It's the little things that keeps us coming back for more. Today, Apple released a Podcasts app that allows users to subscribe and listen to podcasts on any iOS device without having to delve deep into the Music app. Frequent podcast listeners will appreciate the ease of us, the large display tiles for each podcast, and the ability to discover new shows without launching iTunes. What's more: now you can just place the icon on the front page of your iPhone for instant podcast access!
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
Everyone seems to have an opinion on everything, and thanks to the proliferation of free podcasts, everyone can have an audience as well. Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing forms of media, with some of the more popular shows earning many hundreds of thousands of listens each week. Starting your own broadcast is easier than ever -- even if you don't have a studio to record at. With nothing more than your iOS device, the eight apps we've collected, and a bit of free time, you too can join the ranks of Podcasters. Now all you need is someone that will listen.
Well, that’s it folks: WWDC 2012 wraps up today and developers will soon head home to put the finishing touches on their OS X Mountain Lion apps, while immersing themselves in the fun and excitement of iOS 6 ahead of its launch this fall. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the tech world is just twiddling their thumbs -- read on and find out everything making news for this freaky Friday, June 15, 2012.
The tenth annual D: All Things Digital conference wraps up Thursday in California, but if Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opening night interview has you fondly reminiscing about Steve Jobs’ six appearances at the event, you can now downloaded them absolutely free from iTunes.
It takes a certain measure of courage to admit you've still got a model of the Millenium Falcon sitting in your closet next to your collection of Darth Vader figurines, an autographed picture of Carrie Fisher in a metal bikini, and a family of stuffed Ewoks. But you don't have to worry about ridicule around these parts; we're down with the Force. Even better news: so is the App Store. Check out this sampling of Star Wars apps from a galaxy not so far away.
Podcasts have always been the unloved child in the iTunes ecosystem. Native iOS management is woefully under-baked, requiring syncing through a computer or manually downloading individual episodes through mobile iTunes. We’re post-PC, yet these retrograde options linger. One particular stand out among third-party solutions is Instacast HD. The bigger, younger sibling of the iPhone's Instacast, this iPad-only option isn't just super-sized, but souped-up, working best in tandem with its iPhone partner.
Curious to know what Apple thinks is the cream of the crop in its own iTunes Store? Well, wonder no more: Cupertino has just posted its 2011 entries for iTunes Rewind, which celebrates the best music, apps, TV shows, books, movies and podcasts for the entire year. How many of them did you purchase?
Stressed out? We feel you. Stress is the worst. Fortunately, the iTunes Store has tons of solutions. Podcasts are free, and searching for “stress” yields dozens of results. Since different people will respond to different techniques, download a few episodes and listen to them on your commute or in a quiet corner with headphones. A couple of our favorites are Dr. Harry Henshaw’s Enhanced Healing Podcast, which features relaxation music and binaural tones at five minutes an episode, and The Meditation Coach Podcast’s episodes “8-minute Guided Breath Meditation with Theta Rain” and “4-minute Mini Vacation Guided Meditation.”
We’re all Apple fans. But why? Deep thoughts like that -- and 50th issues -- call for a countdown! But don’t worry, we balanced our enthusiasm with a hard-hitting look at the dark side of Apple...
Turning 50 is certainly a milestone, and we’ve been saving something special for our 50th issue: a countdown that examines all the reasons that Apple fans are Apple fans. After all, as the Microsoft Stores so perfectly prove, no other tech titan can inspire the same level of devotion.
But there’s no single reason we love our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods -- in fact, we thought of a lot more than 50. It took some of the most epic staff meetings we’ve had in Mac|Life history -- we haggled, we argued, and we picked on Nic and Flo because teasing them is pretty fun -- but in the end, we emerged with a thoughtful, incisive look at what makes Apple so successful.