MacCast 05.13.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 137. MacCast listener survey results, Updates to QuickTime, OS X Security and FrontRow, Apple Store Fifth Avenue opens May 19th. Apple partner announces iPod phone. FOX adds huge video lineup to iTunes Music Store. Apple changes “Made for Mac” licensing fee. How to get video from your Mac to your TiVO with Tivo Desktop for Mac, also how to play AAC files on TiVO. Listener review of 17″ MacBook Pro. Tips for getting better battery life. Is BootCamp good enough for day to day work in XP? Does a keyboard shortcut exist to bypass OS selection in BootCamp and can you remap the command key in Windows? Trick to use an XP SP1 CD to install under BootCamp… Slipstreaming. Get free exhibit hall passes to the MacGathering in Hollywood California this weekend.

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  1. fornoman | May 13 2006 - 08:53

    it’s not that I think music and promo introes are bad. It’s just overly long. Maybe shorter promos.

    And the music selection isn’t that good. 6 out of 7 times the music isnt that good. It’s either complex vocals or complex instrumentals. And a lot of the recent crop you’ve put in are just placeholders.

    I know you don’t have time to scrounge podsafemusic for good gems. So just do a music promo when you DO have a good one.

    that’s my point. Jonathan Coulton and that I love My Mac song was great.

  2. talos | May 13 2006 - 09:06

    i really like the music section, and i have no real problem with the promo intros. i agree with fornoman that you shouldn’t feel the need to post music unless its something you really want to share. but hey, if you like all the stuff you’ve shared, that’s great. always happy to hear what other people are listening to (even if i don’t love it myself) and i do like the community aspect. just my two cents. love the flexibility of the enhanced cast too!

  3. Tobe | May 14 2006 - 01:49

    Wow! The tip on battery usage and running Virex really helped me out. I installed the istatnano widget and was able to find that Virex was using up most of my CPU. It feels like I have a new mac. The fans don’t kick on as much, the battery isn’t draining superfast. Virex 7.5 was using up my CPU, and now I have what feels like a new machine. I can even watch HD quicktime trailers without stuttering. GREAT TIP!

    Also, I don’t like the music at the end of the maccast. It usually sucks, and I never finish listening to it. Sorry, this is harsh, but honest. I like the idea of promoting music on the mac, but sometimes it just isn’t good listening.

    Thanks for great show otherwise.

  4. Nick Circosta | May 14 2006 - 02:30

    New Music Section, MUST KEEP :0
    Promo Section MUST KEEP :0

    looking forward to the Poll :)

    Wicked Show :)

  5. jim | May 14 2006 - 08:26

    Adam, your show is always entertaining-Keep the music coming and dont worry if a few might not like it. It broadens everyone’s musical horizons. Amped to listen to this weeks episode and even more amped to have the new macroundtable podcast come out sometime soon.

  6. Craig | May 14 2006 - 02:35


    I love the show and want to encourage you to continue the music at the show’s end. I love the variety and it is easy to forward through if you’re in a hurry that day. Please keep the tunes coming! I like helping new (or undiscovered musicians) Also, let us all know how we can help support the show to keep it coming. Thanks for all your effforts.

  7. Mel | May 14 2006 - 03:19

    I’m DEFINITELY not a fan of the music section. I realize that there are many people who need to have thier musical “horizons” expanded, but I’m not one of them (and I’m sure there are tons of MacCast listeners who feeel the same). I get my musical horizons expanded via other means (in my case, the stupendously awesome, non-commercial, legendary freeform station, WFMU), and listen to the Maccast for *Mac* info, and NOT to hear a litany of quite frankly mediocre (and sometimes flat out bad, as in this week’s selection) music.

    All that being said however, if the music section is really important to Adam, then I have no problem with him continuing to do it…it is HIS podcast, after all. But all I ask is that he continues to relegate it to the very end of the show. That way, I’ll know exactly when to shut off the podcast when he says “this week’s new music comes from…”

    I know this sounds pretty harsh, but don’t get me wrong, the Maccast is awesome otherwise. The music, however, is just not that interesting. I’m probably biased though, because I’m a total music geek/snob…I wouldn’t have any objection, however, if the music were used as segment bumpers instead. That way you don’t have to play the whole song, but can still give exposure to the musicians by mentioning who the bed/bumper music is by. One of my other favorite podcasts, “The Low Carb Lifestyle” podcast does exactly this, and it works out pretty well.

  8. bob | May 15 2006 - 03:33

    I agree the music is generally not very good, but it doesnt hurt to have it at the end.

