I’ll talk about what tech things we used and learned more about in Paris including improvements in Project Fi, VPN challenges, Apple Pay, calorie metrics with Apple Watch and high-speed trains. Bart barges in on the show to tell me about how he uses a combination of smart playlists and modifications in Overcast to create the best of both worlds. I’ll tell you about a really cool button I found on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II to automatically shoot HDR shots. Bart joins us again for an out-of-band Security Bits to talk about the kerfuffle about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
Bart’s Let’s Talk Apple show hits 50 episodes. In Dumb Question I’ll attempt answer whether someone should use Apple Photos or Google Photos (and I’m not as biased as you would expect). In a huge deviation from my published policy, I’ll give you a Tiny Tip about sharing existing playlists in iOS 11. Bezalel review of three products to bring wireless Qi charging to more “mature” iPhones. I’ll tell you the tale of adventure Steve, Pat Dengler and I went through to acquire the iPhone X, and I’ll give you some first impressions. Again, not as biased as you would expect (although I do use the word “magical” more than once.)
I’m going to break my cardinal rule. I’m going to give you a tip about music. I’ve always said I will never help anyone with iTunes or anything related to music. Ask Honda Bob how many times he’s called me asking for help in iTunes and just write back, “nope”.
I guess I should explain why I’m breaking my own rule.
You know I’m a big fan of Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. In Part 3 of Don’s iOS 11 tutorials, he covered changes to the Music app. One of the fun features Don demonstrated was how you can share playlists. I’ve heard people like to do that sort of thing.
Don explained that if you have any existing playlists, you can’t share them; you have to create new playlists to share them. That got me curious. On my iPad, while on the elliptical at the gym, I took a look at the Music app. I was hoping I’d created a playlist at some point.
Then I remembered that for our grandson Forbes’s first birthday, Lindsay’s party theme of Wild Things required a playlist. I took charge of this critical task and as people hollered out ideas, I went into Apple Music and added them to a Wild Things playlist.
Don demonstrated in his tutorial how in the new version of Music on iOS when you create a new playlist, there’s a switch that says “Show on My Profile and in Search”. That’s what we’re looking for on an existing Playlist.
As Don demonstrated, if you open an existing Playlist, and hit the three dots you’ll see an option to Share, However, this simply opens the standard share sheet to send it to someone via email or text message, not to share through Apple Music.
Within that same menu though, there’s a button to Add to a Playlist. Well, it sure makes more sense to hit Share, but it turns out you can add an existing playlists to playlists. I clicked on Add to a Playlist… And from there selected New Playlist… and gave it a new name. I called mine Wild Things 2 because I’m just that creative. Within that new playlist is the lovely Show on My Profile and Search option that we seek.
After I found this, I searched for Don in shared music and followed him. He must have fallen out of his chair when he saw the follow because he knows that music is definitely not my thing. He followed me back and verified that Wild Things 2 was visible to him. I was so excited to figure this out for him!
So there. I gave you one tip about music. Don’t expect to ever see another one.
This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond is Lynda Gousha and I talking about the new hotness, and I recommend listening to the latest Let’s Talk Apple at lets-talk.ie/… if you want to really understand the Irish tax kerfuffle with Apple. We got the chance to actually use the PowerAll Power Bank to jump start our car. We have two Dumb Questions, one about how to figure out what photos aren’t in any album in Apple Photos, and the second asking why people care about Playlists. That launches me into an explanation of how I finally was able to get Pocketcasts to do what I lost when they removed playlists. We’ve now got a Patreon set up for the NosillaCast, so please head over to podfeet.com/patreon and pledge some money to help the show, but ONLY if you can afford it! I’ve decided to take on the challenge of building my own IRC chat server (with a lot of help from Bart of course) so I walk you through what we’ve done so far.
Hello Granny, congratulations on your first Grand Geek. I’ll assume it’s okay to say “Grand Geek” because any baby brought in by Apple Watch has got to be a Grand Geek, right?
Anyway, Todd McCann from the Trucker Dump Podcast. Here’s the problem to be solved. I am apparently an idiot. I keep hearing the podcasters I listen to and any reviews I see about new podcasting apps, everything revolves around podcast playlists. For the life of me I can’t figure out why anybody would want to make a podcast playlist.
I mean, music? Sure! 3 minute song, there’s a whole bunch of them, want to listen to a whole bunch in a row, I understand. Podcasts? 45 minutes, an hour, 2 hours if you’re looking at MacBreak Weekly, something like that, why would you want to make a podcast playlist when you’re only going to be looking for a new podcast every 45 minutes or so.
What is the point? What am I missing?