Sunday, 7 October 2018

How to remove 'Connect' from Music on iOS

Scroll down to Instructions if you just want the solution.

There used to be a real excitement about installing the latest apple operating system.  This peaked for me around the time of Tiger and Leopard when the interface and functionality would significantly jump with each iteration and I couldn't wait to get my cursor all over them. 

Now I'm older I have learned to approach each new refresh with a degree of trepidation a the term 'feature' appears to become synonymous with 'unnecessary,' 'unwanted,' and therefore 'unwelcome.'

Fortunately, iOS 12 seems pretty smart and builds on what works...almost.  The 'Connect' menu item inside the 'Music' app has reared its bulky and ugly head on my valuable screen real estate (I like the SE, I really don't want anything bigger that'll bend in my pocket).  

An unwelcome 'connect' icon on my Music app. Let's get rid of it.

I have no love for the Connect platform.  As Apple pushes to make anything musical in my domestic life only possible through its products, or even worse, a collection of products I must go out and buy, it also believes it can generate platforms and censor content.  You can't have it both ways Apple - unless you are really, REALLY good at it and you've yet to sufficiently impress me to throw away my LPs and believe you know what is best for me to listen to. 

Anyway, I found a fix, it's hidden under seven new screens of less-than-obvious headings. 


  1. Open 'Settings' app.
  2. Select 'Screen Time' - a new option below 'Do Not Disturb.'
  3. Select 'Content & Privacy Restrictions' and enter passcode if required.
  4. Switch 'Content & Privacy Restrictions' to 'on' if currently 'off.'
  5. Select 'Content Restrictions'
  6. Select 'Music Profiles & Posts' and switch to 'off.'
Done.  The 'Connect' menu item in the 'Music' app is now gone!

Monday, 10 September 2018

How to sign up for a tutorial this academic year

Dear All

I have moved to the third floor of the Geoffrey Pope. If you wish to come and book an appointment, you will have to sign up outside my office on good old-fashioned (and reliable) pen and paper.

See you this term.


Monday, 7 May 2018

Surviving in Shanghai

I have to be quite careful here.

Moving to Shanghai has been adventure.  I've made lots of mistakes and lots of surprises.  I've ordered food expecting it to be sweet and it's full of meat and vice versa.  Those kind of things make progress slow but rewarding and certainly fun.

Every journey begins with a first step, and a big shop.
I'm desperate to share them but this is not the platform.  My Visa doesn't allow journalism of any form,hHowever, I do feel the need to communicate something about my establishment of my office, a tidy home and a functioning smartphone for those who certainly follow in coming to stay at ShanghaiTech with the Terasaki group, or elsewhere.

Please click here to see my tips on surviving in Shanghai.  I am contemplating writing similar articles for the other places I have lived.
Click here to see my tips on Surviving in ShanghaiTech.
Hopefully you can learn from any expensive and time consuming mistakes giving you more time to make the fun sort of mistakes instead.  Safe travels and get in touch if you need - we chat about our experiences without worrying about not being allowed back in the country.