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June 8, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 421

In this issue: Jonathan has a collection of small changes he’d like to see at WWDC, Federico shares his iPad Home Screen, John interviews the producer of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which debuted on the iPhone and iPad this week, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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June 6, 2024

Automation Academy: How I Reimagined Apple Music Discovery and Recommendations with Marvis Pro's Custom Sections

My Marvis setup.

If you’re anything like me, you probably like Apple Music a whole lot more than Spotify, but you’re in a perennial state of jealousy regarding one advantage Spotify has over Apple Music: discovery of new music.

I’ve struggled with this a lot over the years, and I’ve come to accept the reality that I just can’t use the Spotify app and find its blend of podcasts and music on the homepage confusing and cumbersome. I like everything about Apple’s Music app more than Spotify, and I believe folks at Apple genuinely care about the experience of listening to music in whatever form that may be – whether it’s via AirPods, HomePods, or wired headphones for lossless music. Still, every time I use Spotify, I come away impressed by how accurate its algorithm can be for personalized discovery, as well as how effective Spotify can be at recommending new artists and songs throughout playlists and other sections of the app.

A few months ago, that got me thinking: would there be a way for me to at least replicate the feeling of new music discovery I experience in Spotify while using Apple Music instead? Of course, I know I can’t come up with own algorithm to enhance Apple Music’s recommendation engine. But I wondered: what if I could figure out a system to surface different patterns from my Apple Music listening history or aggregate Apple’s own curated playlists in a new way?

The answer, dear members, is my brand new setup in Marvis Pro, which I’ve been refining for the past few months and am now ready to share in this special edition of the Automation Academy. Given how I was able to take advantage of Marvis’ advanced smart filters and collections to rethink Apple Music discovery, I thought it was best to share this in the Academy and explain how it all works behind the scenes.

Let’s dive in.

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June 1, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 420

In this issue: The MacStories team interviews Federico, Jonathan creates his own Joy-Con-based iPhone game controller, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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May 25, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 419

In this issue: John has a tip about how he uses Marked and Obsidian for converting Markdown to rich text, Jonathan argues that the Apple ecosystem should be less iPhone-centric, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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May 18, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 418

In this issue: Jonathan recommends Tusks, Niléane explains the process she went through to buy her mom an iPhone, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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May 11, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 417

In this issue: John explores what the new iPad Pro hardware means for future Apple products, Jonathan wonders what the reaction to Apple’s Crush! video means for upcoming AI features in iOS 18, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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May 4, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 416

In this issue: Federico shares a shortcut for combining images of different sizes, Jonathan tries the Nothing Ear (2) earbuds, John explains what it will take for next week’s Apple event to get him excited, an interview with AltStore’s Riley Testut, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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April 30, 2024

Monthly Log: April 2024

This month, Federico explains how he digitized his collection of GameCube and Wii discs with the help of a capture card, Orion, a Wii, and the Homebrew Channel, and John makes the case for Gentler Streak, a fitness app that doesn’t make you feel bad if you’re not setting personal records every day.

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April 27, 2024

MacStories Weekly: Issue 415

In this issue: Federico shares a shortcut for merging Things tasks into checklists, Jonathan performs iPod surgery, John explains how his note-taking system is structured, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episodes of AppStories and Magic Rays of Light.

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