I Made You a Mixtape

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.

7 Ways To Fix The Mess That Is Apple Music

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.

Marco Arment Releases Overcast 2.5

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.

The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick

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.