MacVoices #23239: MacVoices Live! – Spotify Charges For Lyrics, The USB-C Transition (Part 2)

Chuck JoinerDavid GinsburgJim ReaWeb Bixby, Eric Bolden, and Ben Roethig shift to a new topic on MacVoices Live!, examining  Spotify’s decision to put song lyrics behind a paywall weighing the pros and cons. We also delve into Apple’s challenges, including subscription services and the transition to USB-C cables. Lastly, we touch on Amazon’s changes to their streaming music service and the risks associated with uncertified cables for the new iPhone. (Part 2) 

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Show Notes:


0:01:01 Spotify’s Decision: Lyrics Only for Paid Accounts
0:02:21 Copyrighted Lyrics and Fake Lyrics Websites
0:03:27 Spotify’s move to devalue the free version
0:06:04 The impact of a generous free version on premium subscriptions
0:06:24 Spotify vs Apple Music: Disparity in Artist Royalties
0:09:23 Amazon’s Limited Music Catalog and Competition with Other Platforms
0:15:19 Apple Stock: Not Always Up, But Still Promising
0:17:18 Apple’s Brilliant Move: Continual Revenue through Subscription Model
0:19:09 Uncertainty Surrounding iPhone Upgrade Cycle
0:20:10 Transition from Lightning cable to USB-C discussed
0:21:28 Commonality across Apple product line with USB-C interface
0:22:17 Licensing revenue and ecosystem concerns arise
0:23:19 The Importance of Certified Cables and Data Transfer
0:25:29 Discussion on Capital Allocation and Share Repurchases
0:29:21 Uncertainty Surrounding Apple’s Economic Conditions


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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].

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 built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and 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. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

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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