Helpsters — Meet Cody | Apple TV+

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Is there a problem that Cody can’t solve? Learn to solve problems with Cody and the Helpsters gang with new episodes, only on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Helpsters

Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan.

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Apple quietly removes the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store

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Apple has removed an app that you probably don’t use anymore.

What you need to know

  • Apple has removed the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store.
  • It has also removed mention of the app from its website.
  • The company is directing users to use the Remote function built into Control Center on iOS and iPadOS.

Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has quietly removed the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store. The app let users bypass the physical remote and control their Apple TV directly from their iPhone or iPad. This was a predictable move, as Apple has had the remote built into Control Center on the iPhone and iPad since iOS 12.

It appears that the move is definitely intentional, as Apple has removed all mention of the app from its website.

9to5Mac found that Apple has also removed almost all references to the Apple TV Remote app, suggesting that the company has in fact discontinued it. A 9to5Mac reader told us that he contacted Apple support to ask about the app, but not even the support agent could explain what happened.

Even the Apple Support website has been updated to direct users to the remote built into Control Center.

Now, if you visit the Apple Support website, the article about using Apple TV Remote on your iPhone or iPad suggests that you add the Remote option to the iOS Control Center.

If you haven’t enabled the Remote in Control Center yet, you can do so by navigating to Settings > Control Center > Drag and drop Apple TV Remote into the Included Controls section. Once you do, open Control Center to show the Remote.

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Apple launches Apple Music TV

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Apple has launched its own 24-hour music channel in the United States.

Apple Music TV went live in the United States on Monday and is available in the Apple Music and Apple TV apps, as well as online.

The space once firmly held by MTV, already has interest from Facebook, Spotify and a revived Vevo, which has partnered with the Dutch interactive music video platform XITE.

Apple Music TV’s first hour featured an interview with Bruce Springsteen, in support of a new documentary on the veteran rock artist.

It was followed by a countdown of the all time 100 songs, though going forward the repertoire is likely to be a little more contemporary.

In an interview with Variety, Rachel Newman, Apple’s Global head of editorial and content said a sample representation of artists would include Drake, Dua Lipa, Cardi, B, BTS, Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish.

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Apple Music TV chief talks up new music video service

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And when you’re not watching Music TV a new deal with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions means you’ll be able to watch all the classic “Peanuts” Specials.

When it comes to Apple’s adventures in media, Variety is getting all the biggest scoops, with what appears to be an exclusive interview with Apple Music TV chief, Rachel Newman.

What does she say?

Please take a look at the Variety report to get the nuances of this, but here are the eight most important things I think she said about the new Apple Music TV channel:

  • Apple Music TV is a hits channel.
  • It’s focused on contemporary music.
  • What you watch will consist of music videos interspersed with short original Apple Music video content and occasional special events, such as the Bruce Springsteen focus later this week.
  • That means retrospective concert footage, exclusive interviews and even live (virtual) events.
  • Apple’s radio channels have been interviewing artists since launch of Beats 1. “We produce video content in support of those efforts,” Newman said. Which sounds like we’ll see some more from some of the interviews we’ve already heard.
  • There is a dedicated Music TV curation team who work with the radio and playlist production teams.
  • Newman was a little opaque in how she put it, but it does look like Apple will continue to invest in music documentaries as part of this push.
  • “No, there will not be ads.”
  • Now read the Variety report.

Up next:

This is what has actually happened:

  • One of the world’s biggest music distribution companies just moved to introduce a music television station.
  • This will be supported by some of the world’s best former music journalists (they’re the people making your playlists).
  • It will offer up original content within its mix.
  • These shows will be made available at no charge via the TV app.
  • The whole exercise is ads-free.
  • The TV app is now available across a plethora of devices, not all made by Apple.
  • People are going to begin using the TV app just for the music channel. (Then they’ll want to watch the other shows.
  • (You can subscribe to Apple Music on most platforms).

I just hope Apple is prepared to dedicate space for more challenging music in its plans. I’d quite enjoy shows dedicated to avant-garde acts like Coil and Psychic TV, or the Apple Music equivalent of a John Peel show (which is currently lacking).

