iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

6:36 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · · Analysis

Turns out iCloud Music Library's DRM is confusing, not draconian

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.

Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

8:44 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · Analysis

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday upheld Apple's conviction as an antitrust violator. In a 2-1 split decision, the court ruled that Apple was liable for orchestrating a conspiracy with book publishers to raise retail prices for books, a violation of the Sherman Act.

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · Analysis

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

7:47 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

Apple CEO Tim Cook used his personal platform this weekend to urge America to "remove the symbols and word" that feed racism. On Sunday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thoughts to the families of the victims killed in a racist attack in South Carolina at an historic all-black church called Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal.

Want Better Apple Music Royalties? Get Taylor Swift on Your Side

9:35 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Taylor Swift calls out Apple over Apple Music royalty terms

17 hours. That's all the time it took for Taylor Swift to give Apple a sound thrashing and get the company to agree to pay artists royalties for their songs during Apple Music's free three month trial period. As if that wasn't big enough news, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced the change to the world via Twitter.

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk at Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

6:58 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Analysis

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk Against Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."

Apple Is Making a Healthy Profit on Apple Watch Bands

2:25 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple is raking in the profits with its Apple Watch Bands, according to a report from IHS research. In one case, an entry level sort band that sells for US$49 costs just $2.05 to make. Many factors likely come into play in this pricing decision. 

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

9:00 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · Analysis

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

Apple is stretched pretty thin, these days. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Car, iCloud, Apple Pay, iBooks, iTunes, Apple Music, OS X, and iOS, just to name a few. Some have suggested Apple kill its legacy Mac business to leave it free to focus on other products. Bryan Chaffin argues that this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of Apple and the Mac, both.

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

9:21 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

Apple is amping up its campaign to make privacy a selling point. But can even the greatest marketing phenom in recent history do so? Bryan Chaffin says it's going to be a hard sell.