Who's Actually Buying iPods These Days?

So who are iPods for? They’re for people who don’t have a smartphone, and that’s about it. This makes complete sense, though. The smartphone came in and ate so many products’ lunch. Apple’s iPhone can do everything these iPods can do and do so much more as well.

While I don’t agree with all of this article, it does make some good points.

Password Sharing And Why Netflix/HBO Can't Stop It

Netflix, HBO and other Internet video-subscription providers are theoretically leaving megabucks on the table from customers nefariously sharing login info with nonpaying users. So why aren’t they aggressively trying to block the millions of freeloaders gorging on “Game of Thrones” or “Orange Is the New Black”?

The simple reason? They haven’t figured out a way to stop people from sharing accounts without affecting the user experience.

The New iPod Touch

Sporting an A5 processor from three years ago, many believed the iPod Touch may be discontinued, but in a (somewhat) surprising press release, Apple has announced a new iPod Touch complete with an A8 processor.

☆ Distractions

I’m writing this article on my iPhone. 

Maybe the fact I’m writing this article on my iPhone isn’t as big of a deal as why I’m not writing it on my 27-inch iMac. 

I type faster on my Mac. I have access to a full suite of powerful editing tools. It’s way easier for multi-tasking and probably more ergonomic. But there is one thing my iMac has which makes it difficult at times to use as a writing tool. 


I’m a easily distracted person on many levels. It’s something I’ve come to terms with the past few years – just how easy my mind can wander into ‘la-la land’ – away from where it should be. While it’s not always a bad thing to be distracted (I can think of a few ways to argue the opposite), it’s most troubling when I write. 

I write for many reasons. I write because I love it. I write because it’s a creative output. I write because I enjoy having a body of work to share with family and friends. 

But I don’t write because I have to. 

This is where my tendency to become distracted is a problem.  

My writing flow often starts with a gut feeling to be creative. 

The Process

“I’m going to write,” my mind would say if it had an external voice. 

I load up my iMac, launch my favorite text editor (Byword) and I start typing away. 

“Music! I forgot music. Feels strange to write without music,” my mind says once more. 

I load up iTunes and start playing some music. I notice I have unread tweets so I switch to Tweetbot. I wonder if there are any good vinyls on Amazon right now and decide to take a look. 

I kid you not, this is how my mind works. Before I know it I’ve completely given up on writing and find myself lost browsing the Internet, wondering what I was doing in the first place. 

The Solution

When I write on the iPhone, I don’t have this problem. Opening an app creates a single vision where all external distractions are tamed. 

Something about how iOS is designed helps me to forget that distractions are a home button press away. My mind is not tempted to wander.

Instead I write. And write some more. 

Before you mention full-screen Mac apps to me, don’t bother, I’ve already tried. It didn’t help. 

While there’s still a spot for the Mac in my life, I enjoy exploring alternatives, mainly the iPhone. It’s easy to dismiss the power of this extremely thin computer that fits in your pocket and has all-day battery life.

For me, it could easily be the best writing tool of our generation.