Comments indicate nobody really understands what Mastered for iTunes means.
For those of you who already have albums by The Smiths – as I understand it, if you bought them on iTunes you can delete your download and redownload them again for the new files. If you ripped them from CDs and use iTunes Match, you can delete the downloads and redownload them from within the iTunes software. Do not delete from iCloud.
It’s hit and miss on whether or not you get that pretty Mastered for iTunes badge. Krik Mcelhearn wrote about this before.
The way I’ve been using Twitter has been a lot like an IRC channel I leave on in the background. I guess that isn’t working out so well for them. This iteration of the profile page puts more emphasis on visuals.
I suspect that people like me who use apps like Twitterrific are holding back Twitter from what they want to be, which I guess is to be more like Facebook.
Which is odd, because I wish Facebook was more like Twitter.
Mogi Grumbles did the tribute soundtrack thing with Tron, now he’s got one for Escape from New York.
Listen if you like that 80′s electronic soundtrack feel (John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream).
“Honestly, they call it the after-party. In my mind, I only know one time when it actually felt like a party.” (That was in 1990, he said, when Technotronic played their hit “Pump Up the Jam” there.)
That DOES sound like a party!
These may have been sitting out for a while.
Freakonomics Radio talk about how online dating. Surprising news: they find out that guys value looks and women value confidence and success.
Yeah, I like my Mac – but if you go on and on like this with the Apple love you automatically volunteer to teach my dad how to use mail.app.
The other thing to explain to him, a recent switcher, is that on Macs the menu bar isn’t tied to the window. You can have an application be ACTIVE without a window being present.
How messed up that is to you depends on how long you’ve been in it. I’m in too deep, man, too deep.
On the modern-day Dungeon Keeper remake.
The modern-day Dungeon Keeper is not even a game. It’s just a socially engineered scam. And since people don’t remember what real gaming was like in the 90s, they are giving it the highest rating in the app store.
It’s just unbelievable.
…What EA has done here has nothing to do with gaming, and the same is true for pretty much all other ‘free-to-play + in-app purchase’ games. We don’t have a mobile gaming industry anymore. We have a mobile scamming industry.
In What Drives Success?
It turns out that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups in America today share three traits that, together, propel success. The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. The second appears to be the opposite — insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. The third is impulse control.
Any individual, from any background, can have what we call this Triple Package of traits. But research shows that some groups are instilling them more frequently than others, and that they are enjoying greater success.
Did anyone else watch that Mitt Romney documentary on Netflix? I did. These two paragraphs kept popping up in my head while watching it.
I’ve always admired this vice control that’s prevalent in mormons. There’s a scene where the Romneys are going over pros and cons of Mitt running for president, and they bring up something like “God is giving you this opportunity, it would be a shame not to take it.” Mitt compares himself to his dad, citing his dad’s accomplishments to create wealth from nothing – and how that enabled Mitt to START from wealth. Mitt wants to travel just as far, if not more, than his dad did.
After he loses the republican nomination to McCain in 2008, while the people surrounding him say that everyone else is wrong, that McCain is a bad choice, Mitt swallows his pride and admits “[McCain] ran a better campaign.”
All three of those traits are there.
Skinny Puppy wants compensation for the use of their music to torture prisoners:
“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” founder cEvin Key explains by phone from his Los Angeles home. “We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions. So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services, thus the concept of the record title, Weapons.”
Not sure what the law says here. Does Guantanamo pay ASCAP or BMI performance rights fees?
The Genre Tag Problem:
Ask any passionate music fan about their favorite genre or genres of music, and you’ll be in for a graduate-level course in their passion. And that’s before you dive in to the various subgenres of music, in details that would overwhelm any sort of systematic organization in a store. For a passionate music fan, it’s not nearly as simple. Just look at this list of subgenres for Heavy Metal, itself a sub-genre of Rock music. And forget about using the iTunes genre images if you get really specific. And, if it’s not easily classifiable, odds are, in the iTunes Store it’s classified as “Alternative”. This is a limitation by design.
I think people like me who are meticulous about their genre tags are a dying breed. I used to recommend getting as specific as possible with your genre tags because if you wanted to listen to something with a beat you could select the 5 dance music genres and iTunes and go nuts.
But you can’t do that on iOS.
The motivation behind having detailed tags was so one could easily navigate a music library. I still have a standard process of verifying that tags are good on new music, but now with things like Genius Mixes and iTunes Radio stations it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put much effort into it.