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Apple launches a US-only music video station, Apple Music TV

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Apple is expanding its investment in music with today’s launch of “Apple Music TV.” The new music video station offers a free, 24-hour live stream of popular music videos and other music content, including exclusive video premieres, curated music video blocks, live shows, fan events, chart countdowns and guest appearances.

The service doesn’t have its own dedicated app, but is instead offered as a new feature within two of Apple’s existing entertainment apps. At launch, you can watch Apple Music TV from within the Browse tab of either the Apple Music app or the Apple TV app. (Accessible via apple.co/AppleMusicTV).

While Apple Music is a paid subscription service, Apple Music TV will be free to users in the U.S., the company says.

To kick off its launch, Apple Music TV today began with a countdown of the top 100 most-streamed songs ever across all of Apple Music, based on U.S. data.

During brief tests of the new service, we found it to be a fairly basic — though uncensored and ad-free — experience. The video stream only offered artist and song details at the beginning, instead of as the music played. It also didn’t take advantage of the integration with Apple Music to offer additional features to paying subscribers — like being able to favorite the song or add it to a playlist, for instance.

The stream would stop when the Apple Music app was closed, as it didn’t support background play.

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There also weren’t any on-screen tools to share what you were watching via a social media post. You had to dig to find the “share” button under the three-dot, “more” menu. This would give you a link to tweet, but wouldn’t pre-fill it with text or hashtags, like the artist name or song.

While listening, you could stop the live stream and then return after a short pause. But after a bit, the stream disconnects and the thumbnail of the paused music video reverts to the placeholder Apple Music TV image. When live, the text and icons will be shown in red. They revert to white when you’ve disconnected, as a visual cue.

Despite its simplicity, Apple Music TV gives Apple an immediate new home for its music-related original content, which over the years has included exclusive interviews, concert films and more. It also provides Apple with another advantage when it goes to negotiate with artists for their premieres, as it introduces an additional platform for reaching an artist’s fans — not only with the premiere itself, but by offering artists blocks of airtime leading up to their next debut that they can use to promote their releases.

The new station can also leverage content produced for the Apple Music 1 (formerly Beats 1) radio station, as it goes about running these promotions.

For example, on Thursday, October 22, Apple Music TV will promote the upcoming release of Bruce Springsteen’s “Letter to You” with music video blocks featuring his greatest videos, plus an exclusive interview with Zane Lowe, and a special live stream fan event.

Apple says that Apple Music 1 won’t be producing exclusive content for the live-streamed station, but instead will run the video content it already produces across its radio stations — Apple Music 1, Apple Music Country, and Apple Music Hits — as interstitial content on Apple Music TV.

Fridays, meanwhile, will focus on new music. This Friday, October 23, at 9 AM PT, Apple Music TV will showcase two new exclusive video premieres — Joji’s “777” and SAINt JHN’s “Gorgeous.”

Apple Music TV’s biggest advantage, of course, is the fact that it’s freely accessible to millions of Apple device owners.

But it may struggle for traction as it lacks the features that make other live stream fan events or premieres engaging — like group chats or direct interactions with creators.

Instead, it’s more like a traditional TV broadcast — even MTV-like — compared with other online destinations where artists today connect with fans and promote their albums, like YouTube, VEVO or, more recently, Facebook, which just this year launched music videos.

Apple didn’t say if it planned to expand the new station outside the U.S.

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Apple Music TV is all music, all the time, and free for all

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What you need to know

  • Apple has announced a new 24-hour streaming service devoted to Music.
  • It’s similar to the MTV that many of us grew up with.
  • Apple Music TV is free to all, although it’s US-only.

It’s like MTV but not rubbish.

Apple today announced a new 24-hour streaming service devoted to music, today. Seemingly announced via Variety, the new streaming service will play music videos and music-related content but is only available in the United States currently.

Alongside the free streaming content, Apple Music TV will also promote new content including upcoming albums.

