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Thursday, July 02, 2015

A public service announcement

Don't update iTunes to 12.2:
I just installed iTunes 12.2 and turned on iCloud Music Library and my library is getting corrupted, song names are getting swapped and then marked as duplicate, only the artwork for the original song remains.
I would also advise against using Apple products for reasons both technical and ideological, but I realize few who are already caught in the throes of Apple addiction are going to stop now.

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 02, 2015 8:41 AM  

What is Apple's Diversity Quotient? Has it reached its tipping point yet?

Anonymous Bob Ramar July 02, 2015 8:45 AM  

I can give you another one. I have a credit card that has been hacked three times. Each time it was to buy products on iTunes. Each time I told the card company I did not have an iTunes account. Then, when checking my e-mail archives after upgrading a piece of software, I discovered that a very long time ago I had opened an iTunes account. I also discovered that it also had an active credit card recorded it in ... the account that was getting hacked. I looked on the site for a way to remove the card information. There was not one. I looked for a way to close the account. That did not exist either. I e-mailed iTunes and was told I would have to contact the company by phone and talk to a customer service representative. This I did and an hour and a half later plus going through three levels of administrative authority (plus threatening to contact the card company's legal department for assistance) I was finally able to close the account. At each step however the Apple representatives did not want to comply with my request and at the end read me a long legal brief outlining the consequences of my action to delete the account.

I can tell you that, as of that moment, the chances of my ever again owning any product or using a service provided by Apple went from very poor to 'hell freezing over'.

Anonymous Joudan July 02, 2015 8:49 AM  

I've been with PC since the big what-was-then-called IBM vs Apple vs Amiga fight, when I saw the writing on the wall and reluctantly built a PC and retired my Amiga 2000.

Since that time I have notice again and again that Apple has always been--let me be generous here--misleading when it comes to the compatibility of their software with PCs. Even when iTunes became a "must-have" it was hard not to notice just how much trouble, and how invasive, Apple software is.

Just don't do it, no matter how much you want iTunes in an iCloud for iPerfection while sipping iWater.

Except for a brief period when Apple was a must have for graphics workers and architects, its never been as good as advertised nor as necessary.

Plus, my God, have you ever been to Cupertino?

Anonymous Tom B July 02, 2015 8:51 AM  

More likely the fact that since Jobs died, the execs that replaced him think that Microsoft's tactic of releasing software before its ready is a good idea. Jobs was a fascist, but a competent one.

Anonymous BluntForceTrauma July 02, 2015 8:51 AM  

Hey, man, sometimes ya wanna stop, you know you need to stop, but ya can't. . . .

Blogger Nate July 02, 2015 8:53 AM  

Gee... this couldn't have anything to do with Apple's new streaming service could it? I mean Apple couldn't possibly benefit by wiping out a bunch of customers music collections could they?

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 02, 2015 9:11 AM  

Gee... this couldn't have anything to do with Apple's new streaming service could it? I mean Apple couldn't possibly benefit by wiping out a bunch of customers music collections could they?

Probably has a lot more to do with Steve Jobs being dead.

The trade off with Apple was that in exchange for your enslavement, you were gaining something that was as close to perfect as an overbearing asshole like Jobs could make it.

Except of course Jobs is now dead.

Tangential: The only Apple product I own is an iPad 2 built while Jobs was still alive. I'll have to replace it before too much longer and obviously I'm not getting another iPad.

What is the best tablet out there now?

Anonymous dh July 02, 2015 9:20 AM  

All you need to know about Steve Jobs is that he died of a form of cancer with a 93% survivability rate. The average profile of a person who dies from the form of cancer he has is a person who is homeless, destitute, of advanced age, or who has a religious or ethical problem with advanced cancer treatment.

Blogger Elocutioner0226 July 02, 2015 9:22 AM  

I've always been amazed that anyone would trust Apple to safeguard their data, especially in the cloud. I trust Apple the least of the big tech companies, even below Sony with its rootkit fiasco and complete pwnage hack last year.

Anonymous Giuseppe July 02, 2015 9:33 AM  

I only use apple because in exchange for giving rhe NSA full access to my life, it makes it somewhat easier to keep the garden variety hackers out of my life.

Anonymous Giuseppe July 02, 2015 9:35 AM  

I only use apple because in exchange for giving rhe NSA full access to my life, it makes it somewhat easier to keep the garden variety hackers out of my life.

