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HomePod: A Great Apple Music Accessory

Apple and music have always had a strong connection. I remember when I was first getting into music production and moving from an analog set up to a digital one, every person I talked to said you need to get a Mac. I didn’t understand at first; I had a perfectly capable PC and a copy of Cakewalk Sonar that I was trying to figure out how to use. It wasn’t until I went to college and was able to use a Mac Pro in a recording studio that I realized it was more than just the Apple hardware and software. Music was part of Apple’s culture as a business. It didn’t matter what new hardware or software was being released. There was always music angle and throughout the years we’ve seen it change with Apple Music more recently and now HomePod

Apple AirPods Review

While Apple's major products have been receiving incremental updates in recent years, it's major innovation seems to happening in its accessories. The Apple Pencil brought drawing and writing to iPad Pro . The Smart Keyboard brought a compact and effortless way to enable typing on the go. Apple Watch brought “smart watches" to the main stream, redefining the category and highlighting the benefits a smart device on your wrist. Yes there were some bumps in the beginning but with the release of watchOS 3, many issues were addressed and fitness was brought to the forefront. 

iPad Pro Review

For my last review on the Apple TV (4th Generation I did something out of the ordinary for me. I wrote the entire review using my iPad Air and a Kanex Bluetooth Keyboard. My iPad was primarily a consumption device. I would mainly use it to catch up on news, watch videos and play the occasional game. With the release of iOS 9, I began taking advantage of some of the new multitasking features. Slide-over made it extremely easy to look up information while writing the article and the new keyboard shortcuts, especially "command+tabbing" between apps, was a fantastic new addition. By the time I was finished I realized I actually enjoyed writing the article on my iPad. This sparked my interest in upgrading. I'm now the proud owner of an iPad Pro.

Apple TV (4th Generation) Review

Apple TV has become an essential part of my living room ever since I purchased the the second generation of the device in 2010. I never upgraded to the third generation since the only improvements were a bump to 1080p from 720p and increased processing speed. I told myself I would skip that generation and wait for next one like many of us do. Little did I know I would have to wait 5 years to get my hands on a new Apple TV. Towards the end of the Apple TV 2's life, I began to experience weird glitches, endless buffering and the way too often random restart. When the newest Apple TV was announced I knew I would be there on day one.

Apple Music Review

After using Apple Music for almost a month now, I feel comfortable giving my full review on the streaming service. While far from perfect, Apple's intro to the streaming music world does have some bright spots but also feels far behind some of the competition. I've used other streaming like Spotify and Rdio so lets see how Apple Music stacks up against these services.

Apple Watch

I like many others was on the fence about whether or not I needed an Apple Watch in my life. I've been wanting a fitness tracker for some time so getting an Apple branded wearable seemed obvious. Everything else that came along with the watch was an extra added benefit for me.