  9. Will | May 15 2006 - 06:11


    (1) Promos: as a podcaster myself, this is one of the best ways to get listeners (KEEP)

    (2) Music: comments above say “most of it is not good”. That is why they are independent and not-signed. Look for the gems, not the coal (KEEP)

    Will J.

  10. Paul B. | May 15 2006 - 09:33

    I guess I should have listened to the Maccast before I ran the update. :-(

    My 20″ Intel iMac is now a 22lb paper weight. When MS had their update fiasco the other week it was widely reported. I guess we will see how Apple gets reported on with this update issue. Hopefully Apple support can make things right again.

    Paul B.

  11. Scott F. | May 15 2006 - 09:30

    Honestly, I dont’ always care for the music- but keep it in there, as there are many who do like hearing it.. if I dont’ want to listen to it, I simply fastfoward it, etc.. I don’t keep listening..

    love the maccast adam!

  12. Chuck | May 15 2006 - 10:40

    Keep the music section for the reasons stated!

  13. maccast | May 15 2006 - 10:26

    One of the BIG issues as you can see from all the comments here is that music tastes are so subjective. Music is a very personal thing and not everyone is going to like the same things. What I am struggling with is that these are Mac users and they want to have a chance to share their creative works with a community of like minded people. That is where the MacCast comes in. Is it really that bad to give them the chance? There are FF and Stop buttons for those who are not interested, right? Am I not thinking about this correctly?

  14. Paul B. | May 15 2006 - 12:06

    After deleting everything in the Startup Items folder the problem caused by the security update was fixed. The tech said that he had already spoken to three people today with similar problems related to the security update.

    Paul B.

  15. Morn | May 15 2006 - 12:08

    I think the length is just fine. I’d just like some more time spent on reviews. I don’t mind the music I just usually stop listening when all the mac stuff is over.

  16. Peter | May 15 2006 - 01:31

    Is it me or are others bored with this whole boot camp thing. There was quite a long piece in this Macast about boot camp and XP issues, and to be honest its of absolutely no interest to me. Thats why I have a Mac.

    Perhaps there should be a whole new podcast for folk who want to run Windows on a Mac, but I really hope it doesn’t become to much a part of The Maccast.

    As for the promos and music – I don’t listen to them, but I can see that they are of use to others. Keep them at the end and they are easily avoided !

  17. webhill | May 15 2006 - 01:19

    Hey Adam,

    Now I feel guilty I did not fill out your survey. I’m a 36 year old woman and dedicated listener! Plus, my son is another huge fan, and he’s five – so both of us are outside of your main demographic.

    I personally do not like the music, but my son has enjoyed a number of your selections, and put them onto his iTunes playlist :)

    Thanks again for an overall great show!

  18. Mel | May 15 2006 - 11:16

    Adam, you are totally right about the Fast Forward issue. I agree that if (like me) you don’t like the music, you can skip it easily since you do it at the very end of the podcast.

    I do, however, think it’s a bit erroneous logic to say “these are Mac users and they want to have a chance to share their creative works with a community of like minded people.” Macintosh ownership/fandom and musical taste are mutually exclusive. The community is only “like minded” in their love of “all things Macintosh”, so it’s hard to see how one can tie the two together any more than, say, a forum of plumbers.

    I for one won’t shed a tear if you dump the new music portion of the show, but if you do keep it, please continue doing it the way you’ve been doing it–playing the music at the very end of the show.

    Keep up the great work!

  19. wynde | May 16 2006 - 12:01

    The latest OS 10.4.6 003 update is not compatible with Virex 7.2 on an intel mac. If you do not remove Virex from your startup menu before updating the OS your Mac may freeze up on you without being able to do anything. If you have already updated your OS, you can (quickly) click on the Virex icon in your dock before Virex is ready to scan and click force quit, you will be ok. Be sure to remove Virex from startup items!!!

  20. g0rdo | May 16 2006 - 02:12

    I don’t like the new music section. I always skip it. The few that I’ve heard are bad. I wouldn’t mind the music at the end if it was good. I would even like that! But, that would be piracy I suppose. Whatever, keep it if you must. I think the only bad thing about it is hearing the horibble first couple of milliseconds… and adding a couple more minutes to the download time (oooo never thought of that huh? :()

  21. g0rdo | May 16 2006 - 02:05

    Also, I think the poll is unfair because you have to be registered. And I’m scared that the ones who are registered are fan-boys of everything in your pod-cast so they will want the music. My favorite thing about the music is the artwork. I’m not kidding.