re: Apple News vs. RSS – Snakes and Ladders

Apple News vs. RSS – Snakes and Ladders

Guess what you see when you look at your RSS reader? Exactly what you chose to subscribe to. Neither less nor more.

Agreed, 100%. I think the problem with a lot of these Apple News silo posts is that it’s portrayed as a binary choice. It’s not. You can use Apple News and a feed reader, which is what I do…

Apple News, for me, is where all high volume and mass media subscriptions go (so magazines fit well here) and my feed reader (Feedbin) is for everything else, plus any site where I don’t want to miss any post.

High volume, multi-topic sites in feed readers are a nightmare, so that’s where Apple News can provide value. For Apple News to work well, you need to do a couple things:

  1. In General Settings > News, check the ‘Restrict Stories in Today’ to only display stories from channels you follow.

  2. Subscribe to a good number of channels and topics. I am up over 60 at this point…

  3. Use it! The more you read, love, and dislike stories, the better your device gets at recommending things to read.

No, Apple News is far from perfect. It IS closed, no read/unread state, no portability, there are minimal controls for changing the reading experience, etc, etc. (Text IS selectable and shareable on my device, so not sure where that negative came from…)

Ultimately, I want journalism to survive and prosper in the Internet age. We need it, now more than ever. The current model obviously isn’t working (advertising supported anything promotes clickbait, as we’ve all seen) and I don’t think a $10+ subscription for every site/thing under the universe is the solution either.

The Apple News+ bundle is a tremendous value if you are interested in even a handful of the publications involved AND Apple can provide enough of a market for it to possibly benefit the news industry – revenue that isn’t dependent on advertising, so that’s at least a start. I’m not sure it’s the best idea or the solution, but time will tell. In the end, if it gets the masses used to regularly paying for digital content, then I am all for it.


Today’s pickup: Broken Social Scene. One of my all-time favorites.


Last fall my father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Our entire family, including his seven grandchildren, are cheering him on every day as he battles this horrible cancer. In June we will be doing the Ride for Roswell to raise money in honor of his battle and Roswell’s mission to end cancer. Your thoughts, donations and support would be greatly appreciated!


First time record shopping in probably 15 years! Picked up Sharon Van Etten and Fugazi, two of my faves.


I’m really digging a couple new albums from today: Part 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost from Foals and SASAMI’s self-titled full-length.


Signed up for Vinyl Me, Please to grab De La’s 3 Feet High and Rising. I’ve wanted that record for awhile so very excited. Anyone have experience with the service? Feel like I remember either @jack or @Rianvdm posting about it before.


Second to last skate of the season.


Saw Angela Davis at UB tonight. So smart and thought provoking.


Trying to stay warm today.


The Mrs. and I took a glass blowing class last night at The Foundry. So much fun!


About one-third of Americans say using blackface is acceptable - Pew Research Center

How can a legit research service use both ‘sometimes’ and ‘rarely’ as options on this? Regardless, the results are sad.


Earth Crisis at Kendzies in Lockport. Probably 1996.


H2O at Blind Mellon’s in 1996-ish: think they opened for Sick of it All. So good!


Hot Water Music: Cleveland Hardcore Fest ‘95. Blew me away.


Head over to @noechodotnet today to see a collection of my photos from the 90s hardcore scene. (Pictured: Autumn at Lost Horizon in Syracuse)


90s Hardcore Photo Party (Upstate New York Edition) - No Echo

Check out some of my photos from the 90’s hardcore scene in Western New York and surrounding areas! More here.


Hoover Middle School’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Last performance is today at 1pm!


Another fave from the 90s: Mineral at the Detroit Hardcore Fest (1996?)


Yeah Amherst Girls! Zoey in the gray helmet along the wall with her team. They got to skate during a recent Beauts game. 🏒



Maggie Rogers | House Of Strombo - YouTube

Great interview and a couple acoustic songs, including a Whitney Houston cover.


Added some new photos to my band photo Flickr album. Most are mid to late 90s punk and hardcore bands.


Shift - Showplace Theatre in the late 90s


Spent 7 hours working on set design with Stella today to support the middle school’s production of Alice in Wonderland next week. We built a large mushroom, flowers, a rock, and the queen of hearts’ throne. Fun!


Browsing the photo box: @itinerantprinter and I, high school graduation 1994.



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