Marco Arment

Marco Arment


Husband of renowned podcaster @tiffanyarment.

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I feel like I’m being a fool for not keyword-spamming like everyone else. Castbox even changed their app’s name from “Castbox” to “The Podcast Player”! (Bold move to compete with… “The Podcast App”.)

The latest iOS 13.3 beta brings back the Mail bug where the inbox often stops updating with new mail until you go back to the folders screen, then return to the inbox. Glad it’s just a beta… but scared to see a 13.0 bug return to a late-stage beta several releases later.

Google signed me out of YouTube on my phone for no reason, and when I signed back in, they emailed this to me. Everything about this makes me angry.

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To nobody’s surprise, @tiffanyarment  and I ate a lot of something for this month’s Top Four. This time: cheese!

I love Apple's gloriously half-assed Black Friday sales. They're like garage sales by stingy people trying to get rid of their old stuff for almost the same prices they originally paid years ago.

(meanwhile I'm big-spending over here on four more C-to-C cables, which my family seems to be eating or something because they keep disappearing)

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Apple Music awards, whatever, I don’t care, whatever, whatever—HOLY SHIT I NEED THAT AWARD

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Well, I was in the right place at the right time.

Major new bugs introduced in iOS 13.2: - background downloads often hang forever and never run - apps get killed in the background so aggressively that iOS effectively doesn’t offer multitasking anymore …continuing the iOS 13 pattern of breaking long-held basic functionality.

courage: (n.) the removal of a headphone jack from a phone today:

I hear the same stories repeatedly from inside Apple: - almost no time to fix bugs - literally zero time to fix older or non-urgent bugs - far more layers of management since Cook - problems don’t/can’t get communicated upward - increased division so teams can’t coordinate

If you really care about podcasts, don’t listen in Spotify, Google Play, Audible, TuneIn, or any other walled garden that privately subverts the public RSS ecosystem. They’re not podcast apps. They’re proprietary audio players that have agreements to distribute some podcasts.

That’s it! We’ve reached the pinnacle of technology. Shut everything down, we’re done. We can now update our software-development app without quitting our music player first.

Apple was wise enough to invest heavily in end-to-end encryption and retaining as little data as possible in response to increasingly invasive governments and police. I hope they’re wise and brave enough now to start the long, expensive process of removing themselves from China.

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