Blogger Brad Andrews July 02, 2015 9:36 AM  

Cataline,

I like my Samsung Note Pro 12.2. My unit does have some battery problems and I am trying to find time to get into the shop to get that hopefully fixed, but I like the screen size, etc. Older eyes like a bigger screen....

Blogger Brad Andrews July 02, 2015 9:38 AM  

Giuseppe,

it makes it somewhat easier to keep the garden variety hackers out of my life.

Being in a smaller group of users is what is keeping most of the attackers away, though that is changing. Apple is not as strong in that area as many think. Lots of breaches and potential breaches are starting to be noticed.

Blogger FALPhil July 02, 2015 9:47 AM  

What is the best tablet out there now?

I have been very happy with my Galaxy Note 10.1, but I keep an eye out for a decent Linux tablet. Haven't found one yet.

Anonymous FriarBob July 02, 2015 9:50 AM  

@Brad Andrews

Noticed that about Linux too. A previous job used that for the servers. At the time it was "very secure"... or at least people thought so... until it got popular enough to be worth the hackers' time.

Blogger YIH July 02, 2015 9:52 AM  

dh:
All you need to know about Steve Jobs is that he died of a form of cancer with a 93% survivability rate.
I have reason to believe it wasn't just cancer.
The average profile of a person who dies from the form of cancer he has is a person who is homeless, destitute, of advanced age, or who has a religious or ethical problem with advanced cancer treatment.
If true, that would have most certainly complicated any cancer treatment. Remember he also had a liver transplant.
That would have also made the cancer treatment a lot more dicey... If even possible.
Back on the main subject, I tried iTunes (win XP) about 10 years or so ago. Found it bloated, sluggish, pushy (for Apple store) and about as bad as Windows Media Player. Uninstalled it, never bothered with it again.

Anonymous dantealiegri July 02, 2015 10:03 AM  

@FriarBob:

Linux is quite secure, mostly because security researchers can use the source to check for problems. The problems mainly come from software that people "assume" is ok because it is so old - like openssl.

Windows has become secure because there were just so many high profile hacks.

Apple is both closed source, and has not had the kind of sustained negative press that Microsoft endured. Even things that they have tried their damnest to lock down, like the iPhone have been repeatedly hacked.

Blogger Kryten 2X4B 523P July 02, 2015 10:07 AM  

Apple is less a "walled garden" and more a playpen for toddlers.

Blogger Expendable Faceless Minion July 02, 2015 10:10 AM  

This reminds me of back when installing iTunes was a 50-50 gamble that your CD would stop working.

Anonymous Porky July 02, 2015 10:11 AM  

What could possibly go wrong with storing all of your precious files in a cloud?

Blogger jaericho (#107) July 02, 2015 10:11 AM  

I've been lucky when it comes to itunes in the past. hopefully i'll survive this bug too. But yes, itunes could be much better. But i'm already locked in.

Anonymous KBT July 02, 2015 10:12 AM  

"Apple is both closed source"

The GUI level stuff is closed. The Darwin kernel (BSD variant) is open source, FWIW.

Other Apple open projects include WebKit, Bonjour and CUPS. They even contribute to gcc.

OS X ships with a number of open source things out of the box, like Apache and ZFS.

The iOS stuff is not targeted at tinkering tech geeks. The geeks need to just get over that or something. Not sure why all the rage about it. There's Android and all sorts of other stuff to buy. Google's not away.

Anonymous RCPete July 02, 2015 10:15 AM  

I flirted with Apple in the early '90s when I was proving to myself that I'll never be a competent keyboard player... Bought a Mac Classic II to run MIDI software, found that the people doing the hardware/software (Mark of the Unicorn) were more annoying than Steve Jobs, but the icing on the cake was when I discovered that the Classic II was carefully designed to be pretty close to upgrade proof.

Since then, it's been Windows or Linux, with Linux doing well when I was making a living doing some programming.

Blogger Rantor July 02, 2015 10:17 AM  

Had been happy user of Apple iPods, iPads, and iPhones for several years, but now they seem to be getting as buggy as my Microsoft PC. I hate Windows 8 though and had been considering a Mac. Perhaps I shall look into Linux.

Microsoft is as evil if not more evil than Apple, so is HP for that matter. Just have to figure out the best way to use my home applications without spending too much... and avoiding the one year at a time licensing systems.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J July 02, 2015 10:17 AM  

I'm just a lowly end-user looking for some music to play at the gym. Loved the iPod for this purpose - small, easy to use, easy to manage iTunes in my lowly end-user way.

