I’ve used Apple Music exclusively for a few years as it came free with my Verizon plan. Before that I jumped back and forth between it and Spotify. This past year with the innovations Spotify has made and the lack of much updates with Apple Music, I switched to Spotify and I’m glad I did. I heard someone say on a podcast that Apple makes great software to go with it’s hardware but it doesn’t always make the best stand alone software. It got me wondering, am I missing out on other software options by staying completely in the Apple ecosystem? So far to date I’ve tried and liked,
- Left Apple Mail app and moved completely to Hey.com. (could not be happier with this!)
- Canceled my Apple One subscription and left Apple News for a cheaper subscription to NYT, WSJ. (wasn’t reading the magazines at all)
- I still pay for 2TB iCloud due to the whole family needing the space for backups but contemplating moving my document workflow to Dropbox which I used for years but left for iCloud to save a few bucks)
- Left Podcasts app for Pocketcasts and Spotify.
- Left Apple Calendar for Fantastical
I’m still using Apple Reminders and Apple Notes and my most used Apple apps now are iMessage, Photos.
I really want to love Apple’s apps and use them but the lack of updates and innovation on the software side, while understandable, is disappointing. I understand they have billions of users and it’s a delicate balance of not changing too much at once but maybe push some of these apps out as stand alone updates instead of system updates? I know Apple can only focus on so much every year but I’m finding that my time, money, and productivity are better invested in companies who’s sole business is these apps. I hope in time Apple proves me wrong.