I realize I’m far from the first person to talk about this, but it personally affected me for the first time, so I want to rant about it. I know, most telcos still live in the 90s. And that’s why I disabled automatic downloads outside of a WiFi connection. But I actively tapped the download button. I specifically wanted to download it. Fair enough to warn me again – but how about telling me the actual size? Is it 3800 MB or 207 MB? The error message does not provide useful information, and neither does it allow me to overrule the limitation. Even digging through all kinds of settings I was unable to get around it. After some googling (I refused to believe that this is actually still a thing in 2020) it seems that this is intentional. My 1500 bucks “smart” phone is telling me what I can and can’t download over the mobile data connection. Needless to say, I streamed it instead and used up the entire 3800 MB or 207 MB anyway. Not without a few buffering breaks of course, which is the exact reason why I wanted to download it beforehand in the first place.

When I saw one of the latest posts from our fellow annoyees over at the grumpy website I bitterly chuckled. While the described navigation is quite annoying when using Apple Music, it is not even possible to go from a track to the artist when you use a local library. And it has been that way for a couple of iOS versions.

Tapping the artist name in Now Playing brings you to the album. Tapping the artist name in the album view brings you… nowhere. Neither context menu has an option to go to the artist. It’s mind-boggling, really. The company that built the iPod. I guess I should just be happy that tapping the entry in the artist list still goes to the artist view.

A list of data so dangerous, Apple can't even allow you to go directly to a single entry from anywhere else.

I mean… I know it’s hard to properly style content that has varying sizes. But come on, you’re fucking Google. And there is a ton of white space where that final zero could fit.

Wireless syncing is still a buggy mess now that Finder handles it. I guess making that experience as shitty as possible is a cool Apple Music growth hack. Anyways, I was a little annoyed that this dialog would not just show me the error log directly instead of forcing me to save it to a text file. But okay, let’s Save and see what it says. It’s not like I had high hopes for finding any helpful or actionable information in it, but the actual content was still surprisingly dumb:

A very helpful error message.

The best way of conditioning users to immediately accept the dialogs you throw at them is to expose them to useless alerts that come out of context on a daily basis.

In this case I’m updating a JetBrains product (which I, as a tech person know is based on Java). What about a normal person though? Could also be a random crypto miner that calls itself “java”.

There are many things wrong with the Messages.app on macOS but that’s especially true for group chats. Here’s how Messages.app displays that two people in your conversation have “reacted” to a photo. Time to whip out that magnifying glass to see if there are multiple icons shadowing each other.

After long-pressing you’ll get more informations about who reacted, but only after 2 more clicks on this very weird kind of modal.

If you don’t spend a lot of money and roll with a multi-terabyte internal drive you probably have to store your Photos.app library on an external one. I’m always curious how people actually do that because for a variety of reasons like analyzing faces, transcoding and other tasks Photos.app is constantly working in the background and making it impossible to eject my external disks. I usually “Force Eject” them via the Finder which then results in a corrupted library from time to time.

Fixing it sometimes works. If it doesn’t, Apple tells you very clearly what’s wrong: 1000.

Do I have to check the check-boxes or uncheck them to stop you from spamming me? Is it “Which emails do you want to receive” or is it “Which emails do you want to unsubscribe from”? No way to tell, there is no confirmation email afterwards, and in both cases you get the same generic “Successfully unsubscribed” result after clicking the button.

Cool new iOS13 feature that adds an additional “Speaker” to your old iPhone. Switching between the two entries has no effect. As you can see (above the artist name), even when selecting this ominous “Speaker” entry, the actual audio target is still the iPhone itself.

I wanted to change the audio output in the new Podcasts.app in Catalina from my MacBook (nmbp) to my HomePod (mmhp). Can you guess where you have to click to achieve that? Correct, you need to click the checkbox in the mmhp line. Nothing else in the UI is clickable. And they don’t behave like checkboxes, they behave like radio buttons, i.e. only one can be active at a time. So… how do you set the audio output to multiple targets, a primary feature of AirPlay 2? Well, you don’t.

Annoyances vented by Manuel Grabowski and Philipp Defner.

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