Something as trivial as creating network shares between two Windows computers behind a router has always been an excruciating pain in the ass for me.
I don't care about the icon itself, but it's indicative of how much recycled code there is, and from how long ago when they're advertising a whole new fresh OS. I've only been using my MBP for 3 years, but no I haven't had any problems with Finder. The only time I had issues was when I was using beta builds of Mavericks.
You can "drag and drop". Just make a standard Playlist and sync that playlist to all your devices. Then "drag and drop" into the playlist.....then any time any device that uses that playlist is connected, it will be synced with what ever is in that playlist. Don't want a certain song in there anymore? Remove from the playlist and it gets updated across all your devices.
It really is a wonderful setup if you learn how to use it.
The playlist solution solves many practical issues when dealing with large libraries and multiple devices (phones, ipods, Apple TV's, other computers). You just have to take some time (not much) to learn how they work.
For instance I have smart playlists that are 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's.
In the comment field of every song I put something like "4 Star, 80's". I then give the song a rating of 4 stars and make a smart playlist that says
- Any song rated 4 stars or more
- contains "80's" in comment field
Now the songs get picked up automatically. But what's great is that if the library ever gets corrupted or I move to a different computer or whatever, because that meta data is in the song, I can have all my playlists back up and running within seconds. All I have to do is sort the entire library by comments and give everything starting with "4 Stars" a 4 star rating and the smart playlist does the rest. I'm not doing no drag and drop crap.
While iTunes can be a problem for people who still have music/video collections (get with the streaming times already ;-) ), for many people it doesn't impact the iOS experience due to iCloud, which is fairly seamless.
If we look at the mobile OS performance over time, iOS still wins in the one area that matters most to the average user -- stability and ease-of-use. I wondered if Android had finally overcome the "Windows" problem of slowing down over time and getting buggy, but from what I've seen with my friends' phones and my work phone (only an S4) that's not the case. Bugs don't seem to be as much of an issue to be fair, but they still seem more common on Android.
I was a power users who would root my phone and all of that good stuff, so I get the advantages of Android. But I need my mobile device to work seamlessly above all else. That's why I think this article misses the full picture. Yes, Apple is on a downward trend -- it's not innovating fast enough and quality hasn't been as high these days -- but they still have the same advantages re: iOS to fall back on. I don't think Apple users are hating the software by any means. We're just hoping Apple will step it up and avoid making the same stupid mistakes in the future...I could list soooo many, but iOS isn't one.
One of the reasons I put a case on my phone (othat than protection) is specifically to add bulk to it. I feel uneasy handling an iPhone 5 or 6 because I feel like it's going to find any way it can to fall out of my hands and shatter. I'd rather they shift their focus elsewhere. Making devices ever smaller and thinner was great at one time when products were bulky, but they're not any more, and my hands aren't getting any smaller.
That's all dependent really on stereo manufacturer. Only recently have stereo companies started supporting Android over USB. That's not a phone issue.
That comes down to cost. You can't have a decent DAC in a $50 phone. Most will just use the integrated DAC. Others that care will have separate DACs, but will charge more. Although, companies like Samsung don't care. They'll charge you a lot and give you junk audio anyways.
That's why I only gravitate to Sony for my phone. The audio quality isn't audiophile grade or anything, but it's good for those times I'm mobile. The HTC One is definitely better, but I don't like the rest of the phone.
Companies also need to care about not taking away sales of their DAPs at the same time (if they have them). Apple essentially killed off their iPods cause of the iPhone. Sony was starting to do the same, so I think the newer Xperia phones may end up with worse sound. They already lack features from their Walkman line, even though they could have easily implemented them.
I'm hoping in the future I can easily go back and forth between Android and Windows on the same device. MS is suppose to allow WP10 to be installed on an Android device. Let's see if that actually happens and if it'll be easy to go back to Android after swapping to Windows.
Create an acct on both machines using same username/password. Create share. Done. When you go to the other share, login. I'm too lazy for that and I have nothing important on my machines, so I simply just have the same username/password on my comps. So no logging in to access shares. Just click and you're in.
Win 8 or higher has fixed that with their Windows Live accounts, but you'll have to create a Windows Live account or use your existing Hotmail, Outlook, etc MS acct.
Has to be a lot of recycled code to be backwards compatible with things. You really think Apple doesn't reuse a whole lot of their code for new OSX versions. Hell half of their new OS's are just what MS calls a service pack and they use to charge $100 for those things.
Today's OS's have tons of recycled code, cause program developers come to expect certain functions to be available within the OS for them to use. So they don't have to code the functions into their own programs.
The only way to keep from recycling code is to not support old crap. MS is doing that now and guess what? Ppl are complaining about it. "What? Win 10 won't support my old Core 2 Duo or whatever!?! ZOMG, Screw MS!" There really is no win/win situation for MS when it comes to their OS. They'd love nothing more than to stop using recycled code, but the consumer base continues wanting their old programs to work on a new OS.
This is true. The hardware on Apple products becomes outdated and runs poorly with the continual updating of the operating system. This is my experience long before the hardware fails.
Id rather not use shitty encoded mp3's from spotify when i have the option, also icloud? lol? the only free amount of storage you get is 5 Gb, when my mp3 collection alone is 50, nice try
This is 100% completely false. Android audio over USB is not possible as its a data only connection (still unsure if usb c has this or not). The only option was mass storage mode which is not the same at all. Even the pioneer app radio had to use a convoluted HDMI setup which would pull the audio from the HDMI output from your phone. If it didnt have HDMI out then you where SOL. Since you dont seem to understand what i have said, apples USB interface has audio output built in. Thats why you see so many devices you just plug the phone into. You are actually playing from the device not just using it as a usb drive like android does.
What? Who is talking about $50 phones? You do realize Samsung uses woflson DACs in their exynos based phones right?
Sony is more of a mixed bag then samsung for audio quality.
No they dont need to care... Apple is the only company that has a PMP with any sort of success. The walkman line is pathetic, if they cripple their phones to help that line then they are stupid. Theres a reason Sony dont have any real presence in the US phone market.
The ipod line is far from killed off. I still see ipods all the damn time especially for kids too young for phones. I have not seen a walkman since before ipods came to be.
I was holding out hope when i still had my m8 that someone would find a way to dual boot the android and wp versions but from what i gathered the WP8 version required a special firmware setup making that impossible or at least incredibly difficult.
Audio over USB has been available since Android 5.0. 15 months ago. Hence why they can use a USB DAC and why I mentioned it. Before that was where it had to be used as mass storage (unless the manufacturer decided to add the audio over usb themselves), which required the stereo equipment to support it. Which some stereos did.
I did not realize this actually happened. This is great news. Still though apple has had audio over usb since 2003. 13 years this has been around, 4 years before the first iphone even. Why in the world did it take android 7 years to adopt this?
Ill have to run the wifes note out to my car and see if it works at all. I assume not.
Well Apple started with the iPod. It was obvious that it'd just move over to the iPhone and then the iPad, since it's the same OS.
Google was still trying to make a mobile OS in general. So audio over USB was hardly a concern. During the early days, Android really did suck. I've been using Android since Donut and it didn't become all that good, until ICS. Even with ICS, a lot of the stock apps weren't great either. I'd say JellyBean and KitKat was when Android finally was even with iOS and they could start implementing new features. Why the audio over USB probably came in Lollipop.
Personally was fine with me and probably majority of users. It won't be a commonly used feature. Hell, I still see ppl burning mp3 CDs, even though their car stereo supports a usb stick.