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NC #710 Apple Refurb Store, Apple Music on Amazon Echo, Security Bits

I was on Daily Tech News Show: Airplay 2: Remodel Boogaloo – DTNS 3429 at No live show next week. Bart comes on to tell us how much the Apple refurb store is. Then I’ll walk you through how to enable Apple Music on your Amazon Echo. The we have an extended play version of Security Bits with Bart Busschots.

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Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, December 16, 2018, and this is show number 710. This weeks show is plenty long but I didn’t actually do much in terms of blog posts. We have a lot of Bart and me to entertain you instead. Everything is better with Bart, am I right?

Chit Chat Across the Pond

Speaking of Bart, this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was installment 68 of Programming By Stealth. In this week’s show Bart shows us how to use Bootstrap to create and style navigation using the “nav” class. Navigation can be menus in a web page, or navigation around a web app and more. There’s a part in here where we get into tabs and panes, where I suspect Jill or Helma will jump in to help me get it straight. It takes a village sometimes!

You can find this episode in your podcatcher of choice under Chit Chat Across the Pond or Programming By Stealth and of course you can find it a… with a link over to Bart’s fabulous written tutorial.

Al on Daily Tech News Show

This week I had the pleasure of being on the Daily Tech News Show with Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane and Roger Chang. I had a blast as we talked about how Facebook yet again revealed a flaw that allowed people’s photos to be exposed without their knowledge, the latest in the battle between Qualcomm and Apple, how I was right that VR is dumb, and the latest spear phishing scam you’ll hear Bart and I talk about later in the show on Security Bits. The main topic was all about how I set up Apple TVs around my house using Airplay 2, as I told you about last week.

If you want to check out the latest episode, check out Airplay 2: Remodel Boogaloo – DTNS 3429 at .

No Live Show next week

Next Sunday is when we’ll be celebrating Christmas with our kids, so there won’t be a live show next week. There WILL be a NosillaCast however, because we never miss a show! Probably come out on Monday, but I’m not 100% sure about that yet. Stay tuned!

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Bart on the Refurb Store

And for a little more Bart…

In this audio-only segment, Bart talks about how he was able to get the very latest a 27″ iMac for 400 Euro off list price by getting it through the refurb store at Apple. We talk through how he planned his dream machine and then went and looked at the (unaffordable) price, and then how awesome the deal was in the refurb store.

How to Enable Apple Music on Amazon Echo

Last week Amazon announced that Apple Music was coming to the Amazon Echo on the 17th of December. In a surprise move, they came out with it on the 14th, 3 days early. You know I don’t listen to music but I pay for a family plan so my entire family can use it. They don’t, but for some reason I keep paying for it. Both Lindsay and Kyle are into the Amazon Echo, so I thought maybe this would make them use Apple Music.

I decided to figure out how to set up Apple Music on the Echo and while I was at it, why not create a tutorial with screenshots and annotations with my beloved, yet geriatric Clarify. The steps are pretty simple, but I thought I’d walk you through them anyway.

In the A-Lady app on the home screen, there’s a misshapen hamburger menu in the upper left. I’m not sure why, but the third line of the hamburger is shorter than the other two. If you tap on the icon, you’ll see a menu slide in from the left. On that menu one choice is Things to Try.

Under Things to Try you’ll see Amazon Music. On the Amazon Music screen, one very prominent option is Select Music Service. Interesting that it’s not buried in the small print somewhere it’s right up at the top.

The next page allows you to manage your existing services, which in my case included iHeartRadio and TuneIn and Spotify along with Amazon Music. Above that list it says Link New Service.

Again quite prominently shown amongst services such as SiriusXM and Pandora, you’ll see Apple Music. Select Enable to Use on the next screen, and then authenticate with your Apple ID to give Echo access to your Apple Music subscription. For some reason you have to select Allow yet again, and hit Done.

Surprisingly it then surfaces the option to choose a default music service. I says surprisingly because it would seem that even though they know you want Apple Music, they would add a little bit of sand in the gears so you’d have to hunt to move away from Amazon Music. On this screen you can choose Not Now, or Visit Music Settings.

At this point you have the option to change your Default Music Library to Apple Music. There’s a second section I don’t entirely understand called Default Station. You can change it away from Amazon Music to Apple Music. Again I’m not sure what a station is, might be like a playlist, but they have playlists too. Maybe stations are pre-created playlists? Wait, no they have those too under Playlists.

I found a page on Amazon that supposedly explains the difference between playlists and stations, but after reading it I was no more able to explain it to you.

In any case, woohoo! You can play Apple Music on your Amazon Echo devices now. Since Amazon is putting A-lady in everything now, in fact I think one of my fillings has A-lady built in, so having A-lady be able to play Apple Music is a great thing.


Every week or two I send out a plea to you to consider buying things via the Amazon Affiliate Links to products on I have to say that you guys went bananas in the last month, especially over Thanksgiving weekend! You collectively sent Amazon $8297.52! Now that’s some dedication. When you do buy through my Amazon links, a small percentage (which varies all over the map by the way) may come back as fees that help pay for the expenses of creating the Podfeet Podcasts.

I thank every one of you who have read articles, found links and then done your shopping through those links on Amazon. It truly makes a huge difference to me.

Security Bits – 14 December 2018

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter @podfeet.  Remember, everything good starts with,,,!  And if you want to join in the fun of the live show but not until the 30th of December, head on over to on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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