In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Taylor Swift makes this comment: … music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free. I wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this summer that basically portrayed my views on this. I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word music out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with Shake It Off, and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, I will try this; I’ll see how it feels. It didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I was saying to my fans, If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it. I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.
I have tried to understand how the changes in the music industry for sometime. A lot of people say that musicians are now making their money on concerts, not on record sells. There’s probably some truth to that. But I also think she makes a good point. What do you think? Same could be said of software. Do we live in a time with everything is expected to be free?
I have been playing with the new Handoff feature in OS X and iOS 8.1 for a while now. Today I had one of those magical experiences. I needed to respond to an email, but was in the car heading to work. I started the response on my iPhone but dictating the message. I arrive to work, but was not ready to send it yet. I walked into my office, opened my iPad, and used Handoff to open the email there. I picked up in the same place .. I just continued typing were I left off.
Yes, I could have saved the draft, and opened it on my iPad or my Mac .. but this is so seamless .. it just works!
I am often asked about my favorite photo apps for iOS. It is actually very dynamic, but I though I would create a list of my top picks today.
1. iOS ‘Photos': Yes, the stock photo app is amazing in iOS8. If you have not done it, I would install iOS8 right away. This update brings powerful editing to the Photos app, and with extensiblity, you can also use other amazing apps, without exiting Photos.
: This app is not only a great tool for editing photos, it has a powerful built in Camera. It includes a lightbox, various filters, and more amazing tools. I have used it for a long time, and it is truely one of my favorites.
3. Handy Photo: an extremely powerful photo editing app. You can remove objects, move objects, apply filters and so much more. There is a free and paid version.
4. layrs: using a mobile device does not mean you have to sacrifice layers. A great app! I love how this works.
I have used this less since they were acquired by Google, but it’s a great app for tweaking a photo.
by Google, Inc.
I could go on for a long time .. I have 88 photo apps on my iPhone. These 5 are my main go-to apps for photo editing. And don’t forget about , iOS extensions with photos. More on that in another post.