The service premiered Monday morning (Oct. 19) with a countdown of the top 100 all-time most-streamed songs in the U.S. on Apple Music. On Thursday (October 22), it will celebrate the upcoming release of Bruce Springsteens’s “Letter to You” album with an “all day Bruce takeover” featuring music-video blocks of his most popular videos, an interview with Zane Lowe, anchor of Apple Music’s radio station, and a special livestream fan event.

Apple Music TV also promises exclusive video premieres as well, with two already set for this comnig Friday.

It will also have two exclusive video premieres on Friday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, Joji’s “777” and Saint Jhn’s “Gorgeous”; the channel will premiere new videos every Friday at that time.

Viewers can watch Apple Music TV in the Browse app of both the Music and TV apps on their devices.

Apple Music Subscription

Starting at $4.99 a month

Apple Music is Apple’s massive music service, comprising a subscription music catalog, iCloud Music Library syncing across your devices, Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music 1 radio live and algorithmic radio, customized playlists, and more artist exclusives than you can shake a stick at.

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Helpsters — Let’s Plan A Party l Apple TV+

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It’s always fun to plan when you have the Helpsters on your side. Watch new episodes now, exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Helpsters

Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan.

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All the New Apple Event and Product Release Dates

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Lots of things we were hoping for from Apple didn’t get announced on September 15 and October 13. Now there’s been a bunch of predictions gushing forth. Here are collected  new Apple event and product release dates.

Product Event and Release Dates

• Let’s start with Apple TV 4K. From Ed Hardy at Cult of Mac we have: “Faster Apple TV hardware might not arrive before 2021.

A rumored Apple TV with more of a focus on gaming allegedly won’t be out before the end of 2020. It’ll be a significant upgrade, with new features beyond a performance bump.
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This is, naturally, via the extraordinary @jon_prosser

I hope Apple takes this opportunity to redesign the Apple TV 4K. Swoopy cool looking (like PS5), better air flow, better remote, 120 Hz refresh, lower price.

As we suspected, it looks like Apple will follow up its previous event videos with yet another. “Apple Silicon MacBook event date just leaked — mark your calendars.

Again, via Prosser:

“To confirm, there IS a November ARM Mac event,” Prosser tweeted. “I’m hearing November 17th.” A subsequent tweet says the invitations will go out on Nov. 10.

Seems reasonable.

• Want more? I have one. This one is for the new Apple over-the-ear headphones, called AirPods Studio. From PocketNow: “Apple might finally launch the AirPods Studio in March next year.

We even have an exact date predicted: Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This is Prosser’s very own “One More Thing.”

The Week’s Apple News Debris

We hear, all the time, about people switching back and forth between macOS and Windows. Here’s an exceptionally interesting and charming one from Chris Matyszczyk. “A diehard Apple fan switched from Mac to Windows and he’s struggling.

One of the great differences — so little understood for so long — between Mac and Windows users was the contrast between emotional involvement and mere utilitarian necessity.

Microsoft bored you with productivity. Apple enchanted you with humor, empathy, and sheer humane simplicity.

There is some really good substance in this piece by author Matyszczyk.

• We’ve heard the rumor for years. Now, Touch ID behind the display may really be coming in iPhone 13. “Move over, iPhone 12. Apple’s iPhone 13 may feature under-display Touch ID.” Where did this originate? Why Jon Prosser, of course.

• Finally, iOS 14 does a lot for your iPhone’s camera. Fom CNET: “iPhone cameras just got a lot better, thanks to iOS 14. Here’s what changed.

New camera features usually only come out when a new iPhone is released, but Apple has been able to add more camera functions through software updates alone.

That Apple does this is amazing. It all comes by virtue of Computational Photography, so camera updates via software come naturally and frequently.


Particle Debris is generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday.

Tags: AirPods Studio, Apple Silicon, Apple TV, Apple TV 4K, iOS, macOS


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Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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Go behind the music as Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band record together live for the first time since Born In The U.S.A. in this intimate documentary that captures reflections on love, loss, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen’s life. Coming October 23 to Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_LetterToYouFilm

Listen to songs from Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You on Apple Music available October 23: https://apple.co/-BSLetterToYou

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Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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From Directors Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds explores how meteorites have impacted our planet’s landscapes and cultures. Watch the premiere November 13 on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Fireball

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