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A few weeks ago, Apple officially classified the original 12-inch MacBook from 2023 as “vintage.” This comes as Apple drops support for the machine with this fall’s release of macOS Monterey. Fortunately, Apple actually released three other variations of the machine between 2023 and 2023 before officially discontinuing it in 2023. Two years after Apple stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook, I’m still heartbroken that the machine fell victim to consumers’ undying love for the MacBook Air. With Apple Silicon and M1, it’s time to think about bringing it back.

I used an early 2023 12-inch MacBook as my primary computer for three years. I loved that machine, and the news of its predecessor being classified as “vintage” has rekindled my love for it. While it was never a speed demon, completing power-hungry tasks was worth the wait. The tiny, ultra thin, and ultra light frame made it the perfect portable Mac. But you compromised by having Photoshop choke a few times.

In terms of hardware, it had a stunning eye-popping Retina display and a single USB-C port. The VGA webcam was mediocre, but the force touch trackpad was as excellent as ever. The worst thing, though? It had a butterfly keyboard. Apple killed off the 12-inch MacBook before it updated the entire lineup with scissor switch-based magic keyboards.

The 12-inch MacBook also used low-power Intel chips. The first few iterations used Core M chips, including the Core m3 and the Core m5. The final 2023/18 model was offered in more powerful Intel Core i5 and i7 configurations. None of them would ever have held a flame to the Apple Silicon machines we have today, even the M1 iPad Pro. The 12-inch MacBook’s hardware, aside from its chipset, was effectively an iPad in MacBook clothing. The M1 chip could enable a 12-inch MacBook to be incredibly powerful today. Despite the MacBook Air only having a 1-inch larger display, the overall chassis is significantly larger and slightly heavier.

A nearly perfect 12-inch Mac notebook would take the previous design and add a scissor switch keyboard. Throw in an M1 chip, and you’ve got a perfect portable Mac. The new chipset would undoubtedly help increase battery life and keep the machine from getting too hot.

The revised 2023 gold MacBook

One of the core issues with the 12-inch MacBook’s positioning was its price point. It was more expensive than the MacBook Air despite it having much less horsepower. The MacBook Air started at only $899, and that price remained attractive even though the machine didn’t have a Retina display and a modern design. The MacBook was also the exact same price as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which had a larger Retina display, better performance, and more ports.

The ridiculously confusing 2023 MacBook family

Fortunately, Apple was eventually able to upgrade the MacBook Air and bring the cost of components down. At first, the Retina MacBook Air was priced at $1,199, but today, you can buy a MacBook Air with a P3 wide color gamut display, 256GB of storage, an M1 chip, and two USB-C ports for just $999. It’s significantly better than the 12-inch MacBook ever was. Students can even get the M1 MacBook Air for just $899.

Instead of simply reviving the MacBook name, I think Apple should do something a bit more logical. It should offer two different sizes of the MacBook Air again. There have been plenty of reports that the company is working on a new larger 14-inch MacBook Pro to complement the 16-inch model. What if Apple also slimmed down the bezels and introduced a larger 14-inch MacBook Air alongside a smaller 12-inch MacBook Air?

My proposed MacBook lineup

Apple could then offer two MacBooks at a popular standard size, as well as two more niche options. A smaller, more affordable notebook for consumers and a larger, more expensive model for professionals. With the current 13-inch MacBook Air being so efficient and affordable, there’s no reason to believe that Apple couldn’t or wouldn’t create a smaller option again. After all, the company offers an 11-inch iPad + keyboard + pencil combo that costs $1,199.

12″ MacBook next to my 12″ MacBook Air concept

As you can see, I imagine the next generation MacBook Air with a light gray or white display bezel like the new iMac. I also would love to see it in a variety of new color options. I imagined what a new MacBook Air might look like right after Apple introduced the new iMac back in April. Soon after, we heard from several sources that Apple is working on new MacBook Airs that feel more like the new iMac.

The smaller, 12-inch form factor is much better for travel. It’s lighter, thinner, and now could be more powerful with Apple Silicon. I’ve been using my old 2023 12-inch MacBook for a few days, and I completely forgot just how much better this size is compared to the current 13-inch MacBook Air. It’s also a better machine because it can stack up to the 11-inch iPad Pro. You get a small, similarly sized computer, but it runs macOS instead.

The 12-inch MacBook was simply too far ahead of its time. Its futuristic design was leaps and bounds ahead of processors that could keep up with powerful workflows. Now, with Apple Silicon, the company could finally create the 12-inch MacBook it had preached about. An ultra powerful, incredibly thin, and impossibly light Mac that can do anything and go anywhere.

