A La Carte (May 19)

Missing a Few Beats - David Sparks relates his new experience with Beats Music, the streaming service that everyone’s talking about these days. David’s own experience seems about right, and it’s not clear whether Apple’s faithful truly understand where streaming music fits into their music digests. “Ironically, this experiment with Beats has led me to buy more music than usual through iTunes as a result of discovery new tracks. I’m probably doing this wrong.”

One is Sports the Other is Video Games. So what? - John Gruber faces the reality that watching video games online is not all that different from watching broadcast sports. “My 10-year-old son loves watching videos of people playing video games. I thought this was odd at first, in a grumpy dad “These kids today…” way. Then last week, while watching my beloved New York Yankees for the umpteenth time this year, it hit me: there’s nothing different about watching video of one sort of game (video) than another (sports).”

The Largest Dinosaur - One may assume this cool bone belonged to the largest animal to ever roam the earth, but all this awesome find proves is that there was at least one dinosaur this big, which means there were probably others. “There’s always a bigger fish.” (Unless there isn’t.)

Breaking iTunes into Pieces - Stephen Hackett, along with many other sane individuals, would like to see iTunes return to its roots and drop the extras off as separate apps. “… putting media purchasing in another (read: better) app could help sales of music, movies and TV shows. Podcasts could enjoy a bigger spotlight. Apps could be treated like first-class citizens, not an add-on to an existing experience.”

A Visit to Galloping Ghost- I love classic video game arcades, like the ones I played in as a child. Galloping Ghost has 400+ games, and runs business today like nothing has changed in the last 30 years. Long live video arcades!

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.