Apple’s Bigger Problem

Commentary About The Cult Known as Apple by Mitch Santell

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iMac G3 (The Original).

The most common question that I get as a radio producer is: What gear do you use?

Answer: Apple is my #1 go to product for producing media.

The part I don’t say: I use a 2014 MacBook Air and a 2013 iMac because I know they still work.

My iMac needed a new SSD hard drive, which was about 330.00 dollars, and my MacBook Air needed a new battery.

The reason I have stayed with Apple is that I love the Mac software and how it integrates with my iPhone 7.

A special Hat Tip to Executive Producer Ricky Ray who found the following:

Jony Ive Is Making People Uneasy

Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple’s most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple’s direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive. 

Apple Power Brokers

The two most powerful people at Apple are Tim Cook and Jony Ive. While Cook is tasked with making sure the Apple machine is being run by the best team possible, Jony’s role is much more abstract. Cook aims to foster collaboration at the top of Apple’s functional organizational structure. If something goes wrong, much of the criticism is quickly pointed at either Cook or one of his top lieutenants. (Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue seem to take the brunt of the criticism.) Cook has also taken on the more traditional CEO role of representing Apple in the outside world

However, the one area Cook does not have complete control over is product strategy. That distinction belongs to Jony. It may seem hyperbolic to consider Jony the most powerful person at Apple. He no longer spends much time managing anyone on a day-to-day basis. He doesn’t speak on Apple’s earnings conference calls. Wall Street knows very little about him, and neither does Silicon Valley. In fact, following his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, Jony doesn’t even spend as much time at Apple HQ these days. Yet Jony has such a significant influence over Apple’s product strategy, it is safe to say we are firmly within the Jony Ive era at Apple. 

Design Led

Jony holds an incredible amount of power because Apple is a design-led company. Apple’s functional organizational structure and culture are set up in order to give the Industrial Design (ID) group absolute power. ID holds more power at Apple than any other group. 

This structure was put in place more than 15 years ago with the iMac being the first product to take advantage of this new culture. Up to the late 1990s, engineers held the most power at Apple. Designers were merely tasked with skinning Apple products created by engineers. With the iMac, ID was afforded the freedom to move ideas from conception to reality without compromise. While Steve Jobs was the primary architect of this new power structure, the relationship he had with Jony undoubtedly played a role.

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Microsoft Edge For Mac

Commentary On A Safe Addiction by Mitch Santell

One of my biggest safe addictions is my constant comparing of different web browsers. This post is being written on a basic iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD drive. Yes, I am using t, e latest version of Mojave and it is excellent. Since I started on the Mac, I have always been a power user. There will come a time sooner rather than later where I’ll get a top end Mac with 128GB of RAM on it one of these days! Okay, enough rambling for one paragraph, let’s get on to my thoughts on Microsoft Edge.

This post is being written directly on Microsoft Edge using WordPress off their website along with the Grammarly Extension as I use their “pro version” to keep my writing crisp.

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The Browsers currently on my iMac are: 

Safari – https://www.apple.com/safari/

Brave – https://brave.com/mie728

Vivendi – https://vivaldi.com/download/

Opera – https://www.opera.com/computer

Opera Beta – https://www.opera.com/computer/beta


One person wrote:

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it officially released a test version of Microsoft Edge for the Mac. It’s a remarkably, surprisingly solid app even in this pre-launch edition. Even that we already know that its missing a couple of key features, still you can get a feel for whether Microsoft Edge is worth replacing Safari as your main browser.

A key reason that this early version is so robust, though, is the same reason that Microsoft has made this move at all. The company didn’t set out to make a Mac browser, it set out to convert its existing PC Edge into using Google’s Chromium system. That gets it a solid base that happens to also give it a Mac version.

And it’s what makes the Mac version of Microsoft Edge look very like the Mac version of Chrome. If you were thinking of moving from Safari and didn’t want to risk a pre-beta developer version of Microsoft Edge, you could download Chrome and you would get pretty much the same feel.

Safari is also less CPU intensive than either the currently-shipping Chrome or this developer Edge.

We all tend to describe our preferred browser, whichever one it is, as feeling light and responsive and fast compared to the others. The key word there, though, is feeling. If you were checking out Activity Monitor while running these browsers or if you are on a MacBook with little space, you’d unquestionably say that Safari was the lightest.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2WzYF8F

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Unlike Steve Jobs, who was a winner, Tim Cook admits to being a loser.

The very first website that I always go to is: https://drudgereport.com/

Compared to Safari, Microsoft Edge is substantially faster, so it is evident that the writer above may only have access to top end Mac “pro” laptops or desktops unlike us regular folk. This Beta Browser is stable and has not crashed once since I installed it. Let me know what your favorite browser or browsers are. Only YOU will know which browser works best for you.

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[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

Blogging can be your single biggest tool of connection with your followers. Check out this phenomenal blog post!

The Art of Blogging

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”  —  C.S. Lewis

When asked how he writes so fast, Stephen King answered, “One word at a time.”

