MacNN used to be my go-to source for Apple news, back when "Apple" and "Mac" were more or less synonymous. I'm sad to see them go... but at the same time, mildly surprised they're still around. I haven't visited in years. It's pretty much as they say: who needs a niche site like this when Apple news is plastered everywhere?
Even though I don't visit it, I'm at least peripherally aware of theloop, information, etc... And usually hear a reference to sites like them every month or so. - But I'm struggling to remember, if even once in the last 5 years of that 2+ hours a day, I came across a story from macNN. Obviously this is an anecdote, but, 5+ years at 2 (or more) hours a day - you'd think I'd recall something from the site - but nothing comes to mind...
In comparison the successful Apple blogs are done by driven and opinionated individuals (Jason Snell, John Gruber, Siracusa, Marco Arment, Ben Thompson) which you get familiar with over the years and reading/listening to them over time is like talking sports with your pals.
MacRumors has Arnold Kim, 9to5mac had Mark Gurman etc I don't even read iMore often, I but still know that Rene Ritchie and Serenity Caldwell are working there. MacNN? I have a blank.
But I also have never heard of this website.
Thanks for all MacNN!
The forums eventually became less valuable, less fun, but I'm not precisely sure why.
My morning routine starts with:
and with some exceptions, posts these days are just links to podcasts (which I don't have a desire to listen to). I've been told that it is because podcasts are an actual source of income, whereas blog posts are not so much a way of earning a living.
Makes me wonder if it is that podcasts are more lucrative, or that blog posts are no longer lucrative.
Edit: And did ad-blocked loss of advertising play a role in MacNN's demise?
The expectation that a person could start a website, fill it with advertising, and make money has made the internet significantly less valuable as a resource for finding information, IMO, so I don't have a big problem with this.
Perhaps I am a too-small demographic nowadays such that I prefer to read my commentary rather than listen to it.
Alas, I had to get rid of my SE/30, my Classic, and my LC II. And not having bought a IIfx still stings.
Also, a modern LCDs although conceptually multisync does not actually like frequencies that aren't PC standard S/VGA. Or it was the sync-on-green causing problems.
Might this be why?
> there's less need for an Apple-specific news site when news about Apple is plastered everywhere, on every site, all the time.
Including HN. Every Apple keynote there are 20 links plastered all over the HN homepage for even the most inane little details.