music

What's the best cloud backup option for music?

Episode 936

Leslie from Washington, DC

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.

Why won't my XBOX 360 stream everything I want it to? (Part 1)

Episode 917

Neil from Arizona

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.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 905

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.

I love the app "Songza" that you talked about on iPad Today (Part 2)

Episode 895

John from Illinois

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.