iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

6:36 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 ·

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 Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

9:38 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 ·

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery — that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think that’s only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a service’s users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

8:00 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 ·

Happy Independence Day!

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!

Apple Posts San Francisco Pride 2015 Video

1:38 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a video celebrating the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride 2015 parade on June 28th. The video features scenes from around the city, Apple setting up for the event, and many of its employees and their families taking part. Apple CEO Tim Cook also makes a very brief appearance. It closes with the tagline "Inclusion inspires innovation."

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

8:51 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 ·

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger

Youhave just a couple of more days to get our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum charging. It retails for $70, but through our deal it's yours for $13.99.

Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

8:44 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 ·

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.

Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not Jony Ive

3:04 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 ·

Jony Ive doesn't have design VPs reporting to him

Apple's new executive bio webpage is up, and it shows Jony Ive's new role as Chief Design Officer, along with the two new VPs taking over user interface and industrial design. Here's the twist: Neither report to Mr. Ive but instead report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

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Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.

3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

2:01 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 ·

A pile of cables tangled together.

As the (US) holiday weekend kicks off, lots of people are going on trips and taking their devices and might need a better cable than the one that came with their iPhone or iPad. Kelly has a roundup of tips for cable upgrades for summer.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-02: Coping with iCloud Music Library’s Problems

1:39 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 ·

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iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music's iCloud Music Library have some pretty serious issues. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into the issues, share their thoughts on why Apple is having big problems with iCloud Music Library, and share a tip on how to see if you're using Apple's new online music storage system.