Saturday Night Live comic and actress Maya Rudolph is touring with Princess, her Prince cover band. They’ve been playing around LA for the past five years, but the passing of Prince has sparked interest beyond the city of angels. They do songs from Dirty Mind through Purple Rain.
If you get to see them, do. As the clip above shows, this band is no joke.
My 13-year-old’s dramatic eye-rolling made me a better iPhone user.
I recently discovered that I can use YouTube for listening to music on my phone without it taking over what’s happening on my screen. Here’s what I mean.
My daughter was describing a song to me, but couldn’t quite recall the title or artist. As a TECH GOD I grabbed my iPhone and launched Apple Music. “Just use YouTube,” she said with the disdain typically reserved for someone who had just kicked your dog.
I would, but YouTube commandeers the iPhone. If you’re using the official app, any video that’s playing stops as soon as you navigate away. The same goes for YouTube.com in mobile Safari. Unless you do the following:
Go to YouTube.com in mobile Safari.
Find the video you want to listen to and get it playing.
Hit your iPhone’s Home button to navigate away from Safari.
The music stops. Don’t panic! Just swipe up to reveal the Control Center (below)
Hit the play button.
That’s it! Hit the Home button one more time to dismiss the Control Center and use your iPhone however you like while the YouTube video plays in the background. I had no idea this was possible.
Now 15 years old, Apple’s iTunes is like The Borrow in Harry Potter. As the Weasley family grew, new floors, rooms and wings were added, one on top of the other, resulting in a confounding structure that only its builders understand.
Let’s play, “How do I make an album repeat in iTunes 12.3?” Well, here’s Play and Shuffle, but no repeat:
Perhaps it’s up here. There’s shuffle again, but no repeat:
Weird. Maybe if I minimize the window a button will reveal itself. Nope.
One last try. Maybe the menu bar? Oh, there it is!
No keyboard shortcut, no button, no option in the app’s preferences to make it a button. “Repeat” is not an obscure function that most people won’t use. I shouldn’t have to spend two minutes digging to find it.
I want to love iTunes but it’s at the point where it needs to be scrapped completely and re-worked. I should’t need the Marauder’s Map to find basic functions.
When I’m traveling in a foreign country I love to soak up the culture. Music is a big part of that. Today, I enlisted the help of my friend and Londoner Myke Hurley, who created an “ultimate London playlist.” I tasked Myke with coming up with a list of songs that any Londoner would say are representative of his or her fine city. The result is below.