and it’s a problem now.

Apple knows that music is both powerful and personal, they have highlighted that they think both customization and privacy are important and they have made a big fucking deal about their services to the user being in service of the user and not for some other ulterior motive. Apple could have asked “do you want this?”, but they didn’t, and the reason they didn’t was exactly because then they couldn’t help their friends chase a bogus world record. I’m not saying those values aren’t there, but they let them be overridden for the sake of marketing. Values that don’t always hold aren’t values. They should have asked.

September 9th Apple Event Achievements

September 8th, 2014

Forgot About Dre
Beats not mentioned.

Who Watches the Watchmen? happened
Wearable device first shown during event and not before, as leak.

Moto 360 mocked for not having full circle display.

Daring Tireball
Moto 360 mocked for not having full circle display using explicit John Gruber quote or reference.

Left Field
iPhone, iPod, iPad or wearable device with tactile display.

Big Walleted happened *
Only new iPhones compatible with payment solution.

New iPod models that are not iPod touch.

Really Forgot About Dre
More time spent demoing third-party keyboards than talking about Beats.

One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Method of iOS app distribution not controlled by Apple and usable for wide distribution announced.

Apple Maps Transit support announced in beta.

Missed Me
New iPhone or iPad model that parts haven’t leaked for.

The Revolution Will be Televised
Apple TV app SDK announced.

* Apple Pay is also supported in Apple Watch, but it’s not supported in any iOS device already in the hands of customers at the beginning of the event.

Those That Belong to the Emperor

September 6th, 2014

It has recently come to my attention that the affectionate, sublimely respectful and exhaustively specific name we Swedes have for country music, aside from “country music”, has yet to spread to the English language. This dearth of precision and shocking taxonomical inadequacy demands our promptest and most compassionate consideration. The world deserves to know that what Kris Kristofferson et al are broadcasting is only adequately described as country by people not yet in possession of a superior descriptor: what you are listening to is in fact horse jazz.

You can thank us later.