Official Trailer for Steve Jobs

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Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

It’s a beautifully cut trailer. And I appreciate that they aren’t trying to tell his whole life story – focusing instead on his fall from and eventual return to Apple.

U2 on Song Exploder

U2 is this week’s guest on a podcast called Song Exploder that takes a song and breaks it down with the artist(s) who wrote it, getting them to talk through what inspired them and how it was all put together.

The Edge talks about how he uses Garageband as a sketchpad along with loops put together by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. to mess around with ideas – and eventually putting them together with a different set of lyrics by Bono than what they had originally recorded.

From what I’ve read and seen over the years, it’s a fairly common process for how a U2 song is put together – pieces are moved from one idea to another, lyrics are rewritten, solos redone. I don’t think U2 gets enough credit for the care and attention to detail that they put into songs and the subsequent tour. As I discussed with Matt McGee on Daily(ish) #105, they don’t just put together a greatest hits song list for their tour – each song is put in it’s place with lots of thought.

Listen to U2 on Song Exploder

Apple Music FAQ

A helpful list of FAQ 1 about Apple Music – the streaming music service that Apple is launching June 30th, 2015.

As an iTunes Match subscriber, I wasn’t sure how Apple Music would work alongside/in place of iTunes Match:

Why would you choose iTunes Match rather than just subscribe to Apple Music? Math, my friends: iTunes Match is just $24.99/year, while an Apple Music subscription runs you $119.98/year. If streaming all of Apple’s music collection doesn’t appeal to you, but having on-the-go access to your full music library does, iTunes Match appears to be a good alternate option.

  1. That’s frequently asked questions for you muggles out there.

Taylor Swift vs Apple

When Apple announced Apple Music, they planned to offer a free 3-month trial to anyone who signed up. What wasn’t clear is who would be paying for the music during those 3 months.

Turns out 1 that Apple thought musicians, writers and artists would go along with Apple and forgo revenue for three months – the “we’re all in this together” mentality. Which I don’t completely disagree with. Apple’s coming up with a way to hopefully sell more music, why shouldn’t artists share a bit of the risk for potentially more income down the road?

But I also believe that a multi-billion dollar company like Apple can afford to pay artists – especially when keynote after keynote the corporation stresses how much “music is in Apple’s DNA”.

Over the weekend, Taylor Swift 2 wrote a letter to Apple, titled To Apple, Love Taylor:

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.


But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

The letter was published Sunday morning. By Sunday evening, Apple had responded:

I still maintain Apple should have just done this from the beginning. I have no idea what 3 months of streaming all the music in the world would cost but I’m sure it’s less than a billion dollars. Of which Apple has more than 100 of those billions, reportedly.

Marketing 101

Regardless – the smartest thing Apple did here is respond before Monday morning. The first thing people could have read Monday morning might have went something like:

Taylor Swift fights for artists right to get paid against the greedy corporate Apple overlords.

While that will still be part of the story, the net result is a positive story for Apple Music. Apple does good by artists and unlike other streaming services, will pay artists for the free tier.

Apple Music is talked about for another news cycle in a more positive light. Pretty cheap marketing for Apple.

  1. “Turns out” is always to be read in Merlin Mann’s voice on this blog.

  2. Here’s a link to her music on iTunes in case you’re not familiar with her work.

iCloud Photo Library Has Not Updated In… Days

Spoiler warning: I don’t have a fix for this yet. So if you’re coming here from Google hoping that I have the answer to your problems, I don’t. I’m merely documenting it here so that someone who does have the answer might stumble across it and leave a comment with the solution. If a hero does arrive, I’ll remove this. Leaving a comment below should allow you to be notified of future updates. This also isn’t a post about the beta of iCloud Photo Library. This is on iOS 8.3.

Update 2015-06-30: I upgraded to iOS 8.4 today and am still seeing the same issue. Now up to 363 Items to Upload.

I’ve gotten the “iCloud Photo Library Has Not Updated in x Days – Connect to WiFi to update.” error for, as of this post, 21 days. And of those 21 days, I’ve been on WiFi pretty much non-stop.

iCloud Photo Library Has Not Updated in 21 Days - Connect to WiFi to update.

That this official error message doesn’t show up in Apple support anywhere 1 likely means very few users are experiencing it – or that they’re not vocal enough to Apple about the error.

Things that could be going on:

  • A very large video file that’s trying to upload but keeps stalling out when I leave WiFi areas. (Unlikely since I’m usually home on WiFi for at least 12+ hour stretches.)
  • A corrupt image file that’s unable to pass whatever error checking Apple has to make sure photos are uploaded properly. (Could be but there’s no status/error message to show otherwise.)
  • Apple has blocked my iPhoto Library from updating. 2 (iPhoto Library on my iMac and MacBook Air are in sync and I’m able to add photos that way.)

Or any number of other things could be happening but there’s no way to know because “It Just Works™” so why bother exposing more detailed information to a user for troubleshooting, right?

Things I’ve Tried

  • Turning off and turning iCloud Photos. It seemed to work and photos started uploading again. But eventually I got back to this same spot. 3
  • Restarting my iPhone. Yes. Thanks to iOS 8.3’s penchant for rebooting during app updates I’ve restarted my iPhone many times.
  • Random WiFi issues. My router’s been restarted. I’ve been on other WiFi networks for long enough to start an iCloud update I’d think.

So for now I’m stuck seeing that wonderful overlay once a day reminding me to get on WiFi and the constant status update at the bottom of my iPhoto library reminding me how many photos aren’t actually backed up to iCloud. 4

104 Items to Upload...846 items to download

  1. At least in my Googling it doesn’t. I’d love to be proven wrong here.

  2. Grasping at straws here. Maybe Tim Cook doesn’t like my kids?

  3. Warning: If you’ve started uploading to Flickr via their great iOS app while trying to sync your iCloud Photo Library, this creates a bunch of duplicate photos in that library. So now I have 36,539 photos to upload to Flickr before they’re in sync. Hashtag duplicate photo hell.

  4. 104 items to upload as of this post.