MyAppleMenu - Fri, Jan 2, 2015

Fri, Jan 2, 2015 Day of the Disappearing iPods

Farewell, iPods

As noted by FairerPlatform, iPods are mostly missing from Apple's online refurbished store. The speculation is that

... as Apple winds down iPod manufacturing it needs most refurbished iPods for warranty and replacement.

The iPhone, in my humble opiion, is truly a better device in almost every aspect for listening to music, podcasts and audiobooks when compared to the iPod shuffle and nano. The only downside is size.

However, with the upcoming arrival of the Apple Watch this year, Apple now has a modern platform that will be very suitable for smaller wearable devices. The Apple Watch need not be confined to a watch that you wear on your wrist. With this new operating system, I wish we will soon get a truly great replacement for iPod shuffle and nano.

Speaking of listening on an iPhone...

Dan Moren, Six Colors: Wish List: Up Next for iOS

(Photo: iPod, by Chloe Media)

Lucky Lucky

Every New Year, Apple Japan has been selling these Lucky Bags, or Fukubukuro. Essentially, these are bundles of mystery stuff, and the cost of a lucky bag is usually cheaper than if you purchase all the stuff inside individually.

This year, among the standard stuff like Apple TV, Beats headphone, Mophie battery, and iTunes gift card, lucky winners will also walk away with a 128 GB 11-inch MacBook Air, as reported by the Mac Otakara blog.

Ask The iTunes Guy: Of Missing Genres and Artist Sorting

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld:

I look at a bug in iTunes 12, where deleting the genre tag creates a blank genre. I discuss an issue where a reader couldn't import AAC files into iTunes. I explain how to combine a pre-ordered single with an album. And I show how to sort artists by their last name.

Hands On: Scribe Cross-Platform Clipboard Utility


Scribe is a clipboard utility for, well, copying anything from your Mac. If you can select it, you can copy it, and Scribe will send it on over to your iOS device.

The text you've sent over also goes into your device's clipboard, so that you can paste it in any application there.

Automatic, a Simple, Smart Driving Assistant for Willing Drivers

Bonnie Cha, Re/code:

Automatic is a combination of a small Bluetooth-enabled dongle that plugs into your car's on-board diagnostics port (a.k.a. ODB-II port) and communicates with an accompanying smartphone app. Together, they provide feedback about how you're driving, fuel costs, fuel efficiency and other trip data.

Developers! Developers! Developers!

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.