He who is nospam said on Sun, 24 Dec 2017 13:59:34 -0500:
This is off topic.
We all know that the world loves Apple products.
In fact, I authored a thread in which you responded specifically outlining
all the reasons we all love Apple products in different ways.
Why is the iPhone/iPad one of the most successful mobile device platforms
in the market?
Here is the opening post I made to that thread...
"What are the main reasons millions of people, including some
of my own relatives, *love* the Apple iOS platform?"
So it's off topic for you to harp on your "apple haters" tirade.
All we want to know here is whether the cold hard facts are correct, and if
they're not, what are the cold hard facts about the hardware comparison
between the $130 LG Stylo 3 Plus and the equivalent $670 iPhone 7 Plus.
Certainly. That is a corollary of the first statement. I neither hate or
love Apple. However up to this point nobody has offered my money to
create software for an Apple product so I have little interest in them.
My only brush with one was after I was gifted with a iPod Shuffle. I
will say iTunes was one of the least usable interfaces I've ever used.
He who is rbowman said on Sun, 24 Dec 2017 19:18:43 -0700:
It's well known that iTunes is an abomination (just google iTunes and
bloatware to find that they're associated intimately).
Luckily, you can use an older version of Sharepod, which I use all the
time, which allows you to transfer any data to and from any iPod to and
from any Windows desktop computer without risk of blowing away any of your
songs like iTunes has a tendency to do because of its idiotic restrictive
Luckily for me, I have older versions of Sharepod lying around and sitting
on all my iPods - so if you can find an older version - you're good as gold
because there are ZERO restrictions.
With SHarepod freeware, you can copy anything from any iPod to any Windows
machine without ever needing a login or password or even storing a single
bit of the executable on Windows (it runs off the iPod as a Windows
executable stored on the iPod).
Basically, you get an Excel-like spreadsheet with the older versions of
Sharepod where you just click to transfer anything to anything - where I've
very often transferred songs from one iPod to another or to DVD or from DVD
or to disk or from disk or whatever.
My main machine is Linux and my non-Apple MP3 players show up as mass
storage devices that I can copy files to. I got the Shuffle loaded and
that was that. I have no intention of ever trying to reload it.
I managed to fill the iShuffle's 2GB with acceptable music. Why would I
ever revisit it rather than use one of my other MP3 players that have
much higher capacities? Anyway if I did, there are several applications:
many reasons, including smart playlists, regular playlists, arbitrary
groupings, automatic syncing so you don't need to manage everything
yourself as well as many other things.
itunes is one of the most popular apps on *windows* because of all of
the functionality it offers, and unlike a mac, it's *not* bundled, so
windows users have to actually go download and install it themselves.
I do fine with random play, thank you. I don't need the 'walking the
dog' or 'taking out the garbage' play list. If someone like the iTunes
interface, more power to them. I found it clumsy and since I don't
purchase music through iTunes that isn't a factor. Syncing a Shuffle is
of little use since the thing if completely full with its limited
storage. It is handy in the gym where I can clip it on my t-shirt and
that's it's sole function in my life.
Other than straight MP3 players I use the Kindle Fire. Between the Prime
selections and the music I buy through Amazon it provides all of the above.
there is no requirement to purchase music with itunes. you can use your
own music, from whatever source, even pirated music.
in fact, you can gain amnesty for pirated music using itunes match,
where it will give you legal non-drm 256kbit versions for whatever you
already have, regardless of its source or quality (although if it's
*really* shitty quality, the matching won't work).
actually syncing a shuffle is very useful *because* it's limited.
otherwise, you could put everything on it.
sync whatever you want to hear, which can even be automated simply by
plugging the shuffle into the computer.
exercising is one of the main use cases for a shuffle, where people
won't want to (or can't) fuss with choosing music on a display. it's
also small and won't get in the way.
different tools for different jobs.
He who is rbowman said on Mon, 25 Dec 2017 12:32:37 -0700:
A play list is just a text file.
The free SharePod does playlists just fine.
In fact, every music management program I've ever used has play lists.
There's nothing special for play lists in iTunes bloatware.
He who is nospam said on Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:02:12 -0500:
The main problem with iTunes bloatware is that it's *restrictive*.
It won't let you copy any mP3 song from any iPod to anywhere else.
Luckily a 100KByte older SharePod executable on the iPod solves that.
He who is rbowman said on Sun, 24 Dec 2017 23:46:47 -0700:
I also have Ubuntu 16.04, where, thankfully, the iTunes abomination won't
The problem I have with Linux is that Apple never tests their software in
the real world, saying that it's "not supported", so they break
connectivity for millions of users even when going from something as minor
as iOS version 7.0.0 to iOS 7.0.1.
Apple doesn't care about the real world.
Sure they do. That's why they built in the limp home CPU setting for
when your irreplaceable battery is shot. Irreplaceable is probably the
wrong word for 'we made damn sure the user can't replace the battery.'
more ignorance. it doesn't 'limp home'.
performance *peaks* are limited, not the overall speed, something which
most people won't notice in normal use and is much better than the
sudden shutdowns that had been occurring.
it is also something that affects android phones and other devices
because it's due to battery chemistry.
except that apple didn't do that at all, so irreplaceable is definitely
the wrong word.
all it takes is a screwdriver for those who want to do it themselves,
or many repair shops will be happy to replace it for those who don't.
numerous android phones as well as many other products have internal
batteries because it makes for a smaller and more reliable device.
some of those *other* products actually *do* have irreplaceable
batteries, such as -
the android essential phone, from andy rubin, the creator of android
The Essential PH-1 (aka Essential Phone) is designed to withstand
dents and scratches, but what happens if something breaks on the
inside? You can forget about fixing it yourself, apparently. The DIY
repair crew at iFixit has torn down Essential's handset, and it's
obvious that you're not meant to poke around inside. For one thing,
iFixit had to freeze the phone (and break the LCD) just to get inside
-- and even then, it still had to get past a mid-frame shield. The
USB-C port is soldered on to motherboard, and the abundance of
adhesives makes it likely that you'll break something if you somehow
didn't wreck the screen going in.
microsoft surface laptop:
There¹s no screws holding the case together, so the technicians were
forced to try and pry apart the Alcantara fabric, noting that it was
difficult to do without tearing it. Underneath, the individual
components are also difficult to remove: the keyboard is glued down,
and the motherboard is covered with a series of thermal pads. The
team also reports that they can¹t disconnect the battery until
several other components are removed, and once they get to it, they
found that it¹s glued directly to the case.
Their verdict? ³It¹s a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing
about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can¹t
be opened without destroying it.²
google partnered with ubreakifix for battery replacements for the
pixel, which costs the same as what apple charges, $79:
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