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#1481: Apple Watch screen replacements, Apple Music Web app, TidBITS 2019 reader survey results, Apple’s excess of ellipses

If your aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 is suffering from a particular type of crack in the screen, read on to learn how Apple will replace it for free. Want to listen to Apple Music on your Windows machine at work? Apple has quietly launched the beta of an Apple Music Web app to open the service to non-Apple platforms. And if you’ve been wondering how similar you are to other TidBITS readers, Adam Engst analyzes the results of our 2019 reader survey, which will help shape the direction of our coverage for years to come. Finally, do you know what ⋯ is? It’s an ellipsis, which has become one of the most common characters in the Mac and iOS user interfaces. But what does it mean? Josh Centers extracts numerous examples in a quest to answer that question. In ExtraBITS this week, the file transfer app Fetch turns 30 and Apple admits its apps had an advantage in App Store search rankings. Notable Mac app releases this week include Airfoil 5.8.7, Postbox 7.0, and SoundSource 4.1.4. 

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TidBITS 2019 Reader Survey Results

We’ve graphed and averaged and pondered the results of our recent reader survey, so read on to learn more about who reads TidBITS, what they think of our work, and much more, including the two topics we’ll be writing a lot less about in the future. And look, no featured image!

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Airfoil 5.8.7 No comments

Airfoil 5.8.7

Updates the Audio Capture Engine backend and provides preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($29 new, free update, 18.8 MB)

Postbox 7.0 6 comments

Postbox 7.0

Major upgrade for the email client adds the capability to add pre-formatted HTML clips and brings 20 new themes. ($29.99 annual subscription, free update for current subscriptions, 58.6 MB)

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SoundSource 4.1.4

Rogue Amoeba's sound utility adds preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($29 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

ExtraBITS

Fetch Celebrates 30 Years 5 comments

Fetch Celebrates 30 Years

Remember the file transfer app, Fetch? The old dog has been resting in the corner for quite a few years, but developer Jim Matthews is now teaching it new 64-bit tricks so it will be able to work in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Read on for a trip down memory lane.

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Apple Admits Its Apps Had App Store Advantage

Top Apple executives have acknowledged that Apple’s own apps have enjoyed a search ranking advantage in the App Store. Apple says it has adjusted the search algorithm, but the lack of oversight may have already damaged the company.