MacVoices #23190: MacVoices Live! – Google Leaves Domain Registration; Spotify Changes Again (3)

In the final part of this MacVoices Live! session, Chuck JoinerJim ReaDavid GinsburgBen RoethigBrian Flanigan-Arthurs, Web BixbyMark Fuccio and Eric Bolden discuss Google’s surprising decision to exit the domain name registration business. They delve into the reasons behind this move and speculate on Google’s motives, considering the competition and low margins in the domain business. The panel also explores Spotify’s recent news and changes, including a fine for GDPR violations and the departure of Harry and Megan from their podcast stable. They discuss Spotify’s struggle to find success beyond Joe Rogan and the upcoming launch of their hi-fi or lossless service. (Part 3)


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Show Notes:


0:00:01 Google Exiting Domain Name Registration Business
0:01:53 The value of older machines and repurposing them
0:03:35 Hooking Users on the Product or the Process?
0:04:43 Google’s Strange Move into the Domain Registration Business
0:06:40 Speculations on Google’s Motive for Being in the Domain Business
0:07:46 Google’s decision to liquidate its domain business
0:09:13 Competition from WordPress and other registrars
0:16:55 Megan and Harry’s Podcasts: Effort or Grift?
0:18:24 Spotify’s Bet on Podcasts and Trevor Noah’s Weekly Show
0:24:08 Transitioning from Spotify to Apple Music
0:25:25 Spotify’s struggle to find success beyond Joe Rogan
0:25:58 Connecting with the Guests: Where to Find Them Online
0:31:23 Connect with Chuck on social media and get show notes.


Google Domains shutting down, assets sold and being migrated to Squarespace 

Spotify ends its podcast deal with Harry and Meghan

Spotify has been fined $5.4 million for violating GDPR data rules

Spotify Rumored to Launch HiFi Audio as Part of New Top-Tier ‘Supremium’ Subscription Plan

Spotify Rumored to Launch HiFi Audio as Part of New Top-Tier ‘Supremium’ Subscription Plan

Trevor Noah to launch original Spotify podcast


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as a marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through Twitter, LinkedIn, or on Mastodon.

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Jim Rea has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. Follow Jim at and via @provuejim on Twitter.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.


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