Well now. Switched to using Google Play Music on my phone, hate it. Pay a $10/month premium to access my iTunes library, and if I don't download music to my phone's SD card I must use data or have WiFi access to stream music. It's a data hog so no playing it in my car.

Any alternatives to recommend? I have thousands of songs on iTunes I am backing up to CD so I don't lose them, but for my purposes iPod was the best fit. Don't want to spend any more money on Apple products though.

Blogger jaericho (#107) July 02, 2015 10:18 AM  

The trade off with Apple was that in exchange for your enslavement, you were gaining something that was as close to perfect as an overbearing asshole like Jobs could make it.
Except of course Jobs is now dead.


I said the day he died, in 10 years Apple would be 3rd rate once again.

Anonymous Porky July 02, 2015 10:18 AM  

Dry run for Tim Cook's master plan to remove all gender specific pronouns from song/movie titles?

Blogger Shimshon July 02, 2015 10:19 AM  

Regarding Linux security, it also depends on what you mean by "Linux" and "security" (ha!).

For example. If you serve pages using PHP, it's a lot harder to make your site secure. PHP is not Linux. An exploit in something like Wordpress is not Linux.

An exploit in OpenSSL (eg HEARTBLEED) affects Linux servers, but it is cross-platform and affects Windows as well.

A lousy coder is also not Linux.

An insecure by design API (cough OAuth2 cough) is not Linux.

Blogger luagha July 02, 2015 10:20 AM  

A friend once complained to me about problems with iTunes. I explained:

"iTunes is not designed to play your music. iTunes is designed to make it as easy as possible to buy things from the Apple Store. Any other functionality is tertiary at best."

And he achieved enlightenment.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J July 02, 2015 10:20 AM  

only the artwork for the original song remains.

Even artwork featuring the Confederate battle flag? There must be some Molly Hatchet or Lynyrd Skynyrd cover out there featuring it. Wonder if/when Apple will scrub it.

Anonymous dantealiegri July 02, 2015 10:23 AM  

@KBT: In those situations, Apple has the worst of both open and closed source: what you run is not what is given, and because of that, they are strictly upstream and thus hard to get patches in.

iOS is a problem because Apple really doesn't want to be a company that does the drugery of maintaining a high class OS. Just look at the rootpipe problem - they said you had to update to the newest OSX to fix it - their fix didn't work .. now overlay this onto mobile devices ...

Blogger Eric Mueller July 02, 2015 10:24 AM  

I updated last night, but haven't launched it yet. I tend to only use iTunes on my Mac when I need to add songs to my library or sync to my iPhone. I'll avoid using it until the next update comes out.

Anonymous Mike M. (minion #315) July 02, 2015 10:34 AM  

I've used Apple since the late '80s. It's less user-hostile than MicroShoddy's products, but the advantage has been declining for a while.

Anonymous Quartermaster July 02, 2015 10:34 AM  

I killed iTunes and Quicktime Player from my system and nothing from Apple will ever sully my system again.

Blogger Scott X July 02, 2015 10:36 AM  

Jobs' place in hell just got a little worse.

Blogger rho July 02, 2015 10:36 AM  

but the icing on the cake was when I discovered that the Classic II was carefully designed to be pretty close to upgrade proof.

Lord, the Classic II was terrible. On the other hand, the SE/30 was one of the best machines ever built. You could put 128MB of RAM in it, back when 128MB would cost you the price of a nice used car. I used one as a file server for years until the CRT finally gave up.

The general rule for Apple OS and app updates is to wait for the .1 or .2 version. It wasn't always that way, but it is now. iTunes has gotten steadily worse as Apple has piled on more cruft. Apple needs to hire a large, bearded man to come in and beat the too-clever-by-half out of their developers.

Blogger YIH July 02, 2015 10:47 AM  

dantealiegri:
Linux is quite secure, mostly because security researchers can use the source to check for problems. The problems mainly come from software that people "assume" is ok because it is so old - like openssl.
Steer clear of Unbuntu, word has it it's got the NSA 'backdoor' just like Winborg. Plus it has an Amazon + Google ''marketing partnership'' - another red flag.

Blogger Daniel July 02, 2015 10:48 AM  

Less user-hostile? So is Stockholm Syndrome.

Blogger Russell (106) July 02, 2015 10:54 AM  

"I said the day he died, in 10 years Apple would be 3rd rate once again."

That's optimistic. I'd say less, maybe 5 years. Sure, they sitting on mountains of money, but the cracks are already starting to appear.

I mean, stupid things, like ditching the maglock on their laptops for the latest USB port charger. The maglock is brilliant, the USB is mundane. That's the future for Apple.

