Apple + Beats Reportedly about Preserving Music Industry and Hiring Iovine/Dre

8:09 PM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

Apple wants to buy Beats mainly to bring CEO Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre on board, according to online reports. Apple is also cognizant of its role pumping money into the music industry through the iTunes Store, and plans to operate Beats Music as a standalone service-on-the-side in order to provide a smooth transition from music downloads to music streaming. Bryan Chaffin explores these ideas.

Apple Death Knell #65: Apple Is Rotting from the Inside

6:47 PM, May. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Death Knell #65

Guess what? We have a new entry into the Apple Death Knell Counter, #65. One John Benjamin believes that "Apple is rotting from the inside," and he offers nothing to support the idea. Bryan Chaffin takes you on a tour.

The iTunes 11.2 Upgrade Fiasco Challenges Our Trust in Apple

5:40 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iTunes 11.2 Update Fiasco

The way Apple has handled the iTunes 11.2 upgrade bug that made the /Users folder invisible is troubling.  It's a matter of concern how and why it happened, that an OS bug should be introduced in an iTunes update, and how Apple handled the fix.

Amazon Bullies Publisher, Proving DOJ Got it Wrong on Apple

5:50 PM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions


Amazon has been accused of bullying Hachette, the smallest of the so-called "Big Five" publishers. There has been lots of mainstream coverage of the issue, but what this situation really highlights is the stupidity of Eric Holder's Department of Justice and its campaign against Apple's iBooks Store.

At What Point Does Apple Stop Building Retail Stores in the U.S.?

4:40 PM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Ever since the first Apple retail stores opened in May of 2001 in Tysons Corner, VA and the Glendale Galleria, CA, new stores have been opening on a regular basis with the total in the U.S. now exceeding 250. At what point does adding new stores in the U.S. no longer make sense?