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If you use Tinder and all that swiping left or right is just too much effort, help is on the way. Digital agency T3 used the Apple Watch SDK to automatically detect which photos you find hot by measuring heart-rate changes.

If your heart-rate increases when looking at a photo, the app marks it as a match; if it decreases, it dismisses the photo.

We tend to agree with TNW that the company may want to come up with an alternative name before Hands-free Tinder makes its way to the App Store “soon” …


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<h3>iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB <strong><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...iphone-6-plus/"rel="bookmark">$359</a>,</strong> iPhone 6/Plus <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/07/06/ipad-air-2-iphone-6-plus/" rel="bookmark"><strong>w/ free $150 GC</strong> on installment</a> or <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/07/06/ipad-air-2-iphone-6-plus/" rel="bookmark"><strong>$70 off</strong> w/ 2-yr contract</a></h3>
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<h3 class="has-label"><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ssion-release/"rel="bookmark"><strong>GoPro’s new HERO4 Session</strong> waterproof action camera</a> is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price</h3>
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<li>Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Turntable: <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...p120-usb/">$210shipped (Orig. $300)</a></li>
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<h3>Apple is giving away <strong>free downloads</strong> of <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-ios-free/">iOScooking app Green Kitchen</a> ($5 value)</h3>
<h3>App Store Free App of the Week: <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...r-walk-2/">StarWalk 2 goes <strong>free</strong></a> for the first time ($3 value)</h3>
<h3><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...n-game/">BloonsTower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad <strong>goes free</strong></a> (Reg. $3/$5)</h3>
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<li>Mega Man series creator takes another <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-legends/">bluebomber inspired game to Kickstarter</a></li>
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Be honest. When you got your first flip phone, you flicked your wrist to open it and said “Kirk to Enterprise” or “Beam me up, Scotty!” It was fun to pretend, but the true Star Trek fan has been clamoring<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...unicator/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194362786/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47e9b3d5/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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Future iPhones could be unlocked with a selfie

Today, 10:25 AM

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Apple may have banned selfie sticks at WWDC, but the company was today granted a patent revealing how future iPhones could be unlocked by snapping a quick photo of yourself. Entitled “Low threshold face recognition,” the patent describes a means of “reducing

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Fitness app data shows which states are more unhealthy th...

Today, 12:08 AM

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Smug Californians now have proof they’re better than you. A couple of the most popular fitness apps in the App Store have pooled their data to figure out which U.S. states have the best (and worst) health habits. They examined<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...an-yours/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194338338/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e398fd/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47e398fd/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 p...

Today, 03:22 PM

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Showtime today confirmed that its self-titled standalone streaming service will be released today for the Apple TV, allowing viewers to pay for Showtime's exclusive series directly without needing a cable subscription (via <a href="http://recode.net/20...code</em></a>).<br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/07/showtime_apple_tv_trial-800x506.jpg" alt="showtime_apple_tv_trial" width="800" height="506" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-456567" /> <br/> First announced just over a month ago, the service will cost those interested $10.99 per month and everyone can sign up for a 30-day free trial to test the experience before subscribing. The service will cost users a few dollars less than HBO NOW's $15 streaming cost, which <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/09/hbo-now-apple-tv/">debuted exclusively</a> on Apple TV earlier in the Spring. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/07/showtime_apple_tv-800x486.jpg" alt="showtime_apple_tv" width="800" height="486" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-456568" /> <br/> Showtime's launch today comes in a bit ahead of the previously-announced July 12 release date for the standalone service, a date that coincided with the network's big summer premieres of <em>Ray Donovan</em> and <em>Masters of Sex</em>. No doubt giving users a few days to prepare before the summer premieres, those interested should be start seeing the Showtime app on the Apple TV shortly.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/ach.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/233194376521/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e99eac/sc/28/a2t2.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/47e99eac/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><div class="feedflare">
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Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable subscripti...

Today, 03:16 PM

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<p>CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial.</p>
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<p>In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that does not require a cable login is also hitting the iOS App Store. The app is not live yet, although it should rollout soon. The same $11/mo charge applies to it, as well. HBO’s standalone service costs $14.99, for comparison’s sake.</p>
<p>Last year, Showtime Anytime <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...l-lineup/">cameto Apple TV but required</a> a cable login to be able to watch any content. The app allowed cable subscribers that pay for packages that include the channel to access on-demand content through the set top box. Showtime <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/03/apple-tv-showtime-yahoo-nfl/">announced its plans</a> for a standalone Apple TV channel earlier this year, saying that it would launch this month. As of right now, Showtime is available exclusively on the Apple TV now, but will come to other set-top boxes, such as Roku and Sony’s Vue service later this week.</p>
<p>The app is rolling out to Apple TV units now and should hit the App Store at some point in the near future.</p>
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Apple Watch Demand Slides Significantly in June as Launch...