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Google’s Baby Algorithms: How To Think About Them For Seo

Everything that is man-made is knowable.

That includes the Google algorithm.

But that doesn’t mean the algorithm is known.

In the 20+ years, I’ve been doing SEO, I’ve seen thousands of theories around how the search engine algorithms work – specifically Google’s algorithm.

Everyone from Ivy League PhDs to street smart elementary school dropouts search for a silver bullet – a trick or technique that will allow a website to rank for any keyword or topic desired.

I’ve seen some SEO professionals find things that work for a time.

I’ve seen black hats seemingly rank at-will for anything they want – for a time.

But the tricks never work for long.

I’ve never been a fan of silver bullets or manipulative tricks to rank for specific terms or topics.

I don’t believe that SEO is rocket science.

There are those that would have you believe if you can just plug the right numbers into a mathematical formula, you’ll be able to rank.

The problem is those numbers are constantly in flux – and if Google sees that someone has figured out how to mathematically manipulate their system, they change the numbers.

Let’s face it, when we try to reverse engineer Google algorithm, no matter how smart we are, we are akin to someone trying to find a specific red dot in a Jackson Pollock painting while blindfolded.

No, SEO isn’t rocket science.

It’s more like plumbing.

You don’t need to understand how to build a sewer system, you just need to understand how the pipes work and be willing to get your hands dirty while working hard.

The Rise of the Baby Algorithm

Earlier this month at Pubcon, Google’s Gary Illyes said something that validated my current thinking around rankings in general.

Illyes said:

“We have probably millions of baby algorithms and they act differently. They might do something that triggers more crawls on certain sites. It solely depends on the algo and what it’s trying to do.”

In other words, what works in Google for one topic may not work for other topics.

Each topic might have its own “baby algorithm.”

That means that the ranking criteria for keywords around mortgage topics will be different from the ranking criteria for recipes.

This makes sense to anyone optimizing for topics in multiple verticals.

There is no overarching, unified tactic that will definitively get any site to rank for a topic.

What works in vertical may very well flop in another.

The confirmation of many different Google algorithms by Illyes solidifies that adage that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy in modern SEO.

Modern SEO is tried and true best practices coupled with marketing nuance and hours and hours of testing.

SEO as Fishing

I love metaphors.

When I heard Illyes talk about baby algorithms – it wasn’t cute cuddly infants that came to my mind.

It was ponds, lakes, rivers, and oceans.

And fish.

In my mind’s eye, I saw a vast interactive landscape filled with thousands of varied bodies of water.

In each pond were different types of fish.

The ponds that held bass didn’t have sharks – the sharks were in the bigger bodies of water.

Lots of folks were casting lines into the ponds.

Some of these folks were using the wrong bait.

Some folks were trying to catch sharks with worms while others tried to catch bass with large squid.

Periodically, a fishing guide would help a fisherman by suggesting a different bait – or moving them to another pond that had the type of fish they were looking for.

What can I say, I have a vivid imagination.

Of course, in this metaphor, the bodies of water are the aforementioned baby algorithms.

The guides are SEO professionals.

If you’ve done much fishing, you know that the right bait and the right placement can determine success or failure.

The same goes for SEO.

Some of the baby algorithms Illyes refers to appear to be more sensitive to technical SEO aspects.

Some of these baby algorithms respond best to great content.

Some are more prone to rank sites with solid backlink profiles.

The trick to not just to understand what is working in the baby algorithm where you are “fishing”, but to be able to find the right baby algorithm body of water.

You won’t catch freshwater fish in the ocean.

And you won’t get customers for a mortgage company if you are trying to optimize for a travel-based baby algorithm.

There are plenty of people out there that can catch fish without a guide.

If you are dropping a line in a well-stocked pond, it’s hard not to catch a fish.

But in SEO, there aren’t very many well-stocked ponds and the competition among fishermen can be brutal.

That’s where the SEO comes in.

Think of an SEO as the fishing guide who can understand what types of fish lurk in each body of water.

SEO professionals also understand the bait to use to catch particular fish.

A good SEO will move you from a baby algorithm pond to the baby algorithm ocean if you need to catch sharks.

SEO professionals may not know each individual baby algorithm, but experience has taught them how to find the right place and use the right bait for each type of fish – even if it may take some trial and error to land the right combination of bait and location.

Just throwing a line into a pond won’t work for most companies.