Anonymous FP July 02, 2015 10:56 AM  

"iTunes is not designed to play your music. iTunes is designed to make it as easy as possible to buy things from the Apple Store. Any other functionality is tertiary at best."

Correct, along with an annoying interface and its desire to control all of your media. iTunes was banned from my PCs for 4 years until I needed it to update an ipod touch. Now it lives only on an older win7 machine. Thanks for the PSA VD.

Blogger YIH July 02, 2015 11:02 AM  

Midnight Avenue J:
Even artwork featuring the Confederate battle flag? There must be some Molly Hatchet or Lynyrd Skynyrd cover out there featuring it. Wonder if/when Apple will scrub it.
Not Hatchet, all their cover art would be right at home on any fantasy novel.
Skynyrd's been known to go there however.

Blogger JCclimber July 02, 2015 11:05 AM  

Too late. I upgraded to 12.0 accidentally, lost about 2/3 of my library.
Do I care? Yes, but not much because I've been too busy to even listen to music lately.....and the albums I really cared about are still there.

Apple may suck, but I loathe the time I waste with all the necessary tweaks whenever I am forced to use a PC for my work. When my work is helping people shave fractions of seconds off their time to do things, wasting minutes or hours to get a simple computer program to work infuriates me.

So, when I make the time to go digging for my albums, Apple is going to infuriate me as well.

Anonymous KBT July 02, 2015 11:09 AM  

"On the other hand, the SE/30 was one of the best machines ever built."

Early in my career, I designed a K-band microwave assembly on a Mac SE/30 using MacDraw Pro. It was for an R&D effort, so I could use what I wanted to. It worked perfectly, and outperformed units on actual projects done in AutoCAD.

Blogger Eric Mueller July 02, 2015 11:15 AM  

I'll probably back my library up before I try to open iTunes. Just in case.

Blogger bearspaw July 02, 2015 11:20 AM  

I'm still using 8.something on my ipad. Long ago forgot my Apple password so, happily, no upgrades.

OpenID RambleAround July 02, 2015 11:21 AM  

Been streaming for a couple of years now with winamp, no cloud necessary. Not too mention, no device restrictions (can take the music from my buddy's iPod and add to my library no prob), and largest file format compatibility of them all. Worth a look

Anonymous dh July 02, 2015 11:24 AM  

Linux is quite secure, mostly because security researchers can use the source to check for problems. The problems mainly come from software that people "assume" is ok because it is so old - like openssl.

The real beauty of linux/bsd is that for people who really need a secure system, it is possible to download, verify, compile and deploy an entire functional modern system from source code. I have a client who travels internationally for business, and his laptop is often seized by customs/border control for short periods of time. I hand built a secure platform for his consulting business, and it's extremely reliable and secure.

I will tell you that a System 76 laptop, with verified firmware, running hand-compiled freebsd, plus whole-drive file-system encryption is a tough-nut to crack. There are theoretical hacks that are possible involving compromised hardware but that is the largest single vector other than torturing the owner for the key.

Microsoft, Apple, et all are getting better, but the starting point is so far from good that they are still drowning in security problems.

Anonymous KBT July 02, 2015 11:29 AM  

"iOS is a problem because Apple really doesn't want to be a company that does the drugery of maintaining a high class OS."

o.O I'm starting to learn Swift and Cocoa, and watched most of the WWDC presentations (the tech ones, not the fluff keynote). They certainly *look* like a company interested in maintaining a good OS. It's a nice OS to code for, I'm finding, once you get far enough up the learning curve.

I know some folks there. They're very meticulous on many little things, and sometimes lose sight of the big picture. They're human, IOW. That being said, Apple definitely does need to spend some of that cash and hire more coders. No argument from me on that. iOS 9 is supposed to be a "step back and tune it up" release, so there you go.

"Just look at the rootpipe problem - they said you had to update to the newest OSX to fix it - their fix didn't work .. now overlay this onto mobile devices "

Yeah, annoying, but most corporations are just big dumb beasts at the end of the day. They'll fix it eventually. Anyway, rootpipe requires admin access, yes? It's not a huge threat to most. Has it even been exploited in the wild?

And all this talk of "evil" WRT OSes. Seriously?

ISIS just executed 70-something children for a list of "crimes" including "sorcery" and failing to fast. *That* is evil, people.

Also, I have about 25,000 songs in my iTunes library. About 80 were bought on the iTunes store.

