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How to create a second iTunes library for Apple Music and iCloud Music | iMore
Want to use iCloud Music Library with iTunes Match or Apple Music but have too many songs? Here's how to create a sub-library to use with the service.
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22 days ago by dk33per
Join Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC - Apple Support
Join Apple Music, choose artists that you like, and start enjoying the greatest collection of music on the planet on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.
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22 days ago by dk33per
Dell considers return to stock market • FT
Richard Waters and James Fontanella-Khan:
<p>Michael Dell is considering a return to the stock market, a little over four years after he took his PC company private in a highly contentious $25bn buyout, followed by the $67bn purchase of storage company EMC in the tech industry’s biggest deal.

The company’s board is set to consider the idea of an initial public offering for Dell Technologies, now one of the world’s largest IT companies, along with other potential transactions, according to two people familiar with the company’s deliberations.

According to one of the people, if Dell opts to go public it is likely to pursue a direct listing or a full merger with VMware, the publicly traded data centre technology company that it already controls.

News of the deliberations pushed shares of VMware up by nearly 9% on Friday, lifting its value to $60bn. However, a separate class of “tracking” shares that Dell issued and which are theoretically tied to VMware’s performance slumped by nearly 5%.

The divergence in price appeared to reflect a belief that even if Dell bought out VMware’s ordinary shares, the tracker would continue to trade — and that Dell might even issue more of those shares to help pay for the deal.</p>

Basically, needs some money to help pay down the debt. Michael Dell probably doesn't want to come back to the market except for that requirement.
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23 days ago by charlesarthur
Five obvious questions about Apple’s HomePod speaker - The Verge
Dieter Bohn wonders if HomePod is like iPod, which was initially dismissed for not being or looking like existing devices in that specific space:
<p>I’m not eager put myself out on a limb and say that the HomePod is or is not going to replicate the iPod’s success. But I can’t stop from feeling like the smart speaker market is further along in its evolution now than the MP3 player market was when the iPod was announced. I also can’t stop thinking that consumers are smarter and more demanding about gadgets now than they were then.

Here is a simple list of the things that are troubling about the HomePod vis-à-vis its competition, Alexa and Google Assistant speakers:

• <strong>Price.</strong> The HomePod is $349. You can buy into either the Alexa or Google ecosystem for 50 bucks (often for way less).<br />• <strong>Diversity of products.</strong> There is one HomePod, and it costs 350 bucks. There are dozens of different speakers that support Alexa; Amazon itself offers at least four current models. There are soon to be dozens of Google Assistant speakers; Google itself offers three models. Both of those ecosystems will have speakers with full displays (if that’s what you want).<br />• <strong>Software compatibility.</strong> Alexa and Google have a significant lead with their intelligent assistants compared to Siri. That’s a strange circumstance, given that Apple was first to market with Siri and sells millions of devices with Siri on them. But both Amazon and Google have been building out compatible voice-only capabilities with third parties to work with their speakers, while Apple has taken a slower, more deliberate approach. Apple’s description of Siri on the HomePod is a “musicologist” and only mentions its broader capabilities as a side note.<br />• <strong>Software compatibility, part 2.</strong> The HomePod only works with Apple Music. Alexa and Google not only work with Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn (and more!), but they’ll even let you set a competing music service as the default playback option. Also, Apple Music has no free option: to make a HomePod work, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription fee.<br />• <strong>Features incomplete.</strong> The HomePod is launching without key features for a home speaker. AirPlay 2 is apparently necessary for multiroom audio and even stereo pairing of two speakers, and it won’t be on the HomePod at launch. It’s “coming this year in a free software update.” (Also can we take another moment to ask what the heck is up with AirPlay 2? It still feels very mysterious.) Meanwhile, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Sonos are all offering these features.</p>

All good points; I think that the "price" question will be answered by the audio quality. For diversity, it's easy to build down from the top of the market; harder to build upwards. The software compatibility and features remain to be seen. I think that - like the Apple Watch - it will be a deep hit, beloved by those who really like it. It's not the next iPhone, but then what is?
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26 days ago by charlesarthur
'Baby Driver' is an ode to iPod nostalgia
It took a while to get going, but it's safe to say we're living in a golden age of digital music. Terrible compression is a thing of the past, and the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music give us instant access to almost anything we want to hear. But while we've gained so much, there's also a sense that we've lost something. Sharing a playlist isn't the same as burning a CD for your sweetheart or, going even further back, manually dubbing a mixtape. As our music has become less physical, so has our attachment to it. That's something that struck me while watching Baby Driver, director Edgar Wright's new mashup of car chases, heist films and excellent tunes. Its lead character, Baby (Ansel Elgort), is perpetually connected to a pair of headphones, experiencing life as if it's a never-ending music video. But his earbuds aren't attached to a smartphone; they're plugged into one of his many iPods. He has a box full of them, each with their own colors and ornamentations. Basically, a different iPod for every mood.
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5 weeks ago by dk33per
Dropbox files confidentially for US IPO • Bloomberg
Alex Barinka:
<p>Dropbox Inc., the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the potential listing, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the filing wasn’t public. Dropbox is talking to other banks this month to fill additional roles on the IPO, the people said. The company is aiming to list in the first half of this year, one of the people said.

Representatives for Dropbox, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan declined to comment.

A share sale by San Francisco-based Dropbox, one of a closely watched group of high-profile private tech companies with multibillion-dollar valuations, would follow Snap Inc.’s disappointing step into the public markets. How the stock fares post-listing will be an ongoing focus for both Wall Street and the tech community. Snap shares are down 15 percent from its IPO last March.</p>

What do we expect from this? Higher prices, less free storage, more insistent upsells?
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5 weeks ago by charlesarthur

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