Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    Mike King is doing much the same thing, but his target demographic is different. So lets get this correct. It’s different becouse it’s not sanctioned by the correct people? Or that the target demographic are young adults?

    I would say "not sanctioned by the correct people" is the main one, but both of those things are true.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…,

    How the Supreme Court's decision is playing out in Iran:

    A leading Iranian actor has apologised after coming under pressure over a tweet he posted in support of a historic US supreme court ruling on gay marriage.

    Bahram Radan, who is known as the Iranian Brad Pitt, created controversy in the country when his tweet hailed a verdict last week which made same-sex marriage a legal right across the entirety of the US. Homosexuality remains a taboo subject inside the Islamic republic and is punishable by death.

    “The US supreme court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal was historic, perhaps on the scale of the end of slavery ... from Lincoln to Obama,” the award-winning actor tweeted in Persian at the weekend.

    But within a few hours, after many users bombarded him with homophobic abuse and hardline media criticised him, Radan deleted the tweet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to nzlemming,

    But surely it wasn’t meant to work like this?

    Of course it was. How can they keep you in their walled garden if they don’t tightly control what you do. The only time I ever run iTunes is when I open it by mistake,

    Nah, there's really no possible benefit to Apple in making that action difficult. It's a flub.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to Tinakori,

    “Key doesn’t actually believe Labour is in do-nothing mode – he just wants the public to believe that. Hence the interview.”

    In NBR, behind a paywall? Please, even if half their audience (no matter how affluent) read the article that is still a tiny sliver of the electorate. You are taking the piss, Rob

    Rob might be if NBR was the only place Key was saying it. But it was his main line in Parliament this week too: howling about how the Opposition hadn't released any policy this year.

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    I get the impression, Sasha, that you are dissaproving of the none ministarial effort. Are you uncomfortable?

    No, I don't think that's what Sacha's saying. Just pointing out that there was a coordinated official effort to go with JK's ad campaign. It is quite different to what Mike's doing.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Peter Johnston,

    However it is worth noting that until recently saving albums in Spotify was a laborious process. So Apple may just need a little while to get it right.

    Good point. I still find Spotify a struggle.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to BenWilson,

    The gateway drug of having music and playlists as simple files on a device like how they were before Apple ever invented the iPod and iTunes* has him in its vice-like grip.

    The first music app I can recall using was was Cassady & Greene’s SoundJam MP, which Apple bought in late 2000 and turned into iTunes in January 2001 – after realising they were missing the boat on music. The first iPod was released in Octber 2001. By that time WinAmp et al were well established and there were other portable players on the market.

    The iTunes Music Store launched in April 2003 and we tend to forget what a lifesaver that was. The big music companies were obsessed with DRM and some of the ways other companies were doing it were insane. I recall once buying a much-ballyhooed Kylie Minogue track made available in Windows Media format. I had to plod along and download the track – and then go to a completely different page to obtain a licence to use said track!

    The iTunes Store made it easy and seamless to buy music downloads, not least because Apple’s FairPlay DRM was painless compared to everything else (except eMusic, which didn’t have any major label music). Eventually, everyone stopped caring about DRM on music downloads. It’s only come back to enable offline play from streaming services.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    So that’s the challenge of online – being able to make accurate recommendations of new music that will appeal to people. Whether it’s done by clever algorithms (the red circles) or clever people (Zane Lowe), this is what Apple needs to get right.

    And so far, that’s the part it is getting right. It’s just the technical usability that’s borked.

    I have read that the discovery elements of Apple Music are very similar to those of Beats Music, which is interesting. Maybe it was worth some of that $3bn.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere,

    However, even though they are functional equivalents, they have very different features: you can see what you've listened to on the radio - and add tracks to your library - but can't add tracks from playlists or the playlists themselves to your library. Why?

    Odd. I can do both via the "..." menu.

    But Apple, why on earth can I not add a playlist to a playlist folder? Why would I have to add a playlist to a playlist?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Pogue has a review of Apple Music and finds fault with the lack of simplicity, but declares: "The good news is that all of this works flawlessly on day one."

    Er, no, it doesn't. It does seem that most of the reviews so far have been very superficial.

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