iTunes: Just the Tunes

iTunes has been bloated for years — this is no secret.

Many have called for it to be stripped back and simplified, with certain features (such as managing your iPhone) moved out to their own dedicated applications.

The recent launch of Apple Music has ignited discussion once more for iTunes to find some clarity. As such, concepts of just what a simplified iTunes would like have started to pop up. Andrew Ambrosino took a stab at mocking up what a ‘just music’ iTunes would look like.

I like it.

Concept: Apple Music, hold the iTunes

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Being average

Once you accept the premise that a life is only worthwhile if it is truly notable and great, then you basically accept the fact that most of the human population sucks and is worthless.

Interesting read from author Mark Manson on what it means to be ‘average’.

In Defense of Being Average

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Instagram

Pretty pictures!

I’ve been using Instagram for a few years now, and never thought to share here on my blog that I was using the service.

I was a little apprehensive when Facebook announced they would be buying the photo-sharing app, but ever since the 2012 acquisition the app has largely remained unchanged, with any alterations only positive. Yes, ads are coming, but that’s a required component of a free service.

If I’m not taking pictures of my cats then you’ll no doubt find snaps from my travels. My handle, like my Twitter, is @chrisbrandrick.

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Jeff Garlin has a new podcast by the way.

Jeff Garlin has a new podcast, and if you are a fan of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm then you’ll definitely enjoy the first episode. His guest is Larry David.

You can listen to the show, By The Way, here.

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Apple Nails The Execution

The Verge reviews the new 2012 iMac and Mac Mini, noting that the hybrid SSD/HDD Fusion Drive is a “very good idea” adding that although “Apple didn’t invent the idea”, “it nails the execution” – something which is safe to say about a lot of Apple’s work.

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Blocked by Amazon

Smooth.

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8 Surface Windows RT Microsoft What?

Yup, seems like confusion about Windows 8 and the Surface is rife, even for Microsoft Store employees.

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L.A. Noire delivers genuine nostalgia

Late-sixities former L.A. resident revisits the city he grew up in, virtually:

“a refreshingly thoughtful-almost intellectual-scenario that I would not have expected in something called a game”.

Good read from Eurogamer.

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Does the Red Bull Stratos jump matter? Yup.

“there’s something refreshing about the idea that millions of people spent at least a few minutes marveling at the old-fashioned exploits of a brave man in a spacesuit”

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Finding your voice and tone

A great little site highlighting how important it is to get your web copy just right.

Lots of clear well put forward common sense advice.

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