Overcast 3 Update

Overcast just received a 3.0 update on the app store. Overcast quickly became my favorite podcast app and it was a no-brainer to support Marco Arment. You can see some screenshots of the app above, but I highly recommend reading Marco’s post about what went into the new update. You can grab the app via the App Store.

tvOS Apps Can Now Be Purchased on iOS Devices and Macs

From MacStories:

Today, Apple added tvOS apps to its iTunes Link Maker web app and enabled tvOS app purchases on iOS devices, even if the tvOS app is available only on the Apple TV. iTunes Link Maker lets you search for and generate links to iTunes content. tvOS app links generated by the iTunes Link Maker open in iTunes on macOS and the App Store app on iOS where the apps can be purchased or downloaded. If automatic downloads are enabled on your Apple TV, any apps acquired this way should show up on your Apple TV the next time you turn it on. Links generated with the iTunes Link Maker also work with the iTunes Affiliate Linking program. This means that for the first time a customer can click or tap a link and purchase a tvOS app without leaving their Mac or iOS device and have it waiting for them they sit down in front of the TV.

This is a nice little move on Apple’s part.

Spotify Acquires Subscriber Analytics Firm Preact

From Billboard:

Spotify has purchased Preact, a four-year-old startup that utilizes machine learnings and audience behavior metrics via social media to draw and retain subscribers. Preact’s web site describes its service as having the ability to “identif[y] which of your customers are likely to churn, renew or upgrade by analyzing product usage patterns and operational data using big data, behavioral science and machine learning technologies.”

Spotify, the worldwide subscription leader in streaming with 100 million monthly users and 40 million paid subscribers (as of September), has had little trouble in beefing up its paying customer base as of late, having added 10 million of them since March. But as the company continues to build out product features — it has been continuously tweaking its playlist functions while beta testing new advertising products and tweaking its video strategy — a company like Preact would theoretically help guide which avenues its subscribers and potential new customers would gravitate towards and value most.


Instapaper Premium Goes Free

From Instapaper:

Before, some of our greatest features were limited to Instapaper Premium subscribers. Now that we’re better resourced, we’re able to offer everyone the best version of Instapaper. Starting today, all users will have access to:

  • An ad-free Instapaper website
  • Full-text search for all articles
  • Unlimited Notes
  • Text-to-speech playlists
  • Unlimited speed reading
  • “Send to Kindle” via bookmarklet and mobile apps
  • Kindle Digests of up to 50 articles

I currently happen to have a ton of articles saved in my Instapaper account so I look forward to checking out these new features I’ll have access to.

Apple Should Have Airport Kiosks

iphone7-jetblk-34br_airpods-laydown-ob-printAfter listening to episode 106 of Upgrade this week, it made me curious as to why Apple doesn’t have kiosks at airports to sell smaller items like their EarPods, soon to be released AirPods, adapters, chargers, and other accessories. How many times have you forgotten something as simple as a lightning cable or power adapter while traveling? Probably more than you’d like to admit. It would be convenient, and likely profitable, for Apple to put in some kiosks around airport terminals so people can stock up on those smaller accessories.

We see similar kiosks in airports, and malls already. Although, most Apple stores, at least ones near me, seem to already be in malls so there’s no need there. It feels like Apple is missing out on an opportunity here, small as it may be. Why let other stores/kiosks profit off of accessories that may bot be as good as the ones Apple offers for their own products? It would be interesting to see Apple implement this in the immensely busy airports like JFK, LAX, and SFO before just putting them in a ton of airports, a chunk of which are probably too small to even have kiosks or stores in them.

I’m not knowledgeable enough on what opening stores or kiosks entails, but it seems like something that would be worthwhile for Apple to consider. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a flight, but I don’t recall seeing anything like what I briefly described. Hell, they could even sell phones at the kiosks if they thought it would work.

The Ringer Launches Website

The Ringer has officially launched their website. It’s great to see a ton of Grantland writers back on one site. Medium is a great publishing platform to team up with since they’ll provide a nice, consistent reading experience. Definitely check it out, there’s a ton of content up already. The site will be covering, sports, tech, pop culture, and more.