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On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. Changes from the June, 2015 update are minimal and simply include references to App Store for Apple TV and tvOS, and caveats for "on-demand download of content based on app usage and resource constraints (which may use cellular data)." Otherwise, everything is business-as-usual.
After years of being overlooked, there's recently been a lot of attention paid to Facebook's iOS app and it's over-use of background resources. Facebook has indicated they're aware of – and working on – the problem. Let's all say a hopeful word of thanks for that. Unfortunately, it's not just your iPhone that's being overworked by Facebook. Facebook runs rampant when its website is loaded in your Mac desktop's web browser, too, using more RAM than just about every other app – and definitely every other web page – you have open.
Monday night at the WSJD conference Tim Cook announced that Apple Music currently has 6.5 million people in the "paid category." Many folks are comparing that to Spotify's 20 million paid subscribers. Opinions on that comparison are all over the map, as you might imagine. One thing that seems to be missing is data showing how much each of those customers are paying. Many of them are paying far less than the perceived $10 per month.
Decades or centuries from now no one will care what we thought about any given movie or book released about Steve Jobs. What people will care about, however, is the information held by people who knew him. Let's stop the fighting and get to the documenting, folks.
Our friends at Macphun are sponsoring TMO this week ... and offering all of you a chance to win one of two Apple Watches or a brand new iPhone 6s! The folks at MacPhun have made entering this contest super simple. Just visit their contest page, enter your name, your email, your country and whether you use a Mac or a PC (you have to pick just one, you cross-platform-using ninjas!) and that's it, you're entered.
Sonos today introduced the new PLAY:5, a completely redesigned speaker for wireless audio in your home. Replacing the existing PLAY:5 in the lineup, this new model features six synchronized, custom-designed drivers in a brand new enclosure, providing fantastic sound and excellent wireless performance. Combined with their new Trueplay tuning technology, the PLAY:5 truly earns its place as the new flagship of the Sonos line. I had the chance to preview and test the new units last week at Sonos's offices in Santa Barbara, CA, and they've really out-done themselves this time. The new PLAY:5 can be oriented on 3 sides, standing vertically or horizontally depending upon your room's layout and desired speaker coverage. In either orientation, the sound is extremely wide, with a stereo image projecting quite well out of just a single speaker in horizontal orientation. Of course, the PLAY:5 can be paired with a second, matching unit for a stereo pair that delivers a truly immersive experience. The controls, too, are completely new, with Sonos eschewing buttons in favor of a multitouch panel. Right now the panel supports play/pause, volume and track switching, but future possibilities are endless. The all-new Sonos PLAY:5 will retail for US$499 and will be available later this year in matte black or matte white finish. We'll follow-up with a more in-depth review once we've had the chance to really put the new unit through its paces.
The rooms in your home aren't acoustically designed to make speakers sound their very best. My rooms aren't either. It's for this reason that Sonos has been hard at work developing Trueplay, an innovative technology that will allow us to use our iPhones and iPads to automatically tune our Sonos speakers for the rooms and locations in which we place them.
With yesterday's release of iOS 9 to the masses, Content Blockers (a.k.a. ad blockers) have made their way into the iOS mainstream. As I recently said, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it. But now that you have the ability to easily run ad/content blockers on both your desktop and mobile browsers, what will it take for you to stop using them?
Earlier today Apple sent notes to various outlets announcing that watchOS 2 would not be released today due to a last-minute bug they found. Developer James Thomson took to Twitter to say that he might well have been the one to find the bug.
In addition to all the new devices yesterday, Apple also introduced their iPhone Upgrade Program. This joins the ranks of the cell carriers relatively new programs that allow customers to finance the purchase of a phone over time. There are, however, some important differences buried in the details. Let's take a look.