ProTip: Use a streaming service. On the Mac you use something like Audio Hijack or Wondershare, and redirect the streams to MP3 files. Other OSes should have similar applications. Streaming + ownership FTW.

Blogger CarpeOro July 02, 2015 11:38 AM  

@ Porky:

http://docs.media.bitpipe.com/io_12x/io_122659/item_1128287/NewRelic_CloudSecurity_IO%23122659_EssentialGuide_060315_LI%231128287.pdf

Blogger CarpeOro July 02, 2015 11:39 AM  

To clarify, the link has a doc that talks about hackers exploiting SaS to get at data in Clouds.

Anonymous Porky July 02, 2015 11:50 AM  

@CarpeOro

That's horrifying enough, but this wasn't even a hack.

This is just what happens when Apple tries to HELP it's customers.

Blogger YIH July 02, 2015 11:51 AM  

Been streaming for a couple of years now with winamp, no cloud necessary. Not too mention, no device restrictions (can take the music from my buddy's iPod and add to my library no prob), and largest file format compatibility of them all. Worth a look.
Also worth noting are VLC which has a version for just about anything (including iOS) or Potplayer.
Both can handle any file format you can throw at them (from fansubbed anime to Flash to ogg vorbis) instead of 'mp3 or DRM only' (blech).

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 02, 2015 12:01 PM  

I stopped updating iTunes at 10.6.3.25. I blithely let it upgrade itself to 11.x once, but the functionality wasn't what I wanted. So I deleted it, and re-installed 10.x instead. It wasn't broken...why did it need to be upgraded? Oh, right--to sell more products! I think I've only ever bought ONE song from iTunes...

Blogger wrf3 July 02, 2015 12:30 PM  

dh wrote: The real beauty of linux/bsd is that for people who really need a secure system, it is possible to download, verify, compile and deploy an entire functional modern system from source code.

That's not as secure as you think it is. See the Turing Award lecture by Ken Thompson, Reflections on Trusting Trust.

Anonymous dh July 02, 2015 1:01 PM  

wrf3--

The state of the art has evolved significant from 1984. Namely, that there are extensive regressions that are able to run to verify the tool chain.

See Princeton's Verified Software Toolchain project for more information.

Blogger rho July 02, 2015 1:32 PM  

dh:
I will tell you that a System 76 laptop..

Never heard of them. Do you have any data on reliability?

Anonymous Michael Maier July 02, 2015 1:41 PM  

If some artists weren't morons that do exclusives w/ iTunes, I would have never installed it. iTunes is an awful interface.

It hinders searching, buying and using (at least on my PC, I loathe my Mac and about never use it.) Why the Hell anyone at Apple would design such garbage is beyond me.

Yet buying MP3s from Amazon is simplicity itself. What is wrong with this picture?

Anonymous Jake-the-Rake July 02, 2015 1:48 PM  

I mostly use tablets for email and doing translation work.

For text processing Apple has Android beat 8 to 1 (Brazil - Germany).

I'd prefer a 7 inch Android, which when plugged into a USB behaves like a memory stick with none of the ITunes nonsense. But if I want to work on the go, al fresco, I have no choice but Apple.

Jota+ and JotterPad are worthless compared to TextKraft or iAWriter. No finger highlighting.

My big ole phablet MS Lumia 1520 is fine as a smartphone, but the Office Word that comes bundled with it is tragic...

Anonymous BGS July 02, 2015 1:50 PM  

What is Apple's Diversity Quotient? It lacks blacks & browns, but everyone that has fucked Timmy Cook is there.

All you need to know about Steve Jobs is that he died of a form of cancer with a 93% survivability rate.

He ignored treatment because he didn't want to let the idiots in his company screw things up.

Dry run for Tim Cook's master plan to remove all gender specific pronouns from song/movie titles?

Timmy is making sure to remove this song. http://reason.com/reasontv/2012/08/16/remy
The new one is funny "I identify as competent"http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/27/vid-remy-spoofs-britney-spears-in-latest to bad I can't use it to spoof Karaoke

Blogger Azimus July 02, 2015 2:11 PM  

Apple addiction & Man's fallen nature:

"The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it"

Don't eat the fruit!

Anonymous dh July 02, 2015 2:29 PM  

Never heard of them. Do you have any data on reliability?

None I know of. They are a small vendor who specializes in manufacturing *nix compatible devices. You can order versions of their hardware that runs only on firmware that is free and open source, or that has clearly defined boundaries of where the proprietary parts of the firmware start and end.

My own observation is that in the last 2-3 years they've grown a lot, and also, the quality has suffered.

