Alex is using QBase software on a MacMini in his music studio. He wants to be able to connect his iPad to it and use it to be keyboard and mouse on his Mac Mini.
Leslie has a very large iTunes music library, and she'd like to back it up. She wants to be sure not to lose it. Leo says that Leslie's best bet is iTunes Match. For $25 a year, her collection gets matched with copies that Apple has, and the ones that aren't matched are uploaded to Apple's servers. She can then stream them and download them again from there. Google has a similar service for free called Google Music.
Leo says that there's probably copy protection on older purchased tracks that Neil bought online. The good news is that for $25, iTunes Match will let him replace the songs he bought that were copy protected with DRM free ones. Not only will he be able to replace all his music with DRM free, but they'll be upgraded to 256KB quality music. Even if he only does it once, it's a bargain.
Neil Young is developing a player and audio format called Pono. It's 192 khz/24 bit. Leo says that's a lot of detail and data there and it's likely to be indistinguishable from analog recordings. Scheduled to launch next year. Young says that as a musician, he believes we aren't getting all the information that live performance, or studio gives us.
Leo says they're not doomed just yet, but that seems to be the trend. People interested in buying music players tend to go with smartphones and double up so they don't have to carry multiple devices. There's always a need for music players for people working out and hiking, though.
This week's gadget is the Cord Cruncher. It came from Kickstarter and it automatically retracts and contracts with a simple tug. Kinda clever. Decent sound. Comes in Pearl Blue, Rocket Red, and Matte Black. Leo says it would be great if you could add your own headphones. Cost is $25 and it's available exclusively on their website.
Another crazy, functional gadget is the Baker's Band ... it's a silicon band that fits around your baking dish to prevent boilovers.
Songza is internet radio similar to Pandora, except with Songza users can find music based on moods instead of favorite artists. John heard about it on iPad Today hosted by Sarah Lane on TWiT. Songza also has an iOS and Android app and even is available on Sonos. Songza is free, although it's only available in the US for now.