Day: June 30, 2015

Trent Reznor on Apple Music: Other Services ‘Left Me Feeling Lacking’ | Rolling Stone

Nine Inch Nails singer on Taylor Swift, creating Beats 1 and reviving the value of music

I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It’s exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn’t have dreamed you wanted and you’re excited to listen and share it and experience it.”

I am curious about Apple’s Radio experiment. I’ve not used any of the streaming services more than the occasional background music.

I’m not lining up to tune into Apple Music or Beats 1 either. I am excited to see what artists will do with their Connect pages. Reznor mentioned something very cool he’s doing once the service launches.

Rolling Stone: How soon will you, as an artist, be putting new music up on Apple Music’s “Connect” or on Beats?

Reznor: When the service goes live, the first thing I’ve put up is something I couldn’t have done or wouldn’t have done anywhere else, which is the entire album The Fragile as an instrumental-outtakes compilation that plays like a regular album but sounds very different without my voice in the way. And there’s different arrangements to certain songs and oddly that makes for a different, complementary music experience. So that’ll be there as soon as you download the app, you’ll see that in, on my Connect page.

I’ve always been excited with what Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor) has done with music. It’s not just putting music out or putting it out free years after the records were released. It’s not just offering remix albums but there are interesting things like this.

I will get my hands on it as soon as I can, because I love that album and want to hear it in a new way.

Crate of Penguins — What The Church Can Learn From Apple

I will never tire of reading Sid’s writing. He’s a smart guy with a view completely opposite of my own on many topics. He’s a great communicator and thinker. I love to debate with him because he comes from a place of love. I know we’re not going to see eye-to-eye and that’s not the goal.

The goal is to put our beliefs into words which both helps us reaffirm and refine them. But it also allows us to see where each other are coming from. I respect his views, even if I don’t agree with him.

In his latest piece, he writes about The Church (Catholic in this case) and Apple. There are similar communities around both and they’re both selling a product, an experience, and in many ways, an entire life style.

The Church, I believe, has some great products. The best, in fact.


What are those products? Truth is one. Community is another. Depending on your tradition, Sacraments might also be available. Love is the flagship. It’s a rock solid lineup.

Even I have to agree, that’s a hard lineup to beat. But as he goes on to say, the message is often fractured and translated through many others.

Imagine how much you’d want to buy an iPhone if the only things you read about it were written by Samsung employees! This is precisely how the majority of the Western world hears the Christian viewpoint. So it’s not really surprising that in a lot of people’s minds the words “Christian” are synonymous with the words “hatred and intolerance”.

I won’t spoil his entire post, and it’s a good one. He’s looking for other writers to share ideas and write about their experiences. Authentic voices. Real people writing from their own place of love.

A sort of Read & Trust for The Church.