I’d like to take the time to utter some criticism/constructive feedback as MPU is near and dear to my heart. I have been listening to MPU for 4-5 years, I still enjoy listening and I think the transition from Katie to Stephen has worked out quite nicely. I also still enjoy the interview shows very much. However… when it came to topic shows more than not in the past weeks and month I felt that the Mac Power Users have become the Mac Average Users. I rarely learn something from listening and the issues covered often are just the basics - and by no means advanced or nerdy. A few examples:
#544 Notes Roundup: the show talked in great length about Apple Notes and then some well-known citizens of the Apple note-taking universe like Drafts and OneNote - litte mention of the new wave of connected note-taking approaches, little mention of Roam, nothing on Obsidian etc. What got a mention though (once again) is Tot… seriously… does Relay have any kind of secret agreement with the IconFactory people? It looks like some kind of (not too) guerilla marketing campaign. Not just at MPU and Relay but also at MacStories for example. I mean… it is a neat looking text editor with a questionable business model not the reinvention of computing.
#539 Back to Email: Again: just covered the usual suspects. On the other hand, the interview parts were a very good idea.
without further specific examples… I just have the impression that many of the general discussions have become quite shallow, adding little insight / offering rarely innovative thoughts.
More Power Users: Yet another news discussion segment? Hm… Why not living up to the name? More Power Users could’ve been a real nerd extravaganza covering topics too specific and detailed for the main podcast. A news segment is not what I am looking for when listening to MPU. There are other podcasts that which are focused on news and can therefore do a better job.
So… this is not about trashing MPU and I absolutely get it: Both David and Stephen have a lot on their plates, need to keep their businesses running, need to make money etc. And MPU is not bad by any stretch of the imagination. However, my impression over the past months has been a decline in quality and depth. MPU has been one of the first podcasts I subscribed to and I really hope that it sticks around for a long time. That’s why I hope my critique helps to sharpen the senses. Maybe I am wrong or expect too much. It would be really interesting to me how everybody else feels about this. But this is were I stand at the moment.