My current Apple TV is getting long in the tooth. Once it use to be one of my most reliable piecer to tech, now it seems to be finding it hard to keep up with the latest versions of applications and tvOS. So I have a few options– the best two being an Apple TV 4K, or the latest version of the Mac-mini. Even though the AppleTV 4K would be a nice upgrade and cheaper, the Mac-mini is a bonafide desktop machine with a lot of power. How I would need that for the TV, I don’t know. But I’m doing a little more research. I definitely need something.
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For making beats, I’m totally laptop based. No other equipment needed. I do everything within the confines of Apple Logic Pro X. But I’ve always thought maybe a small controller with e mini keyboard and some sample pads would be great. Since I do a lot of beats in my work commute, I need things are are compact and easy to use. The AKAI Mini MKII seems to fit the bill. It’s very small, UBS-powered and should integrate easily with beat-making.
I’ve has some version of an iPad since they first dropped in 2010. I currently own a 2nd Generation iPad (with a smashed screen) and a 1st generation iPad mini (which is so slow it’s barely usable). I was waiting for a major upgrade to the hardware and this year it finally came. After a couple years of the iPhone going ‘all-screen’, the new iPad Pro has all done an edged screen to give you more service room. Add in processing power that rivals current computers and you have one hell of a device. Even though money is tight, it might be time to pull the trigger and find a way to get one.
Cloud gaming has been an unrealized for a decade. And even though this Show cloud gaming service seems too good to be true, a lot of the real world reviews suggest this is the real deal. $35 gets you a fully functional Windows gaming PC in the cloud. You get full Windows 10 so you can download steam and play games on your desktop/laptop (Windows AND Mac), and your mobile tablet and phone. The subscription price seems pretty steep, but I’m really considering trying this out!
I’ve been trying to get my mobile beat game up for years. Being able to compose complete works with nothing but my MacBook Pro has been very freeing. Now I need that same freedom on my phone. I purchase and played with the first version of the iMPC when it first came out, as well with other mobile beat apps. But I never really dug too deep into their functionality. The Maschine app was pretty dope. Now I hope the iMPC 2 Pro app takes it further.
The last Mac Mini I had was the perfect media PC. It ran both XBMC (now Kodi) as well as Plex. It was a grab backup Mac for work and browsing. This souped up version might be a worthy replacement in the near future.
Pixel Film Studios plugins have been my lifeblood. They’ve allowed me to do a lot of effects-based projects that previously could only be done in After Effects. This 2nd version of Projection takes the image mapping to another level. I can’t wait to start playing with this.
In my ongoing pursuit to upgrade my iPhone XS Max with apps that have a sexy UI, I’ve moved back over to Twitterrific as my official Twitter app. True, the official app has a dark mode which looks great on my new phone, but Twitterrific’s tweaked UI looks lightly better with a nice user experience. I’m still on the fence so this is a trial tryout. I can always go back to the default app if needed. But until then, I’ll play around with this one.
With my phone upgrade, I’m trying to update my favorite apps, focusing on great UX and sexy UI. I’ve been using Downcast for years on my iPhone. I’ve tried a few others but alway came back due to its easy of use and reliability. But now with a nice OLED screen on my new iPhone XS Max, I’m looking to upgrade to something more slick, but still easy to use. The AgoraPlayer seems to be the dopest app I could find. There’s a bit of a learning curve on how to use it, but the UI is sexy and hell.
I initially wanted to do a rant on the epidemic of subscriptions that has infected my life. Being a digital hoarder.. someone who need to actually possess digital documents locally on my laptop or external hard rive, I’ve never really been a fan of paying a monthly fee for access to someone else’s content. If there was a song, movie, tv show I liked, I made sure I had a copy of it available on my laptop.. with a copy on an external hard drive.. and on another hard drive stored away just incase the other two fail. I’ve been doing that for almost 20 years. Hoarding any and all digital files on the off chance that I might want to see them again. When apps like Plex and XBMC came along that allowed you to organize your content and stream it remotely, I was all in. I had a huge collection of content and now I was ready to be able to take it with me where ever I went.
