Colin Devroe

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Smartify is a free app that allows you to scan and identify artworks, access rich interpretation and build a personal art collection in some of the world’s best museums and galleries.

Gunseli Yalcinkaya, writing for Dezeen, calls it “a Shazam for the art world”.

This is cool. Can’t wait to try it out.

/via Dave Mark at The Loop.

Dave Mark on Apple Music

Dave Mark, writing for The Loop:

To me, the biggest issue with Apple Music is the depth of the user experience. For example, with For You, the on-boarding is primitive, at best. I never felt steered towards my deepest musical tastes. And as I listened to music, even as I diligently favorited my best loved tunes, I never felt that For You really got me.

As someone who came from Spotify to Apple Music I can say that Dave is right on. Apple Music is terrible at recommendations and even worse at surfacing music through Playlists. When you use Spotify for even a short period of time you realize the competition isn’t even close.

Apple has one advantage currently; integrated lock-in. You’re part of Apple’s ecosystem. But they really need to step up their game.

The Loop Magazine closes

Jim Dalrymple:

I hate failure, and this was a failure for me. I will learn from it and focus my attention back on The Loop website, where it belongs. I’m sorry to the subscribers of the magazine, and hope you enjoy the upcoming issues I have prepared for you.

We’ve all failed. We have an idea, or an itch that needs scratched, or a vision for something and we use every fiber of our being to get it out into the world and it dies on the vine. Sometimes quickly, sometimes it is a long haul. Quitting something is incredibly difficult.

I’ve never met Jim. I’ve never shaken his hand or heard him play his guitar live. But, I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times, a few times over Skype, and email. And I can say he is easily one of the nicest people I’ve ever chatted with.

If you’re reading this, do me a favor and add The Loop (Jim’s blog) to your feed reader. And, if that isn’t your thing follow The Loop on Twitter. He’ll help keep you up-to-date on what is going on with Apple and you’ll help him be able to do what he loves best. If you really love what he does become a member of The Loop.

Jim tried to do something. And that is always worth applauding.

Well done Jim.