Monday, September 18, 2017

Apple hurts users and developers by removing iOS from iTunes

iTunes desktop app and store with no iOS

Apple has the tendency to develop new features and to explore new ideas by cutting with the past. This has been extremely useful and innovative and has moved technology and our use of it forward, but it’s always left me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth when each step removes useful features that were actually practical AND popular. It’s like they can’t add something without taking other things away.

iTunes has historically had a love-hate relationship with its users, who use terms like bloatware, slowware, bugware, shit, crap, and all kinds of expletives to describe it. It’s understandable. As something that started as a basic database app to store your music and synchronize it with iPods, hence the name, iTunes had become a be all end all database of media management to synchronize with a huge number of devices, modern and legacy, bloating its size and turning the app into its own operating system that includes music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, books, university courses, audiobooks, ios apps, etc. It’s a player, a file manager, a hardware interface, a synchronizer, an all media store, and now, a streaming music manager and interface.

Throughout the years, Apple has both succeeded and failed in its attempts to streamline and control the interface and functionality of the app and store. It removed books from it when it created the iBooks app and the iBooks section of the store with it. It didn’t even bother to include a Mac App Store, making it a separate, and in my opinion too limited, app. And now, it’s removed the iOS App Store from it.

You might think this is great, removing all that bloatware and being truer to its original intent of a “tunes” player and manager. On the surface, it seems great to push iOS items to where they live, iPhones and iPads, leaving the Mac free to be the Mac, and iTunes to be the Tunes player it was meant to be. Unfortunately, the removal has greater consecuences and affects the iOS ecosystem in a major, extremely negative way.


Unfortunately, the removal has greater consecuences and affects the iOS ecosystem in a major, extremely negative way.


How it hurts iOS users

One of the coolest things about searching the iTunes store on the desktop is that the results show you relevant items from each of the available categories in the store, so a search for Avengers returns results from music from the films and tv shows as well as other artists, movies and tv shows I could rent or purchase, books and comic books for iBooks, Avengers games on iOS, etc. I can’t count the number of times I’ve bought an app while searching for a soundtrack, or a soundtrack while searching for a film, or a book while searching for an App. The value of the cross sell is beyond what anyone might consider.

Apple had removed books from the store, sending the store into iBooks, but they had been intelligent enough to keep books in the search results, in order to capture those impulse purchases from cross searches. With this latest update, that’s just gone for both apps and books, so that usability and convenience has been removed. Now, you have to browse for apps on your tiny iPhone screen and have to go to four different stores to browse for the items they sell. But that’s not the worst of it.

How it hurts iOS developers

One of the coolest features of the iTunes desktop store is that it allowed the “install everywhere and from anywhere” feature. You could browse using the big and comfortable desktop app, click to buy and have it automatically installed on all your devices. Better still, you could land on a developer website and click to install their app from the browser, which would take you automatically to where you could instantly buy and install their app on your device, all through the magic of desktop iTunes. The removal of that particular benefit and seamless usefulness not only makes for a lesser user experience, but it kills developer sales by killing instant conversions/impulse purchases.

Let’s look at an example. I’m on my Mac and get an e-mail from a client in Russian. I use a translation site to read it, but I want to learn Russian, and so decide to do an online search to learn Russian. Duoling comes up as a free, useful option. It’s a free app and looks great, so I click on the “Get on iOS icon”. This takes me to Duolingo’s iTunes page. Before, it would automatically open it in the iTunes store in the iTunes app for me to impulsively click on it to get it, which would automatically install it on my iPhone. Now, it goes to Duolingo’s iTunes page, but I can’t do anything with it there. I have to go into the iPhone, open the App store, search for Duolingo again, look for the correct one, and click to download and install it.

That kills the user experience, and makes it a lot more difficult for developers to get people to install their apps and make money. Every step, every hoop you have to jump through makes it more difficult. It used to be seamless, now it’s not. Was it so difficult for a 250 billion dollar company to maintain this simplicity? Was it really so expensive and impossible to maintain that simple, seamless experience on the desktop that has benefitted iOS and made it so popular and excellent?

Of course, Google and their Android OS copied that iOS functionality, improving their user experience no matter your device. As a Mac/iPhone user, I should be used to Apple’s game of give and take, but I’m not. I guess it’ll save me money in the long run, though, as I’ve already skipped a few apps I would have bought on impulse. Thank you Apple.

As for iOS developers, sorry, but you’ve just been Applefucked… again.

Just pondering…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Wait reviewed on Jamsphere Magazine

Jamsphere Magazine has posted their review of my latest, modern classical release, The Wait. It will be in the printed magazine's August issue, but you can read it online right now here:
http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/franco-esteve-wait-interprets-palpable-anxieties-waiting

The review has also been picked up by other, online indie music magazines. Thank you Jamsphere for the review and for continuing to support Indie Artists like myself.

If you've never looked at Jamsphere, they are one of the premier, indie music magazines. They also have an indie radio online. Check them out at jamsphere.com

If you haven't heard The Wait yet, what are you waiting for? Here are some links for you to listen, buy, stream, and follow:

Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":




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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Listen to my interview on Starcom Radio's The Ed Tyll Show

You can now listen to my interview with award-winning journalist, talk show host, and national spokeperson, Ed Tyll, on Starcom Radio Network's The Ed Tyll Show's Artist in Showcase.

