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The Tech Media Minute: Napster Returns to Take on Spotify, Apple Music

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June 15, 2016

We’re at the midway point for WWDC. It also happens to be hump day. Here’s a quick read on today’s news.

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It’s the end of the line for many iOS devices this fall

As we reported on Tuesday, iOS 10 isn’t compatible with a number of iOS devices. These devices are not compatible with the new software version, which is coming this fall:

  • iPad 1, 2, 3 and iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th generation and older
  • iPhone 4s and older models

Our take: The iPad 3 was released in early 2012. The iPad mini and iPhone 4s were released later that year. Providing four years of support in tech sounds about right, although we’re sure some iPad owners might disagree.

Uncle Walt speaks

The dean of tech media, Walt Mossberg, is out with his take on Monday’s keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). His post, entitled “Apple is still a world of its own,” is an essential read, and his conclusions sound about right.


It’s clear to me that, for better or worse, Apple continues to seek its own path, as it has for decades.

- Walt Mossberg

Napster returns

One of the oldest music streaming services is getting a familiar new name. Rhapsody, founded in 2001 as, is becoming Napster.

As The Verge notes:

“The tagline Rhapsody is going with now is “Napster is coming,” which seems a little too similar to a “Game of Thrones” reference. We get it, you’re bringing a zombie brand back to life!

Napster got its start in 1999 but quickly faded because it allowed users to share unlicensed music.

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As Orlando, Florida continues to deal with multiple tragedies, it seems like the ideal time for #WednesdayWisdom.

Also being discussed today:

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Today, June 15 is Smile Power Day.

WWDC continues in San Francisco, California (through June 17). Down in Los Angeles, the E3 Expo continues (through June 16).

Rewind: In 1775, George Washington was appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army.

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