Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Aereo's Individual 'Dime Sized Antennas' Claim Might Not Be True

Episode 1096

Television

The Supreme Court ruled this week that Aereo is no different than a cable company, and should be required to pay retransmission fees. Aereo leases individual dime sized antennas to customers so they can watch local broadcast television for a low monthly fee. But this claim that all of these small antennas work independently from one another could be a lie. It may not technically be possible for such a small antenna to work by itself, and they may instead be working in concert as an array.

What streaming video box should I buy?

Fran from LaCrescenta, CA

Episode 1095

Fran is going to move to Hawaii for a short time and wants to stream all his content via a set top box like the Roku. Which should he go with? Leo says that each box has specialties that work better than others. AppleTV works great if he's in the Apple world. But Roku is better outside that, as is the FireTV.

If he buys a lot of content from Amazon, then FireTV is for Fran. They have a great games section as well. He won't be getting HBO, Showtime or ESPN with it, unless he keeps his cable subscription active. He should make sure to try it first.

How can I publish my podcast through Wordpress?

Audi from Great Britain

Episode 1091

Audi is into podcasting and he says it's very frustrating to get podcasts on all the available sites. He found a cool plugin called "PowerPress." He says it lets him control cover art and print tags in iTunes. It gives full control over a podcast feed. Leo says it's a great plugin, but it doesn't really work inside WordPress.com. He'll have to run his own, hosted version of Wordpress. But it works great. Another alternative is LibSyn.

Where can I host my podcast?

Raymond from Thousand Oaks, CA

Episode 1090

Raymond's boss wants him to do podcasts for work. Where can he host it? Leo says that LibSyn is great because it's cheap and they don't charge for bandwidth, only the storage for the podcast. At $5 a month, it can't be beat. It'll even submit the podcast to iTunes. Soundcloud is a great free storage option that will support podcasting. But it doesn't have as many features.

Why can't I see song titles on the CDs I just burned?

Episode 1088

Michael from Long Beach, CA
CD

Michael tried burning CDs, but he can't see the track names that he gives it when he tries loading that CD on a different computer. Leo says that's because the CDs don't include that information. It should be remembered in iTunes, but the physical media itself wouldn't have that data. It's normal and not part of the spec. If he sees it, that's because the device has identified it and downloaded the listings from the internet. Leo recommends uninstalling all burning software, iTunes, and Quicktime. Then he should install Quicktime first, then iTunes. That should clean up iTunes.

Apple Makes Beats Acquisition Official

Episode 1087

Beats and Apple

Apple made their acquisition of Beats Headphones and Music Service official, paying 3.2 Billion and putting Doctor Dre and Jimmy Iovine on their board. Leo admits he was wrong and missed this one, and he was convinced that this was a bogus rumor. Apple went after the music service, which offers unlimited downloads and streams for $10 a month, is heavily curated, and Leo says it's a lot like regular radio. It has about 250,000 users, which indicates that it's not much of a success as a service.