MacVoices #23300: MacVoices Live! – Fighting Apple Music Fraud; John Stewart & China (2)

David GinsburgBrittany Smith, Eric BoldenJeff Gamet, Jim ReaBrian Flanigan-Arthurs, and Ben Roethig discuss the issue of music fraud on Apple Music and Spotify’s approach to royalties. Also covered are Apple’s Satellite SOS feature and its connection to Qualcomm. Do Apple’s business dealings in China and the cancellation of Jon Stewart’s show warrant a Congressional inquiry. Finally, the panel examines the role of satirists in shaping public opinion and if journalistic standards do or should apply. (Part 2) 

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Show Notes:


0:00:00 Apple Music fraud and satellite services challenges
0:02:17 Easy setup for gaming the system with music fraud
0:04:35 Apple’s Fight Against Music Piracy
0:05:44 Scammers and Fraud in Music Streaming Services
0:07:24 Qualcomm’s Satellite SOS and Apple’s Free Service Extension
0:11:11 Apple’s Potential Payment for Emergency Calls
0:12:45 Apple’s Approach vs Android Manufacturers
0:13:27 Apple’s Significant Investment
0:15:25 Congress Wants to Talk to Apple and Jon Stewart
0:16:19 Freedom of Speech Concerns and Government Involvement
0:17:34 Suspicions of External Influence Arise
0:18:46 Apple’s Dilemma: Balancing Business and Chinese System
0:20:24 First Amendment Rights and Apple’s Broadcasting Obligations
0:21:55 Congressional Scrutiny on Apple’s China Ties
0:25:16 Comedians blurring the lines between activism and entertainment
0:27:18 Concerns over Jon Stewart’s influence without journalistic standards
0:29:09 Apple’s response deadline in congressional inquiry
0:30:57 Questioning journalistic standards and media agendas
0:32:44 The GE Handshake Controversy
0:35:15 Congresspeople and Clickbait


Apple Music fraud falls by 30% after beefing up protections

Qualcomm kills its copy of Apple’s satellite SOS after ten months

Congress demands answers after Apple cancels Jon Stewart


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].

Jeff Gamet is a technology blogger, podcaster, author, and public speaker. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and the TextExpander Evangelist for Smile. He has presented at Macworld Expo, RSA Conference, several WordCamp events, along with many other conferences. You can find him on several podcasts such as The Mac Show, The Big Show, MacVoices, Mac OS Ken, This Week in iOS, and more. Jeff is easy to find on social media as @jgamet on Twitter and Instagram, jeffgamet on LinkedIn., @[email protected] on Mastodon, and on his YouTube Channel at

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.

Brittany Smith is a trained cognitive neuroscientist who provides ADD/ADHD, technology, and productivity coaching through her business, Devise and Conquer, along with companion video courses for folks with ADHD. She’s also the cofounder of The ADHD Guild, a community for nerdy folks with ADHD. She, herself, is a self-designated “well-rounded geek”. She can be found on Twitter as @addliberator, on Mastodon as @[email protected], and on YouTube with tech tips.


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