Sure, you might get lucky and catch a few small fish.

I’ve fished a lot in my life, and I can tell you when I can afford a good fishing guide, I hire one.

I will always catch more fish with a guide than on my own.

In SEO, if you don’t know the right bait or the right body of water to cast your line in, you need a guide.

Good SEO professionals are those guides – we find the right baby algorithm and right bait for our company or our clients to catch the fish they need to feed their loved ones.

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Opinion: Does Watchos 2 Make It Time For ‘First

I described my own journey with the Apple Watch, from smartwatch skeptic to daily user, in a four-part diary (parts one, two, three and four). My uncertainty was less to do with the specifics of the Apple Watch and more to do with whether there was a role in my life for any kind of smartwatch.

But there are those who have been holding off for another reason: they steer clear of first-generation Apple products of all kinds. Their thinking is that the 1st-gen model tends to have a bunch of glitches, with the 2nd-gen product not just getting those worked out but also adding significantly to the functionality too.

This is a perfectly reasonable viewpoint, with significant historical evidence behind it – from the original Macintosh onward (one could even say from the Apple I). But with Apple having added a whole bunch of functionality to the existing Watch via watchOS 2, has the company managed to give the first-gen refuseniks enough reason to reconsider … ? 

We outlined on Monday the main new features added – with screengrabs and video – and it’s a lengthy list. Apple describes the Watch as its most personal device yet, and I think that’s a description which very much applies to its applications. What one person finds crucial may be irrelevant to someone else. For that reason, the features I highlight here may or may not be the ones that persuade you to take another look, and you may not agree with my classifications, but let’s see …

Small deals

Apple added a few things I consider pretty minor, but they do still add slightly to the appeal. The city time-lapse watch faces, for example. Minor, but a sign that more watch faces are likely to be added, and for a device selling itself as much on fashion as functionality, more choice in how the device looks when you turn your wrist can only be a good thing.

Nightstand mode, similarly, offers a minor improvement in usability when used as a bedside clock. For some, it might even be enough to allow them to dispense with their existing clock.

But nobody who was holding out is likely to change their mind over such minor enhancements.

Medium deals

I would put a bunch of the watchOS 2 features into the ‘medium deals’ category.

I said that time-lapse watch faces were trivial, but I think the two photo faces – Single Photo and Photo Album – are more important. A tiny watch screen isn’t the best of ways to sit and scroll through photos, but seeing a photo of your partner, or your kids, every time you glance at your watch is a nice touch. I can see that holding reasonable appeal, and was surprised that such a seemingly simple feature didn’t make it into the original version of watchOS.

Similarly, with the Friends screen. While nobody wants to store hundreds of contacts on the watch, twelve was always too restrictive, especially as they had to mix friends, work colleagues and other numbers you might call frequently, such as a local minicab company. Having two or three screens of categorized contacts does make the Watch a lot more useful as a means of contacting someone.

Native apps, too, will make a significant difference – hopefully ending the delays I complained about previously.

The ability to reply to emails directly on the watch – either with a canned response, as per Messages, or by dictating to Siri – could be a big-ish deal for some. I’m mostly desk-based, so can’t see myself making too much use of it personally, but for someone who is on the move a great deal and receives a lot of email requiring only short replies, this could be very handy.

Maps with mass transit support similarly. The ability to navigate by wrist taps is very convenient (and safer in sketchy areas, with no technology visibly in use), and this makes it significantly more useful for those who live in big cities and thus avoid driving whenever possible. Support for Activation Lock will also help reduce theft fears – another feature that should definitely have been there from the start.

Adding store cards and merchant rewards to Apple Pay makes the Watch more useful as a method of payment. Not something I’ve been able to try yet in the UK, but looking forward to doing so next month.

Proper support for third-party workout apps could be a medium deal for fitness fans. Everyone tends to have their own favorite app, so the ability of the watch to log data from all apps will definitely make it more appealing.

Finally, in the medium-deal category, I’d place haptic feedback from third-party apps. It’s one of those small-sounding things that I think could make a big difference to those who care primarily about a small number of apps, like third-party IM apps. A haptic tap is more discreet than a sound, and can also be felt in noisy environments, where an audible alert might be missed.

Big deals

Two enhancements that are, to me, big deals – one addressing passive use of the watch, viewing information, the other interacting with it.

Passive viewing first. To me, any smartwatch is mostly about at-a-glance information. That’s the real selling-point: instead of having to pull your phone out of your pocket to see what an alert was, or check your next appointment, you can simply glance at your wrist.