Thank you to Ed Tyll and all the fine folks at The Ed Tyll Show and at the Starcom Radio Network for having me on the show (http://www.edtyllshow.com/)

And thank you to all my fans, followers, and supporters for your ongoing support of all my artistic endeavors! There's more to come...



https://soundcloud.com/franco-esteve/franco-esteves-the-ed-tyll-show-artist-in-showcase-interview-august-1st-2017

Heard the show? Enjoyed the music? Find "The Wait" on:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
https://goo.gl/Zsi84X
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Thank you Ed Tyll Radio Show!

Thank you Ed Tyll of the Ed Tyll Radio Show on the Starcom Radio Network for having me on the show, for all the shoutouts and compliments. I'm extremely honored, and it's a pleasure to find someone so like minded in music.

Everyone go check out his show at http://www.edtyllshow.com/

If you don't know Ed Tyll, he's an award-winning journalist, talk show host, and national spokeperson.


For those that missed it, I'll post a link to the recording once it's available. Thank you Ed and thank you to everyone for listening and for your support.

Don't forget to check out the song we were talking about on the show below. It's my latest single, The Wait:

iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
https://goo.gl/Zsi84X
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Franco Esteve on the Ed Tyll Show tonight!





I’ll be on The Ed Tyll Show (http://www.edtyllshow.com/) on the Starcom Radio Network at 5:30pm USA Eastern Std Time TODAY (23:30 CET).




Turn your dials to one of their stations or listen directly online on their website: http://www.starcomradionetwork.com/stations.html

If you don't know Ed Tyll, he's an award-winning journalist, talk show host, and national spokeperson.

And stay tuned, as there's more to come. Currently promoting the modern classical song, The Wait.
Get it on:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
https://goo.gl/Zsi84X
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Jiggy Jaguar Interviews Franco Esteve on The Sunday Radio Program

Listen to Franco Esteve's interview on Jiggy Jaguar's The Sunday Radio Program. As difficult as it was at times during the interview to listen & communicate remotely from across the globe, it was great fun. Listen on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/nPsYkC0RXhQ



Thank you to the fine folks at The Sunday Radio Program for having me on your radio show and for all the shout outs (Thanks Jiggy Jaguar!). It was a lot of fun to meet y'all and be on the show. Everyone should head out to their page (https://www.facebook.com/sundayradioprogram) and to www.jiggyjaguar.com and have a listen. Their show is heard throughout the United States as well as online and on the Jiggy Jaguar app. 

I'd also like to give special thanks to author and radio program collaborator Jae Byrd Wells. Check her out at https://www.facebook.com/Jae.Byrd.Wells/ and her books on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uOYsQf.

Remember to listen to, enjoy, and buy The Wait and keep up with Franco Esteve using the links below:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
https://goo.gl/Zsi84X

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The "Yeah, I Know it Sucks" Blog reviews The Doll Chronicles music and films





Thank you to the "Yeah, I Know it Sucks" blog for their wonderful review of both Consequence, The Doll Chronicles and Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles short films and their soundtracks, and for their kind words about my work.







Everyone can go read the review here: https://yeahiknowitsucks.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/franco-esteve-consequence-paranoia-the-doll-chronicles/

If you haven't seen the films, you can see them on the embedded links on their review or you can visit me on Vimeo: https://www.vimeo.com/FrancoEsteve

Don't forget that you can find my music on all the popular services and you can read more about it at www.francoesteve.com or at the CDBaby Store (full previews available) http://store.cdbaby.com/artist/francoesteve

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Wait reviewed on the Huffington Post




The Huffington Post has just reviewed The Wait!!!!! Thank you Mr. Radic for the wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed the music and I will definitely be dropping an album at some point soon.  






Check out the review here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/596b9fe7e4b09e26b6d768e5

iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

New Music Release! The Wait, a classical music single by Franco Esteve

Franco Esteve's The Wait CD Cover
The Wait - Cover Art
Just released! Franco Esteve's new, classical music single!

The Wait


The Wait is a classical style piece of music that reflects waiting and anticipation. It was written out of insomnia and the constant incapacity to sleep.

It’s something I have personally struggled with throughout my life, and I admit a lot of my ideas flow from those hours fighting with it. The Wait is directly related to it, born of it. It’s that anxious waiting for sleep to come, the time ticking away, the realization that time is passing and the possible sleep time lessens. Suddenly, you feel it, but it disappears once again, and the anxiousness returns.



The different orchestral elements attempt to reflect that, with the violin’s pizzicato ticking away, as other elements creep in, and the mind races in the darkness. It features violins, cello, horns, and a rainstick to tell the story of that struggle with insomnia. For me it expresses that story. For you, it might express something different. It might inspire one of my films or stories, or one of yours.

The Wait is currently available on all the main, online music stores and streaming services. Listen to the song and get it on CD Baby using the player included here:

You can find it on iTunes clicking here. Spotify users can find it by clicking here.

The Wait - Copyright©2017 Franco Esteve. All rights reserved.

Thank you!

I hope y'all enjoy this release and all my music. Thank you all for your continuing encouragement and support, and for all the wonderful messages. Stay tuned, there's much more to come. :)

Don't forget to stay up to date by liking the Franco Esteve Facebook page, as well as following bNowhere and Franco Esteve on Twitter and on Spotify. Thanks again and Enjoy! :)

iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Huffington Post review of Franco Esteve's "The Wait":
https://goo.gl/Zsi84X




Having problems listening to the music. Listen on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/1xuNddOHpD8

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