Since time immemorial, Apple has always used iTunes for desktop music management. The iconic app came with the iconic iPod. Who doesn’t remember poring over hundreds of songs, trying to create the perfect playlist? For diehard Apple fans, iTunes is an iconic experience.
Sadly, the iPod’s obsolescence has caused a rapid decline for the iconic app. Further, the rise of streaming services hammered the final nail on the coffin for Apple’s music management software. Apple Music has provided a worthy replacement for the app. Also, Apple’s Podcasts and TV have replaced even iTunes’ supplementary features. iTunes is slowly going obsolete itself.
Based on a report by Bloomberg, Apple will soon do the inevitable. At next week’s WWDC, the company will reportedly retire the 18-year old software. iTunes will finally bow down to the modern trio of apps — Music, Podcasts, and TV.
The new strategy will usher in Apple’s more unified ecosystem of apps. With iTunes, Apple users are switching between multiple apps. iTunes’ retirement will allow Apple to focus on more dedicated apps based on usage. Further, Apple can finally unify its ecosystem for all its many platforms. In the next generation, Apple users can freely control their MacBook, iPhone, and Apple Watch in the same app.
Unfortunately, iTunes’ passing is a sad spectacle. Despite its lack of optimization, the software has been part of everyone’s technological life. Of course, in its latter years, iTunes has lost its reputation as a reliable music management app. Its retirement is beyond inevitability.
On the bright side, Apple has not forsaken the iPod ecosystem. Recently, the company has announced the iPod’s surprising resurrection. A new iPod Touch is coming soon.
Further, Apple will likely announce another slew of goodies next week. The upcoming WWDC will introduce new things to come for Apple’s future.
Twitter is finally getting a dark mode for Android!
Updates are rolling out today
Welcome to the dark side! Twitter is finally rolling out a true dark mode for its Android app. The short-form social media network tweeted an official announcement on its own account. The message is simple: “You can now go lights out on Twitter.”
Twitter is rolling out the update starting today. To activate the feature, swipe open the left-hand options panel. On the lower-left corner, a lightbulb button can easily turn the feature on and off. It will also prompt an automatic toggle that turns the feature on at sunset.
Welcome to the dark side, Android users. You can now go lights out on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/RpvstZvdnr
— Twitter (@Twitter) October 22, 2019
Likewise, Android users can also access the feature through the usual settings menu. From the “Settings and privacy” menu, you can open the “Display and sound” submenu to toggle the new dark mode.
Notably, Twitter for Android already had a rudimentary dark mode — called Dim — in the past. However, the previous iteration was only a dark blue, a far cry from a true, energy-saving dark mode. Twitter’s new “lights out” mode is finally a true black.
Regardless, if you’re a fan of the old Dim mode, the option is still available. The true dark mode, however, is a blessing for energy savers.
Previously, Twitter already released a true dark mode for iOS users. Android’s version was a long time coming. Thankfully, we’re finally here in the dark side. The update should roll out soon for all Android users.
No NBA on Free TV? Facebook to the rescue
Big deal for the basketball-crazy Philippines
Local television networks in the Philippines failed to reach an agreement with the NBA to air full games on free TV in the country. Fear not though as the NBA still sees the Philippines as a huge market and will live stream games on the official Facebook and Twitter pages of NBA Philippines.
There will be a live game on opening week which is from October 23 to 29. Starting October 31, live stream of games will be every Mondays and Thursdays.
“The Philippines is one of the world’s leaders in social media penetration and usage with over 17 million followers of the league’s social media accounts, making it an ideal platform to livestream NBA content. With NBA games on Facebook Watch and Twitter, we are empowering the digital lifestyle of our fans with the ability to enjoy the NBA anytime, anywhere,” says NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson on a report from ESPN5.
Here are the games that will be broadcast live during tip-off week:
Oct. 23, 10:30 AM — Los Angeles Lakers @ LA Clippers
Oct. 24, 7:30 AM — Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
Oct. 25, 8:00 AM — Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets
Oct. 26, 10:30 AM — Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers
Oct. 27, 8:00 AM — New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets
Oct. 28, 7:00 AM — Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks
Oct. 29, 8:00 AM — Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets
Got a favorite team? There’s always NBA League Pass
If that’s not enough for you, there’s always NBA League Pass where you have the option to follow just one team or if you’re a hoop junkie, get a subscription that gives you access to all of the games. Simply download the NBA App on the App store or Google Play and choose your preferred subscription.
Netflix might limit password sharing between users
In order to gain more revenues?
Netflix isn’t chill when it comes to password sharing. During its third-quarter earnings interview, the streaming giant discussed its plans. The company tackled users sharing one account to find a way around paying for a monthly subscription.
Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann says the company is continuing to monitor the situation. Neumann added, ”We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”
It’s still unclear on how Netflix will limit password sharing since the streaming giant didn’t announce anything specific. Netflix’s goal seems to restrict account sharing to people living in the same household. Some speculate that the company will take a look into IP addresses, but it poses a problem for families living apart. But for now, you can still enjoy sharing your account with friends and families as Netflix claimed they have “no big plans to announce at this time in terms of doing something different.”
Presently, users can log onto Netflix regardless of how many devices they have. Its only limitation — depending on the subscription plan — is how many people can stream all at the same time. In the near future, it isn’t surprising for Netflix to push through with their plans to limit password sharing since the competition with Disney+ and Apple TV+ is getting tight. In order to gain more revenue, Netflix might have to convert people to pay for their own subscription.
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