I thought I’d write a little summary on current media services I use, and why. I have mostly stopped buying music pressed on plastic discs, and the amount of movies I buy on-disc has also gone down. However that does not mean I don’t pay for my entertainment. Well on to the services. Music Spotify I used to use Spotify actively, mainly due to their very good selection of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and iOS-app, which has enabled me to completely stop syncing music from my computer.
As a long time professional Linux desktop user (since 2000 or so) I have used numerous desktop environments over the years. Initially Gnome1, then KDE2, then Gnome2 for a long time. With the advent of Unity and Gnome 3.x, the distro vendors primary focus has understandably switched to supporting the future instead of maintaining the past. I will not go into the discussion whether this has happened too fast, or just fast enough.
<p> AppStore is cool, but Apples rules and rights of refusal are not. There are many stories of weird rejections and strict rules against improving on the experience with apps that cover basic functionality Apple itself already have developed solutions for. This means that nobody can create a better music player (with better codec support, integrated Last.fm scrobbling or other nice features), a better video player (again maybe including support for commonly used “internet-codecs”) or release a better browser or calendar.
<p> I’ve been weighing it back and forth for a while. Which smartphone will be my first, after the Nokia N93 fiasco some years ago? (Symbian S60 seemed so cool back then.) Well, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll be an iPhone 3GS. Here is why. </p> <p> I like Android as a mobile OS, probably more than iPhone OSX. But, and this is an important objection, there is no comparably cool hardware devices out yet to run Android.