This is the kind of answer that no one believes in. And the fact that there’s an abundance of related cliches doesn’t help either.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or something like that. The Great Wall of China was built by laying one brick after another.

It is not the mountains to conquer that make you give up, but rather the pebble in your shoe.

All cliches. Terrible, terrible cliches that we can’t help but fear and loathe at the same time.

Want to know why?

Because they are so damn true.

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Vinyl Records Growing In Sales Again

Commentary On The Legacy of Vinyl by Mitch Santell

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There is nothing that is more fun than playing a vinyl album. Everything from the paper the album cover is printed on, to the liner notes to the smell of the Vinyl itself, there is nothing quite like it.

Yes, I still have my original record collection from when I was a kid but my greatest treasures are because of my Dad (RIP), who kept bringing me picture disks from the late 1970s that are worth a lot today.

According to Billboard Magazine:

Vinyl album sales in the U.S. hit their 13th consecutive year of growth, with ‘Guardians’ being the top-selling LP and “Yellow Submarine” the biggest vinyl single.

Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent) — marking the 13th consecutive year of growth for the format. 16.8 million is also a new yearly high for vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

Comparatively, overall album sales (vinyl LP, CD, digital, cassette, etc.) in 2018 fell 17.7 percent to 141 million.

Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales.

Overall in 2018, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl — up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016.

TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
Rank Artist, Title Sales
1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 84,000
2 Michael Jackson, Thriller 84,000
3 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 77,000
4 The Beatles, Abbey Road 76,000
5 Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain(Soundtrack) 71,000
6 Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon 67,000
7 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 61,000
8 Queen, Greatest Hits 60,000
9 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 59,000
10 Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked 59,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

RECORD WEEK FOR VINYL ALBUM SALES: 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, the largest week for the format since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. That sum actually beats out a record that was only set a week earlier, when 880,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the frame ending Dec. 20. (Before 2018, the largest week was registered in the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, with 811,000 vinyl albums sold.)

ROCK AROUND THE VINYL CLOCK: Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.

More here: https://bit.ly/2HiAGo2

Positive Aspects Of Social Media

Commentary by Mitch Santell

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Regardless of how much I have complained about Social Media here at After Hollywood.Online throughout 2018, I can say that I am like-minded with these social media rules for CEO’s so check this out.

8 Rules for Corporate Communicators

  1. Social media is a haiku.If you have a complicated point to make, don’t post on Instagram, write an essay like they do at Google.
  2. “La compagnie n’est pas toi” (to paraphrase Louis IV). The company is not you, unless your name is on the front of the building.
  3. If you blow up, don’t double down: When wrong, admit it and move on.
  4. If you’re not a politician, stay away from politics. I served on a board that had a former Mayor on it, and we let him do all the politicking. He was a pro, we were amateurs.
  5. Don’t hit “send.” It is the most dangerous button after the nuclear button on President Trump’s desk.
  6. Unless you are North Korean, you are a capitalist. Don’t act like your main objective in life is saving humanity if you make money renting spare rooms to tenants.
  7. Virtue doesn’t look good in Pradas. Unless you are a celebrity, social justice ranting is going to look strange coming from you.
  8. Shut up: No one ever complained about a post you didn’t write.

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7 Ways To Blog Like A Pro In 2019

Here we are near the end of 2018 and I simply cannot believe how fast this year went. Over the past few days I have been in dialogue and open discussions with my team about 2019. As I always say, “A Dream Is A Goal With A Deadline.”

This morning I saw this post from one my favorite bloggers. What was the topic? How to make your blog the best it can be in 2019.

May 2019, be your best year yet!

Renard's World

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If you are concerned about the affairs of blogging in 2019, you are not alone.

Yes, believe it or not, a lot of bloggers are concerned about the same thing too.

In reality, blogging is always evolving and it is quite normal for bloggers to be deeply concerned about the affairs of their blog.

Bloggers are usually concerned about the following things:

  • SEO changes.
  • Gaining new readers.
  • Keeping their existing readers.
  • Losing readers.
  • Coming up with new blogging strategies.
  • Coming up with new methods of improving their blog.

Hey, bloggers are always brainstorming (And, that is a good thing because it keeps them on their toes).

Now, while brainstorming is a good thing, excessive worrying is counterproductive.

Dear friend, I want you to know that it is possible for you to continue your successful blogging journey in 2019 and I am going to spill the proverbial beans (I am going…

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Pluto.tv ~ Another Alternative

Comments about Content is King by Mitch Santell

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Another Option For Your Streaming Needs

Today I learned about Pluto.tv

(A special hat tip to Sir Danny, a dear friend of mine that I have known for years and is very internet savvy). 

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Pluto.tv ~ a nice alternative to Netflix.

The more I looked into online streaming services, the more I found. Need to know more? Here is a recent story that tells it all:

No money in the budget for a Netflix subscription? Or Amazon Prime? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can still enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood’s latest, but you can still enjoy gems such as Lady Bird, the first four Rocky movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel and plenty of classics, all without spending an extra penny.

