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Rocket

I just found out about the closure of Rock Radio Scotland!!

I have listened to Rock Radio over the past year or so and have grown to look forward to tuning into a station that is more in line with my musical tastes than other stations.

Since the Rock Radio down south was rebranded as Real Radio XS ( which according to some friends is not much of a change from the format it was putting out) the Scottish station appeared to be getting stronger, looking for new acts, playing a wider range of music & overall appeared to be growing up to be more than it had ever been before.

Unfortunately, as the station appeared to be breaking free from it’s GMG straightjacket, it appears that the short sightedness of the management and advertisers ( who clearly do not understanding the massive market out there that would be willing to associate their favourite music with good quality brands.. ) caused the rock from Glasgow to get the axe..

Despite Rock Radio Scotland website showing that Rock Radio is being rebranded as Real Radio XS (as it was in England), we all know that the heart of this great station has been ripped out & stamped on. What will be left will be nothing more than the equivalent of leaving an iPod on shuffle with only classic rock on it..

More Music My Arse!!

Whilst I like Classic Rock (Yes my iTunes is full of it ), the reason it’s classic is because the bands got a start in the first place, without an outlet for new artists/bands the genre will go underground & loads of bands won’t get the recognition they deserve ( which might be where it needs to go, but I’d personally like to showcase the new & great and build the genre & give it room to grow again).

What the world needs is someone or a group of likeminded individuals, to create a replacement for Rock Radio. I’ve listened to some on-line stations that have held possibilities, but nothing has come close, so far..

I think that where GMG have been short sighted someone will take the opportunity & create what the listeners to Rock Radio were looking for..

Long live Rock !!

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Looking to the future

As anyone that reads my blog is aware I’m a bit of an Apple Fanboy, so it’s no surprise that I regularly follow rumours on the proposed future Apple product developments, taking everything with a pinch of salt (as you have to with any rumours).

I have recently been looking on the Internet to see if there are any further rumours about the proposed (ie reported in the Scottish press) Apple Store in Braehead.

During my trawl, I found a page from the Paisley Daily Express that appeared to indicate that Apple are considering an Edinburgh store in Princess St?? I also found an older website that also had this suggestion (although it also suggested East Kilbride) and this has got me thinking..

Just to justify my comments for a second, I like the hidden parts of Edinburgh with it’s Indy record stores and quirky little shops (I miss the Chocolatier that used to be near the Scottish Parliament – cracking choice of hot chocolate), but there’s too much tourist tat and the parking is horrendous. East Kilbride is Ok, but it’s not got anything you can’t get in Glasgow and the old parts of the shopping centre are feeling very dated the last time I was there ( which was some time ago, so to be honest it may have improved?)

Going back to my original point, could there be places in Scotland that Apple could open stores, places like Edinburgh and East Kilbride that have tried to pull their shopping streets and shopping centres up from their bootstraps, but struggled because of the economy. Could Apple use their retail magic to turn these pumpkins into crystal coaches and bring other big names to cinderella’s ball like they did with Regents St, London?

On a Personally note, I would love Apple to open a store in the Glasgow Fort, partially because it’s on my doorstep, but also because it’s a great location and, since the rumour that Marks & Spencer’s were going to build a store there a few Xmas’ back, there hasn’t been much in the way of exciting new developments ( sorry I’m not interested in fashion clothing stores & the loss of Borders has ripped out the heart of the fort for me).

In my mind, there are a few things going in the fort’s favour, including late night shopping on the run up to Xmas and twice a year the fort opens early for the Next sale, which snakes round the closed stores as the coffee shops (Costa & Starbucks) and the food stalls provide the queuing shoppers with morning rolls & drinks. I’m sure that the centre management and security would happily accommodate the same for a store opening or several product launches.

Looking at the area around the fort, North and South Lanarkshire, who I believe use a lot of Apple products in their schools, would benefit from the store and the store would benefit from parents and teachers purchasing from the store. Areas of Glasgow, not already covered by the Buchanan Street store or the proposed Braehead store, would also benefit in a similar way.

Since it appears that M&S aren’t going to build the store rumoured at the fort, there is enough land for Apple to build a shiny new store right next to the M8 which would act like a beacon for style shoppers who have passed but not taken the opportunity to pop in.

Where will Apple wave it’s retail wand in Scotland next? Only they know, but I’m sure I’ll be there when they do, to get a launch day t-shirt! (ok so I didn’t go to the Aberdeen opening.. but you can’t have it all)

Update (26/04/13): I’ve just had a look on my WordPress stats and someone searched for “when does the apple store open in the fort in glasgow”, do they know something no one
else does, or is is just coincidence? I’m not aware of anyone else touting The Glasgow Fort as an Apple Store location so it’s interesting to spot this.. If you are the person who searched, thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment or contact me on Twitter (see the Braehead Apple Store posts).

iPad in hand is worth…

A week after the official UK launch we ( my good lady wife and myself) finally got our hands on the shiny new device.

We decided to splurge and get an iPad for Xmas with family giving us money towards it, but just before the festive season started the Apple rumour mill whispered about the fabled iPad2.

Luckily we decided to hold fire and see whether the rumours were true. Last night my better half contacted the Glasgow Buchanan St Apple Store and got the low-down on how to get our hands on the device.

We now have a 16GB iPad 2 (black) which is what we wanted, and it was easier than you would expect.

For those readers who don’t yet know the secret… Go to www.apple.com/uk and select the ‘Apple Retail Store’ link at the bottom of the page.

You should then get a page with the iPad 2 in the main panel, just below that is a ‘reserve now’ link. If you go to the page at exactly 9PM then you may be lucky to reserve your own iPad for store pickup the next day, with free setup !!

The Apple Store staff are brilliant and remember that if you are new to the iPad they are presently running free Workshops on the iPad along with all their other free Workshops ( ask in any Apple store or go to your nearest stores via www.apple.com/uk and select ‘Workshops’ within the ‘make a Reservation’ menu at the top left of the stores page.)

Personally, I was a little disappointed with my Apple Store experience, but I have an expectation of Apple and sometimes Apple staff do not quite match my expectations. As usual Apple have asked for feedback on our visit ( because they want to know what their customers think and want the best experience for them) so are aware and I’m sure will resolve the issues before my next visit.

So I’m now home and upgrading iOS to the latest version, setting up iTunes to save the photos & movies to a different location from my iPhone and generally setting it up the way I want ( or should that be we want ?).

Time to hand it back to the better half and get back to studying.