Apple’s HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That’s OK

· · Editorial

HomePod with Beta Test Logo

If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.

How to Use "Skip When Shuffling" to Exclude Songs

· · Quick Tip

If you’re annoyed by Christmas music or spoken-word tracks when you’re shuffling through the music library on your iPhone, then this tip’ll make you happy! With the magic of iCloud Music Library, you can select which songs you don’t want to hear under iTunes on your Mac and have the changes sync to your iOS devices.

Apple Music Trailer for UK Rapper Stefflon Don Documentary

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Music has a trailer out for a mini series of documentaries on UK rapper Stefflon Don. It’s part of Apple Music’s “Up Next” showcase of up and coming artists. Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England, of Jamaican parents, grew up in Holland, and came back to England, where she launched her musical career. Apple Music describes her sound as a mix of UK rap and Jamaican dancehall, and there are two episodes of her documentary on Apple Music now. The trailer below offers a sneak peak.

Watch Apple Music's ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Gwen Stefani - It's B-A-N-A-N-A-S

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Music has a great animated Christmas video called ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Gwen Stefani. This animated video explores what might happen if Gwen Stefani caught Santa Clause delivering presents to her house. Warning, it’s totally B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 😏 But seriously, it’s all in service to promoting Gwen Stefani’s new (in October) Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, a mix of standards and a couple of new tunes.