Here are nine services offering totally free — and totally legal — movies you can watch online. Just be prepared to sit through commercials, because that’s how many of these services stay in business. (One quick note: Selections change regularly, so not all the titles listed here may still be available.)

Read the rest here: https://cnet.co/2QmsGpj

It is so nice to enjoy streaming Tell-Lie-Vision whenever you want. 

Yes, I said yes!

 

Ricky Ray, My Executive Producer

A Simple Introduction To My Executive Producer Ricky Ray

In December, I will be making some interesting changes to AfterAmerica.Online and one of them is that I will be adding a podcast to this blog and won’t do it until after Mercury Is Out of Retrograde.

Here is a segment of an interview that I successfully produced while the Producer of The Vinny Eastwood Show which I was directly involved with from June of 2010 until October of 2012.



This clip is not for the faint of heart and if you are not like minded with what Mr. Ray is saying I would strongly suggest that you not follow me any more.

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There Is More To Jack The Ripper Than Meets The Eye.

House of Cards Review, Season 6

A simple review and commentary by Mitch Santell

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Kevin Spacey was the foundation of House of Cards.

First the commentary…

On March of 2013 I returned to America after living for over 5+ years in New Zealand. One of the things that I had not experienced upon returning to the mainland was Netflix.

When Netflix was started it was not a streaming service, it provided movies by mail. Where could you find Netflix at? Answer: Blockbuster video stores. 

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Sorry Folks, the show sucks without Mr. Kevin Spacey.

Now for the review…

There was something that was very different about House of Cards and the drivers of the show were Frank Underwood, Claire Underwood and Doug Stamper.

Each season was better than the previous one.
Each episode felt like the finale.
Each character reminded you of someone you met in politics.
Kevin Spacey played an “Alpha Male” just like President Trump.


Claire Underwood on House of Cards is a brilliant character. It is simply that Claire Understood is way too much like Hillary Clinton for my taste.

SPOILERALERT
The final episode of season 6 is like watching any episode from Season 1-5.

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2018, The Year Of The Podcast

Comments On The Podcast Universe by Mitch Santell

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Podcasting, In The Air Every Where!

Podcasting has become a real force on thousands of websites. Like most producer’s, I was always an early adapter. I wanted to see how I could use podcasting as a marketing and branding tool back in 2005, so I launched a podcast called “What’s Out Next!”

I’ve placed a sample of the show here, and beneath the show, I’ve put some articles and resources to help you along your podcasting path.


Here is a list of podcast platforms with links:

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To show you how much Podcasting has grown, check out this article with the link:

When Serial hit the digital airwaves in October 2014, the podcast world was taken by a storm. Suddenly, people who had previously been oblivious to the niche world of on-demand audio content were frantically awaiting the next installment of the weekly show that delved into the minutia of an 15-year-old crime.

Amidst a flurry of media coverage and word-of-mouth publicity, Serial grew bigger and bigger, reaching 230 million downloads across two seasons. In the intervening two-and-a-half years, interest in podcasts has continued to soar, with big media organisations such as Buzzfeedand The New York Timesinvesting heavily in the medium, while independent producers found themselves with more success than they could have dreamed of just a few years previously.

As a result, more and more people are turning to podcasts for everything from politics to comedy, while bloggers, authors and YouTubers are leveraging audio content as a way to expand their audience. But where technology and media trends may have evolved simultaneously in the past, the tools available to both podcasters and podcast listeners remain surprisingly stagnant, unable or unwilling to provide the resources necessary to sustain the growth of the medium.

Shifting perceptions

Across the UK we listen to an average of 26 hours of audio per week, but despite the move towards on-demand digital content in almost every other industry, three-quarters of our listening time is still traditional radio. Adam Martin is the chief content officer at Acast, a podcasting platform that launched in April 2014 and has quickly become one of the most popular apps for podcast listeners, particularly those on Android devices. Part of his role is to shift perceptions of podcasting away from the idea of the geeky white middle-aged man podcasting from their garage, but he finds the historic lack of streamlined technology is a barrier.

“Once you hook people on to podcasts, that’s it. I don’t know anyone who’s stopped listening to podcasts after they start, but the tech needs to be accessible,” said Martin. “Instead of expecting people to download apps and look things up, we want to go to where people already are. We use Facebook Instant Articles integration and a Twitter player to show people snippets of audio they’ll find interesting. We don’t want to corrall them into a walled garden and force them to listen through our app; we want to be a part of the social media channels they already frequent and serve up content to them there. You have to break down the barriers to access podcasts, remove the friction and go to where the people already are.”

Read the rest here: http://www.alphr.com/life-culture/1005884/podcasts-are-more-popular-than-ever-so-why-is-the-tech-stuck-in-the-past

If you would like one more piece of podcasting motivation, check out this article about the show This American Life: https://lifehacker.com/im-ira-glass-host-of-this-american-life-and-this-is-h-1609562031