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Gary Bernhardt @garybernhardt
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everything on computers is worse than Winamp 2
The entirety of Winamp was smaller than the JavaScript that a "native" app uses to download and run the rest of the JavaScript that renders the HTML and CSS making up the platform-convention-violating UI exposing the data that lives on a server anyway because you are the product.
Also it started in less time than it takes your modern computer to update the screen in response to a key press, and was written by only two people, and used almost no CPU, and OK it did occasionally crash but so does everything else so we can cut it some slack there.
(I'm pretty sure that Winamp 2 was actually rock-solid but I felt compelled to hedge against its perfection in some way, probably in error.)
Nothing about iOS whips the llama's ass and this is the problem.
Computers have become so sterile and slow. This is not the cyberpunk future that I signed up for. This is a dystopia where you choose which of a handful of companies to pledge allegiance to, and then hope that they don't decide to drop you (and your data) with no recourse.
iPhone 4, 6, and 8; iOS 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11; every version of Spotify since I started using it in 2010.
iPhone 4 GeekBench score: ~770. Music skips. iPhone 8 GeekBench score: ~10067 (13x!). Music still skips.
The inevitable "this is just nostalgia" tweets. I've used Windows 2000 in the last two years. Have you? Boot it up and see how fast it is, even in a VM.
A former Spotify executive shows up in this thread, completely unconvinced that there might be a problem.
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