Today, 03:14 PM

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Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with <em><a href="http://www.marketwat...Watch</a></em>.Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/07/Apple-Watch-Sales-Slice-Apr-to-Jun-2015-800x450.jpg" alt="Apple Watch Sales Slice Apr to Jun 2015" width="800" height="450" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-456555" /> <br/> The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above indicates that sales dipped to as low as 4000 to 5000 units per day in late June. The data does not account for sales in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom or the twelve other countries where the Apple Watch is sold outside of the United States. <br/> <br/> Slice Intelligence claims that two-thirds of Apple Watches sold to date have been the entry-level Sport model, far outselling the more expensive stainless steel Watch and 18-karat gold Edition models that start at $549 and $10,000 respectively. The research firm also estimates that Apple has sold fewer than 2,000 luxury Apple Watch Edition models in the U.S. through June. <br/> <br/> Slice Intelligence previously estimated <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/12/apple-watch-1-million-preorders-us/">1 million Apple Watch pre-orders</a> at launch, an average <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/22/apple-watch-orders/">30,000 Apple Watch sales per day</a> in late May and an estimated <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/18/apple-watch-sales-sports-band-cost-slice-ihs/">2.8 million total sales</a> as of mid June. The research firm's sales estimates are based on e-receipt data from online shoppers in the United States that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. <br/> <br/> Apple has not publicly disclosed any Apple Watch sales figures since the wrist-worn device launched in April, and will be grouping the device under its "Other Products" category, which combines sales of Apple Watch, iPod, Apple TV, Beats Electronics and accessories, in its quarterly fiscal reports. Apple's Q3 FY 2015 results are scheduled to be <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/29/apple-q3-earnings-july21/">released on July 21</a> at 2:00 PM Pacific.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/ach.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/233194368892/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/47e93108/sc/28/a2t2.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/47e93108/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><div class="feedflare">
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Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of Trustees

