Here’s What to Look For at Today’s Big Apple Event

Today at 1pm Eastern, 3pm Apple Time, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at the biggest Apple event of the Apple year, the annual fall product reveal. This years big news? Big iPhones. BIG ones. And big prices. BIG ones. Apple Day, as users call it, involves new product launches or product upgrades every fall. This year, new iPhones and a new Apple Watch, as well as possible upgrades to Macbook and more are on deck. CNN’s Brian Stelter, reporting from Cupertino, talked about the price and updates. “I don’t think these pro products ever really get cheaper, unfortunately,” Stelter joked, “But they do get better. That’s what apple says. It is Apple day once again. They’re launching a bunch of new phones here at the Steve Jobs theater later today.” “They will be pushing the price a little higher on the top of the line iPhone,” Continue reading "Here’s What to Look For at Today’s Big Apple Event"

Apple Faces Backlash on Day of Big Product Launch As User Whose iTunes Purchase Disappeared Goes Viral

If you’ve ever bought a movie on iTunes, you may think you permanently own it. But as with so many things, and particularly Apple things, you probably should have read the user agreement. That’s what Twitter is finding out right now when it comes to digital ownership. A tweet has gone viral lamenting the disappearance of previously purchased movies from a Canadian user’s library. It includes a screenshot of the response from Apple explaining that the purchased movies aren’t actually owned by the purchaser. Here’s some text from that screenshot:
I see that you are unable to Continue reading "Apple Faces Backlash on Day of Big Product Launch As User Whose iTunes Purchase Disappeared Goes Viral"

A big shakeup at Audible has left the audiobook giant’s podcast strategy unclear

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 172, published August 7, 2018. Huge shakeups at Audible Originals. I can confirm that the Amazon-owned audiobook giant announced internally last Thursday that it was eliminating a considerable number of roles within its original programming unit. Sources within the company tell me that the role eliminations span a number of different teams within the unit, but most notably, they include nearly the entire group responsible for Audible’s shorter-form podcast-style programming, like the critically acclaimed West Cork, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. That group was previously led by former NPR executive Eric Nuzum and his deputy, the public radio veteran Jesse Baker. NPR’s Neda Ulaby first reported the development in a newscast on Friday evening. In the spot, Ulaby noted that about a dozen employees were affected and that the changes Continue reading "A big shakeup at Audible has left the audiobook giant’s podcast strategy unclear"

Congratulations, America. Victory against Infowars!

 

You did it, O, you denizens of social media, you sharers of cats, you time-wasters, you. With every appalled tweet and retweet and angry emoji on Facebook, you vanquished the foe, Infowars. You got it banished from Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify. Congratulations.

I have no inside information to know what made the platforms finally come to their senses. But I will bet that it was the cover provided by the public on social media that gave them the courage to do the right thing.

Consider what Sleeping Giants and Shannon Coulter’s #GrabYourWallet did to get thousands of

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Facebook, Apple, Spotify Crack Down on Alex Jones and Infowars

Apple removed most of Infowars’ podcasts from iTunes, Facebook banned four pages run by Alex Jones, and Spotify removed Jones’ show in a multi-platform crackdown on the conspiracy theorist and his popular website. BuzzFeed News reported that Alex Jones’ website, home to batty conspiracy theories and Super Male Vitality – a $59.95 vial of a substance you apply to your penis – had six podcasts hosted on iTunes and Apple’s Podcast app, including the flagship Alex Jones Show. Five of those, and their entire libraries, were removed on Sunday night. “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed. “Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a Continue reading "Facebook, Apple, Spotify Crack Down on Alex Jones and Infowars"

The Washington Post wants to figure out the best places to put ads in your favorite podcasts

So I can’t say that I like this. To begin with, the podcast CMS market is fairly crowded already (see: Libsyn, Art19, Megaphone, Simplecast, PRX’s Dovetail, Spreaker, CastPlus, so on and so forth), and many of those solutions already allow for dynamic ad insertion. Furthermore, I generally have reservations about programmatic ads in podcasting (see here for more on that), and my concerns are doubled should the push come from a company that, up until this point, has primarily operated in a display-ad–first digital world. Eh, maybe I’m not being generous enough here. In any case, there is one potential positive thing that I’m curious: I wonder how this technology will fit into the Post audio team’s various dabblings with smart-speaker programming. Meanwhile, elsewhere. I filed two interviews for Vulture last week, one pegged to a beginning and the other pegged to an end. (1) The first looks at Continue reading "The Washington Post wants to figure out the best places to put ads in your favorite podcasts"