So I think something that sounds small – support for third-party complications on watch faces – is actually huge. I mentioned in my diary series that I stick exclusively to the Modular face precisely because it maximizes the amount of data I can see at a glance. So far, I’ve been limited to the fields Apple allows me to view, but being able to import data from third-party apps will substantially increase the utility of the watch to me.

On the interaction side, I think teaching Siri new tricks will make a very big difference. I’m a huge Siri fan, using it as my preferred input method for most things I do on my phone, so perhaps I’m biased – but to me, asking Siri to display a Glance is a lot quicker and easier than swiping up then sideways until I reach the one I want.

But even those who are only moderate Siri fans are, I think, going to be won over by Siri’s new-found ability to control HomeKit devices. You walk into your home, raise your wrist and tell Siri to switch on the living-room lights and turn up the AC. That, to me, is the closest thing yet to a killer app for the Watch.

Is it all enough?

Personally, I think the big deals plus the medium ones are sufficient to at least give the first-generation avoiders pause for thought.

But I do recognize that while software enhancements are one thing, hardware improvements another. And nobody outside Apple knows yet what the new hardware may offer. The smart money has to be on an extra sensor or two. Maybe better battery-life (though honestly, the only times I’ve run out of power before the end of the day were when I was getting up at 5.45am and going to bed at midnight – not something I intend to make a habit).

Will there be visible differences? A slimmer model is always a possibility. Despite my first impressions, compare the Apple Watch to most conventional watches, and it’s not thick. It’s about the same as many, thinner than some. But if the iPhone and iPad has taught us anything, it’s that mass-market consumers want slim devices – and Apple works hard to cater to their tastes.

Buying a 1st-gen product is a gamble. But then so is buying at any other time: there’s always going to be a better model next time around. For me, I think buying the Sport model with Sport band is a reasonable compromise. You get the benefits of the watch today – with the enhancements added by watchOS 2 – but will have something easily resellable and won’t have so much invested in it that you’ll cry when Apple announces the next one.

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5 Signs You Know It’s Time To Switch Tv Providers

Do you often think about switching TV providers? If you’re simply not happy with the service you’ve received and you think you’re finally fed up; it might be time to switch TV providers.

Switching your TV provider can work out great if you do your research before switching. You can get more channels, a lower bill, better equipment, and all the great new customer deals that are currently available.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to finally make the switch or the thought of switching TV providers scares you, here’s five signs you know it’s time to switch TV providers and finally get the TV service your family wants.

5 Signs You Know It’s Time to Switch TV Providers 1. Your Favorite Channel Is Blacked Out

Has your favorite channel gone dark? If it’s in the middle of a blackout, there’s no telling when your channel will be back up. Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid a blackout; TV providers will always negotiate their rates with broadcast networks at the end of their agreements.

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2. Your Bill Keeps Going Up

Has your monthly TV bill gone up again? If you’re tired of the rising cost of TV service providers or can’t stretch the family budget any further to afford your current service, you have options.

You can either give in and pay the higher bill, negotiate with your current TV provider, or look for internet provider that offer bundled packages that includes internet and TV subscription or subscribe to a new TV provider.

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 3. You Plan On Moving Soon

If you plan on moving soon, it just makes sense to research all the TV options that are available at your new address. You might find better TV service with more channels, a better rate, better tech or that your current TV provider isn’t even available.

Let’s face the cold harsh reality of subscribing to TV service; you won’t get a better deal with any TV provider than the deal you get when you first sign up.

Introductory rates, free upgrades, free add-ons, free prepaid gift cards and free streaming devices are usually all reserved for new customers only. Loyal customers don’t get any sort of breaks or deals for remaining a loyal customer.

4. Your Plagued By Service Outages Often

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 5. You’re Not Happy With Your Current Service

No matter how big or small your TV problems have been, if you’re repeatedly not happy with your current service and nothing ever seems to be resolved, it’s time to switch your TV provider. It’s not worth the constant stress and there is another TV provider out there will provide better service.

Jenna Gabat

Jenna Gabat is a passionate tech-savvy mama blogger from chúng tôi and chúng tôi She loves writing about SEO, Marketing, technology, gadgets, and reaction blogs for movies. She is an avid traveler and a fan of different cultures and beliefs, immersing in various rural regions to contribute a voice to the oppressed by means of raising social awareness and participation in the community.

