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This Is Why Proprietary Sync Servers Are a Mistake

I use Day One, a journaling app for Mac and iOS. I like the app because I can record notes and ideas, and they sync across my devices.

At least I used to like it. Day One used to sync via Dropbox or iCloud, and syncs were reliable. With the latest version, the developers decided to create their own sync server. And no longer offer any other sync options.

When you create a sync server, if you can’t provide 100% uptime, you’ve failed. Here’s the latest sync status:

Day one sync

Sync is hard. If you can’t get it right, don’t try and roll your own sync server. There are other solutions, which worked well enough with the previous version of the app. Also, it’s not clear how secure the data is on this server.

I consider that I’ve been ripped off, buying the new version of an app that I like and depend on, only to find that it’s features have been broken because the developers thought they had a good idea. I’m going back to the previous version, and I may even request a refund from Apple, because this app does not work as advertised. I’m not alone; look at the many negative reviews for this app on the Mac App Store and the iOS App Store.

If you think you need to make your own sync server for your app, think again. You may end up with lots of unhappy users.

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The iTunes Guy on Missing Apps, Accessing Your Wish List, And Duplicate Playlists

itunesguy-thum-100004188-gallery.jpgiTunes evolves over time, and sometimes there are good reasons why features don’t seem to work as they should. In this week’s column, I discuss why apps don’t transfer from iOS devices, and how to get them back. Yet some changes are inexplicable, such as one affecting an iTunes Store menu; I explain a workaround for this change. Finally, I look at a problem with duplicating playlists, and offer a possible fix.

Read this week’s Ask the iTunes Guy at Macworld.

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Neil Young Gives In, Allows Streaming of His Music

As reported on Hyperbot, Neil Young is allowing his music to be streamed in that execrable quality that he has vociferously derided for so long, MP3. All 57 of his albums are now available to stream on Tidal, and they will presumably soon be on the other music streaming services.

Perhaps Young was motivated by his failed attempt to launch his own high quality streaming service Pono. Or maybe its just that he’s set to release a new album called EARTH recorded during his recent Monsanto Years tour.

Neil, oh Neil, you’ve spouted so much BS about the quality of digital music, and you’ve gone and sold out…

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American Airlines pilot denies Rachel Barton Pine access to cabin with her violin – The Strad

Pine, who was the first passenger on board, quoted American Airlines policy, which states: ‘You can travel with small musical instruments as your carry-on item on a first come, first serve basis as long as it: fits in the overhead bin; or fits under the seat in front of you.’

But according to the violinist the captain replied, ‘It is not going on because I say so’.

A little dictator exercising his power. Sad.

This is especially problematic given the value of the instrument, and the fact that:

‘The Department of Transportation and the airlines have established important policies to protect musical instruments. However, those policies are meaningless if they are not enforced or if the airline staff and crews are not properly educated and trained,’ says Pine.

Or if they’re assholes…

Source: American Airlines pilot denies Rachel Barton Pine access to cabin with her violin – The Strad

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Use Emoji in iTunes Tags

In case you hadn’t realized, you can use emoji in iTunes tags. I think it’s easy to overuse emoji, but if you want to make certain tracks or playlists stand out, you can add emoji to their tags. Like this:

ITunes emoji

I know, there’s no skull in the To Be or Not to Be soliloquy, that’s later in the scene in the graveyard. But it’s here as an example…

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Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn