If you read anything today, it should be Federico Viticci’s article about mixtapes and discovering new music over at MacStories:
I’ve been jumping between different music streaming services for a few years now. Spotify keeps getting more popular and there’s a rumor that Apple is also working on a streaming service, but I use Rdio now. Rdio looks great: the company’s designers care about music, and the service is full of details and smaller features that make streaming songs enjoyable. I like that I can view my History so I can see what I’ve been into lately. It seems like I listen to Oasis when I’m resting at home and 2Pac when I’m doing chemo at the hospital. That’s an odd pattern.
My favorite aspect of Rdio is the focus on people. Not only can I discover playlists by other users with a beautiful interface – I can also see what’s trending among my friends and what they’ve been listening to. I subscribe to a few playlists and I regularly discover new artists thanks to people I follow. It doesn’t feel like Luca’s mixtapes (remember those CDs? Things are so much better now), but it’s nice.
I used to care about owning albums. I sometimes miss that sense of music ownership, and I wonder if Rdio’s going to be around forever. I like this service because they seem to know what they’re doing.
Christina Warren at Mashable recently wrote about how to fix Apple Music:
Apple Music, the streaming service, should be its own app, and there should be a different standalone app for your downloaded tracks. The idea of having it all essentially live inside iTunes (especially on the desktop) makes sense insofar as Apple wants to put all your music in one place, but in practice, it can be daunting.
The quote above is from her first point, but personally this was the main reason I started using Apple Music. I don’t want to keep using two music apps. However, the piece is a great read and I do agree with a lot of her points. It would definitely be a good place for Apple to start improving the service.
Kevin Lyman recently made an appearance on The Gunz Show. The interview is lead up to idobi’s Warped Radio, which will launch on June 20th.
Supergirl has made the move to The CW for it’s renewal of season two (reported by Variety). Hopefully this will give us more crossover episodes with The Flash because Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist were great together on screen.
/Film has ranked the MCU superheroes. The provide what films the characters have been in with a short description of the character and the reasoning behind why they stand where they so in the rankings. While my order may be different, this is a fun read.
It looks like Supergirl could be joining the rest of the Berlanti shows on The CW. With the station being co-owned by CBS and WB, it doesn’t appear that the move will be a huge deal. However, it’ll be interesting to see how a smaller budget could affect the show, though the other shows seem to do just fine.
Overcast has been my podcast app of choice since it was first released. Today it received a 2.5 update with features such as a dark theme and file uploads available to patrons only. Needless to say, I quickly became a patron to use the dark theme. You can check out all of the details on the update here and download the app here.
Endless Mike and The Beagle Club have released “Winter In Westmont.” You can stream the single over at BrooklynVegan. The album, Saint Paul, will be out on March 4th via A-F Records and you can grab a pre-order here.
JJ Redick has a new podcast with The Vertical. In his first episode, he talks about the Blake Griffin situation (briefly) and then dives into a conversation with Jared Dudley. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. Despite not being a Lakers fan and not caring much for the Clippers, I think JJ has a knack for talking shop and is great at doing interviews. Once he’s done playing, I’ll be waiting to see if he also dives into TV.
Check out the first episode here.
Murjani Rawls and I (Deanna) recently started a sports podcast. You can find an intro episode plus our first three episodes at the site! We cover basketball, football, and more. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Sport’s Up Podcast