One Telltale Sign It’s Time To Replace Your Laptop Battery

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The pace of progress with a lot of consumer technology has finally slowed down. In 2010, a three year-old laptop was two years out of date. Now, it’s common to see people holding onto phones and computers for a lot longer which has prevented us from constantly splurging to upgrade our gadgets. 

But some components cannot keep up with the longer lives of our devices, which has resulted in more and more people having to deal with major battery problems. 

“Batteries are consumable”, explains Craig Lloyd, head of content operations at iFixit, “and more people are starting to realize that.” 

A few years ago if your battery died it made more sense to just get a new smartphone. But people are starting to realize that getting a new battery will leave their phones as good as new. And that’s more than enough to run the latest apps—even for devices with two or three years of use. 

In most cases, you’ll notice something is up with a battery because the power in your phone or laptop won’t last as long between charges. Some devices will also notify you when a battery is approaching the end of its rated lifespan. Devices running MacOS, for example, are known for notifying users earlier than other operating systems when batteries are holding a subpar amount of energy. 

What happens when a battery “dies”?

Each time you put your battery through a charge cycle—where it uses all its stored power and is then fully recharged—you wear it down a little. That’s because you can recharge your battery at its full capacity only a limited number of times. You can find this stat for your device online or in the product manuals under maximum rated cycle count.

However, when a smartphone, laptop, and other consumer device batteries “die” they mostly just won’t hold a charge for as long. 

“My wife’s laptop went seven years before I replaced the battery,” says Lloyd, “And it was at the point where the battery only lasted an hour or two when it should have lasted eight or ten.” 

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But this doesn’t affect the device, which is still safe to use and won’t suddenly explode. Those kinds of failures are normally the result of manufacturing defects or damage, not regular use, explains Lloyd. If you’re curious, you can check how many cycles your laptop has already gone through and compare it to its rated lifespan as stated in its user’s manual. 

On a PC, open Command Prompt (you can find it by searching for it next to the start menu), type powercfg /batteryreport, and then hit Enter. Next, open File Explorer and go to your user folder. (If you have trouble finding it, type C:Users[YOUR USERNAME] in the folder navigation bar. Once you’re there, open the file called battery-report.html. There you’ll find your battery’s cycle count, as well as other information about it like how much capacity it currently has. 

When to replace your device battery

In short, whenever you want to.

Regardless of what your laptop or smartphone is telling you, if your device is still performing normally, you don’t have to change the battery. And even if it’s not holding as much charge as it used to, if it’s still lasting long enough for you, then you don’t have to do anything about it. It’s only when the drop in performance starts to affect you that you really need to get another one. 

But if you’re planning to keep your gadgets around for longer, you should plan on replacing their battery at some point. 

“You have to think of your phone like a car,” says Lloyd. “There are things that can degrade and wear out over time that just need to be replaced.”

How to replace a battery

How easy it will be to replace a battery will depend on the device you’re working with. It can be a simple process involving a single screw, or an incredibly complicated enterprise that requires you to disassemble your entire computer and melt an incredibly sticky adhesive while you try not to break anything (we’re looking at you Apple). 

If the battery starts to fail within the warranty period, the easiest thing to do is to contact the manufacturer, as they might cover the part and the replacement. If your warranty is expired, you can take your device to a repair store—or replace the battery yourself. 

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If you choose the DIY path, check out iFixit’s step by step guides to see what’s involved. Keep in mind that it may be a bigger job than you’re prepared to do, and if that’s the case, it’s totally fine to reach out to a repair shop. If you feel confident and are ready to get your hands dirty, iFixit also sells kits that include reputable sourced parts and all the tools you’ll need for most popular devices. 

Opinion: First Impressions After Migrating From Apple Music To Spotify

For quite a while I’ve been thinking about switching from Apple Music to Spotify. I’ve been an Apple Music user since day one and rely on the Apple ecosystem for everything (from AirPods to HomePod and all other Apple devices), so I thought this would be a tough decision.

In April, I decided that I’d finally give Spotify a chance, and I’ve got some initial thoughts: the good, the bad, and all the surprises along the way. A couple of weeks from now, I’ll give my final opinion on whether I stick with Spotify or whether I return to Apple Music.

Migrating from Apple Music to Spotify Why did I decide to try Spotify?

Apple Music has seen brighter days: wrong covers, delays to new albums and songs, and content missing have been occurring a lot recently. Spotify, on the other hand, recently rolled out a new user interface, and I’ve always wanted to try all of the social experiences on the music streaming service. This includes connecting to more friends, sharing my playlists, and getting to know more about Spotify’s “magical” algorithm.

How did I migrate my library?

