My Cult of Mac Is Wearing Off
For decades I’ve been blissfully existing the digital gated community that was the Apple Ecosystem. This closed universe wasn’t locked but slight throttled so that Apple could keep an eye on the quality of their hardware and software. And it’s been great. I wasn’t missing any of the ‘openness’ Windows and Android users claimed to have, because Apple Development did an excellent job of proving excellent services and connected to or replaced what was missing,.
But recently, little things have been catching up with the whole system. Nothing major, but nitpicky crap that have implanted the ideas of looking at other solutions outside of the Cult of Mac. The most recent thing, and probably the backbreaking straw is the search for a updated streaming box. I currently use a 2nd generation Apple TV as my primary digital hub. That’s for movies, tv shows, music a little bit of casual gaming. I have a 4K tv that I’ve rarely taken advantage of, so now I want a streaming box that’s compatible.
I immediately was looking at the Apple TV 4K because… you know.. It’s Apple. And sure, it’s a streaming box that’s almost $200 but that’s cool. Apple products have premium prices, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s something Apple folks know. The thing that sent me over the edge was no Spotify app for iOS on Apple TV. This really pissed me off. I understand you’re trying to promote your own streaming server, Apple Music, but Tital had an app on the box, so why not the most popular streaming music app. That one omission costs them a $200 purchase. True I could’ve just airplayed from other devices, but it just seemed like unnecessary bullshit.
Doing a little more research, I came across the Amazon Fire TV Cube. It’s a $69 box with 4K compatibility, non remote voice control… AND A SPOTIFY APP! I purchased it this morning and it will be the first major piece of non-apple I’ve bought since the Xbox One first came out. This has brought doubt on blindly buying Apple hardware, so I’m looking at streaming speakers, connected watches and other technology outside of Apple ecosystem. I’m still all about MacBook Pros, iPhones and iPads, but the other smaller stuff might come from Samsung, Amazon and Google.