February 29, 2016 Last Updated 1:28 pm

Some iOS devices getting pushed new software update; Discogs releases its first mobile app

Afternoon updates: Star Touch by Toronto Star and EMBLEM3 release minor bug fix app updates, while Zillow adds video walkthroughs to its real estate mobile app

The owners of iPhones may be a little confused today as some are being informed of an update to iOS that supposedly was available a month ago. My guess that most have already updated to iOS 9.2.1, but others may be receiving the notice from Apple today for the first time.

iOS update 9.2.1

iOS 9.2.1 was released in January, then again just last week. Others are seeing the update for the very first time. This isn’t a new version of the mobile operating system but a rebuild (which is the best way to describe it). Last week’s update was meant to fix the Error 53 bug. Here is Apple’s statement from last week:

Some customers’ devices are showing ‘Connect to iTunes’ after attempting an iOS update or a restore from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This reports as an Error 53 in iTunes and appears when a device fails a security test. This test was designed to check whether Touch ID works properly before the device leaves the factory.

Today, Apple released a software update that allows customers who have encountered this error message to successfully restore their device using iTunes on a Mac or PC.

We apologize for any inconvenience, this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers. Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.

If you have already updated your device to iOS 9.2.1 and are not seeing another update don’t panic, you are not losing your mind. Well, actually, I can’t guarantee that. But you won’t likely see another update today.

Discogs iPhone appTNM received a notice today that Discogs has released a mobile app. As someone who is frequently on the discogs.com website I was immediately intrigued.

I use the Discogs site to track down information on old LP releases, music that has been long out of print. I have a rather extensive LP collection, though I’ve gotten rid of many old LPs through the years and kept those that remain out of print or are simply important to me for whatever reason. Many of them, however, I’ve converted to digital for convenience and to archive them in the best shape possible. I use Discogs to easily access the LP artwork.

But I also use the site to find those rare recordings I might not be aware of, or to get original release information. For instance, import a CD into your music player – iTunes or whatever – and the metadata might say the release date is 2004, but you know that is the date of the CD release not the original LP release, so it is easy to find the right data at Discogs.

That is generally as far as I go, but other users catalog their own records or use the Marketplace.

“The app’s beginning functionality will focus on the overwhelmingly most popular aspect of the Discogs platform: collection and wantlist, with more sorting and filtering options currently in development,” the company said. “For the last decade and a half, Discogs has consistently listened to their user base, (which, if you have any experience with vinyl collectors, can be a divisive and loud collective voice to absorb!) and adapted, rather than press unnecessary or superfluous features on them, and that will be the identical approach with their app.”

There were a few other media app updates released in the last few days.

Star Touch by Toronto Star, for instance, has received a minor bug fix update. This is the tablet app that uses the La Presse+ platform.

Also updated was the app from EMBLEM3 from EscapeX. It’s a minor bug fix update but comes with the bizarre version number: Version 1.8900.00. If you are not familiar with the app you can read the original TNM post on the app that appeared about two weeks ago here.

Zillow has updated its Real Estate by Zillow app, adding video walkthroughs. Realtors or owners can upload their videos using the app.

As a former Classified Advertising Manager, I must admit, this drives me crazy. When newspapers began to develop their digital media strategies most left the ad teams out of the process. This was a huge mistake as mobile apps may hold more advertising that even editorial promise (since editorial still has the mobile web). The result has been that some categories that have been lost of the past two decades – real estate and used cars, for instance – were not attacked anew through the creation of newspaper branded mobile classified apps. There was a huge opportunity that the digital competitors like Zillow and Realtor.com were slow to exploit. No more, with each update their apps are adding important new features. You snooze you lose, I guess.

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