So I don’t know how subscriptions crept into my world. I can’t pinpoint the moment I felt I needed to have temporary access to other people’s content, but I can’t imagine living any other way. I’m still in transition. My Plex set up has a ton of movies, tv shows and music that I can stream on any device, but I still use the favorites like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and Apple Music most of the time. Indeed, my Plex library has become more of an archiving tool than a media streaming tool.
My main streaming usage is with music services. Spotify, Apple Music and Google Music are the three platforms that I subscribe too. Indeed, I’m playing $14,99 for each services (family plans to share with my wife), and for the most part, I get a lot of bang for my buck.
This has become my favorite service. I can’t lie, I was all-in with Apple Music for the simple that that I was already in the Apple ecosystem. And I was already using iTunes to manage my local music collection, so I tried to 3 month trial. That was my gateway. But it really took Spotify to get me going. I tried it a few times with no real success. It just didn’t seem that critical because I already had all the songs I loved in my local collection. But for my month mix shows, it became the primary spot to find new music. Apple Music had the same thing but the UI was a little clunky. Spotify, once you got into it, was a dram to use. And couple that with an INCREDIBLE algorithm to help you discover new music and I was hooked. Every Friday and Monday I can find at least 20 new songs that I LOVE!!! Not just “like”, but LOVE.
Apple Music was my gateway service. I really wasn’t into streaming music services, but they had a 3 month trial when it started so it wouldn’t hurt to try. Plus they tagged on iCloud Music with allowed you to upload your collection to their cloud, and they would replace any matching songs with high quality versions so you can easily stream from your devices. This meant I would have Apples 35 millions songs AND all of my unique unreleased albums, remixes and personal music also in Apple Music for streaming… all in the same place. Unfortunately the system didn’t perform as easily as it sounded. I’m still recovering from a playlist fiasco with Apple Music. But it I can get it right, it might be very useful.
Plex is a personal streaming software package. I use it primarily to organize my video collection. But after my iCloud music failure I realized I needed a cloud solution for my local music collection. It would act as a streaming service and a back up for my local collection. Plex works great! It organized anything music you put in the designated folder (as long as your ID tags are correct) and the UI it great on desktop and mobile. The only problem with this is the upkeep. I’m constantly adding new music to my collection and I’m pretty lazy when it comes to keeping everything up to date. My current Plex collection is a few months behind so I need to find time updated… time don’t have, so it makes me default back to Spotify most of the time.
To tell you the truth, I rarely use Google’s service. It’s something that just came with Youtube Premium.. as service I upgraded to get ride of commercials. Much like Amazon Prime did with it’s video streaming service, it’s something there as a backup just in case everything else fails. That’s sad because with all the information that Google has on me, they should be able to make me the most awesome playlists. Maybe it would if I give it a little more attention.
It’s that time and year. I get to upgrade my phone every other year and this year Apple is finally increasing the size of their iPhones. So last night I waited until the AT&T web store opened and set to trade-up up my iPhone 7 Pro for the new iPhone XS Max.
The big thing for me on social media is the ability to post ‘media’ in my streams. I’m basically online to post mixes, promote artists I love and interface with said artists and like-minded music fans. It took me a long time to find an iOS app that would allow me to post video and music clips to embed in my posts. The only app I’ve been able to find that does this great is the Sounds App Music Sharing.
Part social media stream, and part clip creator, the Sounds App allows you to find, edit and then share clips of your favorite music and music videos on your Sounds App account, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and most notably Instagram. You can only post clips with a 60 limit (the instagram max) but that’s enough to let people hear what your listening to. It can be a little clunky at times (creating 60 clips sometimes doesn’t work with instagram) but overall it’s a great way to fill out your social feeds with your musical tastes. Download on iOS and Android