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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">I gave my <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...c-diary-day-1/"target="_blank">first impressions</a> of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-music/" target="_blank">Apple Music</a> on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’ll get past that in a moment, but bear with me first for a couple of paragraphs. Because this is, in my view, more than just a missed opportunity: it’s almost criminally negligent. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/itunes/"target="_blank">iTunes</a> knows more about my musical tastes than my girlfriend. More than my neighbours, who have sometimes been more familiar with my musical tastes than they might wish. More than any of my friends – even the one who kindly ripped all my CDs for me on his high-end PC with multiple DVD drives.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Think about that for a moment. iTunes knows every single artist, album and track I own. Not only that, but it knows which ones I have put into what playlists. It even knows the exact number of times I have played every single track! And Apple uses <em>none</em> of that data in guiding its Apple Music suggestions. That really is a huge fail, given what could have been.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Ok. I’m over it. I won’t mention it again, I promise. But seriously, Appl- Ok, sorry. That’s it now. So, let me set that aside, accept that Apple Music needed to learn my tastes from first principles, and talk about how well it’s doing a week in … </span><span id="more-387820"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellad...09&c=855588703"target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1436285509&c=855588703" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’ve done my very best to feed Apple Music more than a typical month’s worth of data in a week’s use by religiously using the feedback options – Love, Add to My Music or Make Available Offline – on every applicable track. I’ve essentially treated Apple Music as a student at summer cramming school.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Unlike a teacher, I haven’t been able to offer it any negative feedback through iTunes – pointing out tracks I hate (not even for the playlist that included a Justin Timberlake track!). This is especially odd given that you <em>can</em> do so from a long-hold in iOS. I’m just hoping that it draws the right conclusion when I skip a track a short way into it. I <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...t-apple-music/"target="_blank">agree with Jordan</a> that the very fact that Apple had to use <em><a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2015/07/02/how-to-properly-use-likes-in-apple-music/" target="_blank">The Loop</a></em> to issue a (partial) explanation about how to provide music feedback shows just how messy and unintuitive it is.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...lists.png"><imgtitle="Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I'm sold" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387840" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/artist-playlists.png?w=704&h=74" alt="artist-playlists" width="704" height="74" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">But clunkiness of the feedback mechanism aside, how well is it doing? The answer is: rather well – and not quite in the way I expected it to.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sure, it continues to recommend albums I already own, and to offer me to ‘introduce’ me to artists I already love, but I’m over that. (Really. Not a word. Honest.)</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">At first, I thought it wasn’t as good as <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/spotify/"target="_blank">Spotify</a> at music suggestions, but I’ve since concluded that – if the primary aim of a streaming music service is discovering new artists – it’s actually much better. And Apple’s much-vaunted human curation is probably responsible.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Spotify has proven very, very good at learning which artists I like. It plays those artists a lot. A lot of a lot. Which is great for putting on a playlist and not having to touch it until complete. But not actually great for music discovery, as it only introduces me to a handful of new artists.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Apple Music, in contrast, has already introduced me to more than a dozen new artists that I really, really like. For someone whose tastes are decidedly non-mainstream, and very far removed from the Beats 1 fare that we have to assume represents Apple’s view of its primary target, that’s an impressive achievement. </span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The price of that has been a fair bit of skipping of artists I don’t like, but that’s the flipside of playing safe. If you don’t yet share my views of its ability to find great new artists, I highly recommend doing what I did and intensively schooling it, offering positive feedback on every single track you like.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...radio.png"><imgtitle="Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I'm sold" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387843" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/radio.png?w=704&h=129" alt="radio" width="704" height="129" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The UK didn’t get <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/itunes-radio/"target="_blank">iTunes Radio</a> prior to the launch of Apple Music, so the whole Apple radio experience was new to me. For that reason, I can’t compare the pre- and post- Apple Music experience. But I can say that Apple appears to view <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/beats-1/" target="_blank">Beats 1</a> as the main focus, a handful of other radio stations as worthy of their own icons and the rest – judging from visual appearances – it seemed to view as less than important.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...ughts.png"><imgtitle="Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I'm sold" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387850" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/feel-like-after-thoughts.png?w=704&h=323" alt="feel-like-after-thoughts" width="704" height="323" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sadly, this visual impression was reinforced by the quality of the stations I tried. Singer-songwriter is my favorite music genre. It’s not a mainstream taste, so I was delighted to see that Apple has a music station for it. But was left very far from delighted when I listened to it.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’m honestly not convinced that whoever curates the station even knows the genre, let alone likes it. I love singer-songwriter music because it’s about raw, honest exploration – but the selection here is mostly just bland.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The rather vaguely-named Alternative station was more successful. It made for good background listening – though I rarely wanted to add anything to My Music. Which was just as well as, on days 3 and 4, continuing glitches meant I couldn’t do so:</span></p>
<p class="p1"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...blank.png"><imgtitle="Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I'm sold" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387851" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/apple-music-blank.png?w=704&h=346" alt="apple-music-blank" width="704" height="346" /></a></p>
<p class="p1">As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/siri/"target="_blank">Siri</a>, and this was my primary means of interacting with the Music app on my iPhone. Mostly what I did was ask it to play more of artists I’d discovered through Apple Music on my Mac.</p>
<p class="p1"><a href="https://9to5mac.file.../siri.png"><imgtitle="Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I'm sold" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387852" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/siri.png?w=704&h=151" alt="siri" width="704" height="151" /></a></p>
<p class="p1">I did optimistically try asking Siri to play tracks I’d recently added to Apple Music, but it denied all knowledge. Again, this strikes me as an opportunity to make it feel like a more joined-up service.</p>
<p class="p1">Back to iTunes on the Mac, I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with the app. I actually really like it as a music player, but think it’s a horrendous, bloated mess as a device management tool. For those of us fortunate enough to live in countries with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/itunes-match/"target="_blank">iTunes Match</a> and enough bandwidth to rely on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/icloud-backup/" target="_blank">iCloud backup</a>, we don’t often have to do battle with the device management side of it, but every time I do, I find myself astonished that a company normally so good at user interfaces could produce anything this bad.</p>
<p class="p1"><em><a href="http://www.engadget....=rss_truncated"target="_blank">Variety</a></em> recently suggested that it was time for Apple to adopt the same approach for OS X as it does for iOS, with separate apps for things like videos and podcasts. I absolutely agree with that. Let’s have iTunes be a music player and manager. With the added complexity introduced with Apple Music, that gives it quite enough to do. Let’s give podcasts, videos, app management and device backup their own apps.</p>
<p class="p1"><strong>Conclusions</strong></p>
<p class="p1">We’ll see in three months’ time, when I need to decide whether or not to fork over cold, hard cash, but right now I think I’m going to. I’ve cancelled my Spotify subscription, and (radio stations aside) am currently using Apple Music as my sole music streaming service.</p>
<p class="p1">Apple Music has introduced me to artists I really like whose existence might otherwise have passed me by. It has broadened my music world, and that’s something I’ve appreciated very much in this week. If it continues to do so throughout the trial, I’ll be a very happy customer.</p>
<p class="p1"><em>For more of our views on Apple Music, check out Chance Miller’s <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ios-music-app/"target="_blank">hands-on</a> and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/06/review-apple-music-offers-great-discovery-radio-features-but-has-room-for-improvement/" target="_blank">detailed review</a>, Dom Esposito’s <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/30/apple-music-hands-on-video/" target="_blank">hands-on video</a>, Jordan Kahn’s piece <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/02/apple-music-launch-issues/" target="_blank">focused on the issues</a>, and Jeremy Horwitz’s <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/opinion-apple-software-design-opportunity/" target="_blank">opinion of the UI</a>.</em></p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-music/'>Apple Music</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/'>Reviews</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-inc/'>Apple Inc</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-music/'>Apple Music</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-music-diary/'>Apple Music diary</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-music-review/'>Apple Music review</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/itunes/'>iTunes</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/music/'>Music</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/spotify/'>Spotify</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387820/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387820&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Visit <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> to find more special coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/itunes/">iTunes</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/">Reviews</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/07/apple-music-diary-review-one-week/#comments">Discuss "Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed opportunity, but I think I’m&nbsp;sold" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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