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    The Apple Music Glitch Machine

    July 2nd, 2015

    As you know, new product launches can be troublesome. Apple Music is no exception. Despite the fact that Tuesday’s 9:00 AM Pacific launch was limited to iOS 8.4 users (iTunes 12.2 didn’t arrive until several hours later), there was loads of attention. Early reviews were mixed, with a cluttered layout and lack of easy guidance for newcomers the most troublesome. But that’s not all.

    Apple promises “All you music in one place,” but it’s not that simple. In order to sync all your music, you have to enable the iCloud Music Library. But when you do that, your music library may be scrambled. One report I read online described tracks moving to the wrong album as an example of the mess that’s was being created, at least for some.

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    Apple and the Staggered Apple Music Rollout

    July 1st, 2015

    So in theory Apple Music debuted at 9:00 AM Pacific time in the U.S. In theory, but not for everyone. If you wanted to use the new subscription music service on your Mac or PC, you needed iTunes 12.2. But that release didn’t make its presence known until after 3:00 PM Pacific time, sporting a much improved icon influenced by the original Apple logo. If you’re using the iOS 9 beta, you’ll have to wait until beta 3 arrives next Tuesday. Apple TV and Android users will have to be patient until fall for gratification, and it will be interesting to see how fans of Google’s mobile platform will respond. It’s very much the equivalent of the launch of iTunes for Windows in 2003.

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    Postponing Apple Products That Don’t Exist

    June 30th, 2015

    For several years, some tech and industry analysts were claiming that Apple was poised to release a “real” Apple TV, a smart TV set. But it never arrived. Much of the speculation was fueled by the quote from Steve Jobs, in Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, that he had cracked the secret of the ultimate TV interface. Of course he didn’t actually say that the interface would appear in a TV set, but assumptions were assumptions.

    Clearly Apple’s competitors were freaked, and even Lenovo, a major PC manufacturer, announced a smart TV set for the Asian market, although it doesn’t seem to have actually gone on sale.

    This year, the final nail in the coffin was the claim that Apple had worked on a smart TV for several years, but couldn’t come up with a product and marketing concept that would succeed against the mass of low-cost and low-profit sets.

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    Newsletter Issue #813: The Windows 10 Report: Less Than You Expect

    June 29th, 2015

    Microsoft went into Windows 10 with low expectations from the public. After the Windows 8 debacle, just about anything would present an improvement. Indeed, the key feature of the forthcoming Windows refresh appears to be the return of a fully-enabled Start menu. The word “pathetic” comes to mind, that a feature mistakenly removed (or at least delivered with reduced functions) becomes a significant reason to upgrade to Windows 10.

    I wouldn’t presume to guess how Microsoft’s executives, some of whom are no longer with the company, could have so misjudged the public when Windows 8 was being developed. Even after people who downloaded the public beta versions complained, it doesn’t seem as if Microsoft read the memo. They were so immersed in giving Windows PCs a look similar to the one that didn’t catch on with Windows Phone gear, that the warning signs just weren’t heard.

    The most profitable portion of the Windows user base consists of businesses. IT people do not want to be surprised, and Microsoft is still confronting the reality that hundreds of millions of PCs, ATMs and point-of-sale devices are still running Windows XP. That includes at least some of the computers at the IRS, although the agency paid Microsoft $30 million last year for extended support past the announced deadline.

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