To start my experience with Spotify, I had to migrate all my library from one service to another, and I wouldn’t be able to do that one song per time. That’s why I used FreeYourMusic. It’s a free-to-download app, but to migrate an entire library, a onetime purchase is required.

After more than a day of migrating my whole library, most of my playlists and songs looked alright. Surprisingly, the app was able to match most of my songs, but, for some reason, it had a lot of trouble with the Beatles – music rights? – and I’ve now got a lot of Beatles covers instead of the original albums. If you want to know more about how to transfer Apple Music songs to Spotify (or any other music streaming service, actually), check out our full coverage here.

Spotify is the same price as Apple Music: $9.99/month on the individual plan, but unlike Apple Music, you only have one month for free as a Spotify Premium user, and Apple Music gives you three months.

The good about Spotify All my friends are here

Apple Music always felt like an empty party. Sure, I have many friends that use the streaming service, but Apple doesn’t focus that much on friends’ playlists, what they’re listening to, and ways to engage with them, such as creating collaborative playlists.

The first thing I noticed was how many of my Facebook friends are on Spotify: more than 400. On Apple Music, I have around 20 friends, and that’s only if I consider Eddy Cue a friend.

I of course didn’t add all 400 of them. In fact, this also got me thinking about how personal listening to music is. I added only people I really care about, and I think it’s fun to know what they’re listening to while I’m working on my Mac.

Sound quality, handoff, and lots of playlists

I always heard that Spotify doesn’t have the best sound quality, and that’s true if you’re using the free tier subscription. But if you’re paying for Spotify, you can set the streaming quality to “Very High” or 320 kbit/s. You’ll also be able to stream in a HiFi quality with a newer subscription tier later this year.

At this point, 320 kbit/s is better than Apple’s AAC on Apple Music, which is available only in songs labeled as Apple Digital Masters. You can’t know if a song has this label on Apple Music, you have to search for the album on the iTunes Store and see if the artists master their songs with Apple’s own coding.

I’m not an audiophile, but I can say I have been enjoying my songs a bit more on Spotify with the AirPods Pro than I did with Apple Music. What’s weird is that I don’t hear any difference when using the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which means both music streaming services sound good for me.

One thing I loved about Spotify is the seamless integration between devices. I can continue a song on my Mac that is playing on the iPhone. It’s just a tap away using Spotify’s powerful Connect platform.

Apple kind of has this with the HomePod, but I’ve found Spotify Connect to be far more reliable than Handoff and AirPlay.

Last but not least, it’s fun to see the Daily Mix playlists with exactly what I love to listen to. That’s different from Apple Music, in which I focus the most on my Library. I’ve been using the “Home” tab on Spotify a lot more. I can easily see what I have recently listened to and start playing my favorite songs with just two taps.

The bad about Spotify HomePod integration

AirPlaying Spotify to the HomePod is weird. While it technically works OK, the sound quality seems lower than when compared to Apple Music. It could be my impression only, but it feels like HomePod doesn’t give its full sound potential when I use AirPlay with Spotify.

Additionally, there is no way to interact with Spotify using HomePod. While Apple added this technology, Pandora is the only music player to incorporate it so far. Whether or not Spotify is working on this feature remains to be seen, but it’s a glaring omission right now.

I also tried linking my Spotify account to my third-generation Amazon Echo, and both streaming services sound the same.

There’s a lot of playlists and I want to listen to my songs

You just heard from me that playlists are a great part of Spotify, but at the same time, it feels like it’s the only one. I have this feeling that the app forces you to discover new songs, and every time you finish an album, it just keeps playing a similar thing.

That’s nice, but sometimes I just want to finish an album and that’s it. Or I just want to listen to one specific song. But this has also shown me that I use music streaming services differently than most people.

Most people probably listen to an album or playlist, right? Well, I like to shuffle all my downloaded songs every now and then, and finding your entire library of songs in Spotify isn’t as easy as in Apple Music.

This algorithmic approach to music has its pros and its cons. As much as discovering new songs is great, most of the time I just want to jump to Folklore by Taylor Swift, Battle Born by The Killers, or Milo Greene’s self-titled album, and that’s it.


There’s still some time until I decide whether I’m going to keep on using Spotify or to go back to Apple Music. In the meantime, I’d like to hear what you like the most about Spotify, and what you want me to try while I’m testing the service.

Stay tuned for my next article on Spotify vs. Apple Music, where I’ll try to talk more about my overall experience and Spotify’s features that I haven’t yet had time to test.

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