Blogger John July 02, 2015 2:32 PM  

Yah. Apparently I had it set on auto-update, and it ate my playlists. This is problematic, as I occasionally DJ on the weekends. However, I was able to use an older library to make iTunes remember my songs.

Not a big deal, but irritating.

Frankly, I'm with a lot of people. Jobs is gone, and I'd hoped he'd passed on some of his 'gift'; if not enough to soar, then at least to fly.

Doesn't seem to be the case so far.

Not saying they can't continue to be successful, I just doubt they can hold on to whatever magic was there with Jobs. They don't seem to be "thinking different" any more. Which is really too bad.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 02, 2015 3:05 PM  

Also, I have about 25,000 songs in my iTunes library.

First glance at Newegg showed a 2TB hard drive for $100. So a quick calculation: 25,000 songs, figure a very generous 10MB per song for highest bitrate and in case you're a huge Meatloaf fan, comes to a total of $0.0000125. Mirror it across 4 drives for extra-extra-extra redundancy, and it'll cost you all of half a hundredth of a cent to store all those songs.

Why are people storing anything in the cloud again? For backup, maybe, but as primary storage? That's insane.

Blogger Robert What? July 02, 2015 4:05 PM  

I once made the mistake of installing iTunes on my PC. What an intrusive hog. Never again.

Blogger Danby July 02, 2015 4:19 PM  

@Cail
Because buzzword buzzword buzzword FREE buzzword buzzword EASY buzzword buzzword buzzword TRENDY!

Honest-to-God, any business that thinks putting their data into the cloud deserves what happens to them.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2015 8:21 PM  

Question for the ilk. Any of you used 7digital for buying online music? I used to buy all my music through Amazon, but... well, y'know.

Anonymous KBT July 02, 2015 9:25 PM  

@Cail Corishev

The iTunes library *is* on my hard drive. It's mainly CD rips, stuff from torrents or from my days on Usenet. Remember Usenet? I'm old. :(

The few I bought on iTunes are DRM free AAC files, easily converted and transferable to anything else.

Just not feeling the Lovecraftan evil others are perceiving. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For streaming, I use iTunes Match which matches my tracks with what's in the store, and it streams me those rather than having to upload it all to the cloud. So even old MP3 of iffy quality I got off torrent sites stream in great quality. Not sure how they got the music labels to sign up for that one. It's basically amnesty for all my pirated files.

Sorry, I just don't have the big hate boner for companies that sell gadgets. There's way bigger fish to fry.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 02, 2015 9:55 PM  

KBT, I wasn't criticizing you, just using your volume as an example to run the numbers. That's a pretty large music library by my standards (mine is only 2000 songs, and there's some definite chaff and duplication in there), yet it's tiny by today's hard drive standards. All my mp3s can fit on a player or flash drive that's smaller than a watch. Storing them in The Cloud (as primary storage, which it seems many people were doing) would be like renting a truck-sized storage unit across town to keep my spare change in.

My impression is that content owners are pushing the idea of cloud storage because they'll have more control over data there. If people get used to the idea of streaming everything on-demand Netflix-style, then the content owners might be able to charge per-view, per-day, whatever. It's not diabolical, it's just a way of doing business that looks good from their perspective, but it's not necessarily good for the consumer.

It's especially not-good if you don't have unlimited bandwidth. It's ridiculous that if I watch a show on Netflix twice in one day the entire thing is pulled across my connection twice, but that's the only way the content owners can feel enough in control. Which of course encourages me to get things from torrents instead, but they've never been very smart about this.

Anonymous JoeyWheels July 03, 2015 12:31 AM  

I love my Zune 120.

Anonymous SumDood July 03, 2015 9:56 AM  

+1 on the SE/30 love.

And, didn't Jobs refuse traditional medical treatment in favor of diet/meditation/new age healing claptrap?

Anonymous Jack Amok July 03, 2015 12:30 PM  

And, didn't Jobs refuse traditional medical treatment in favor of diet/meditation/new age healing claptrap?

Yes and no, but I'd find this blog a strange place to complain about someone who questioned conventional medical wisdom. I was never a Jobs fan, but I don't begrudge him thinking for himself. When you do that, sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong, and in this case maybe he died because he was wrong, but that seems better to me than dying becomes somebody else screwed up.

Blogger Joe A. July 03, 2015 4:37 PM  

Thanks for the heads up. I ignore the updates anyway.

I have an ancient ipod I still use and will still use until it dies. That's it for Apple products, though.

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