Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Jim is frustrated because he'll be watching a video on his phone and it'll buffer. Leo says that's a speed/bandwidth issue. Streaming will buffer about 30 seconds of video before starting to get ahead. Then if the packets come out of order or slow down, the buffer is there. If it happens a lot, the buffer will just run out and rebuffer. So it has to do with connection, bandwidth, and the ability of your system to keep up. Faster internet will solve the problem, as will a lower resolution stream.
Apple Music was announced at the WWDC 2015 keynote this past week. It's a streaming music service that gives you access to the music available on the iTunes Music Store for $9.99 a month, or $15 a month for a family of up to six users. This is a rebranded version of the Beats Music service, which Apple acquired last year.
Kate has been having trouble with iTunes because it's very confusing. Since she's on Windows, she doesn't have to use iTunes. Leo recommends Media Monkey instead. And when she rips her CDs, Leo suggests ripping them lossless (FLAC or AAC). Then let Google Music upload it. Then it'll be saved in the Cloud and protected.
Kevin wants to know if HD audio is like HD video as far as clarity and resolution. He thinks that with cheap headphones, nobody is really going to tell the difference. So is it worth it? Leo says that David Pogue stated that HD audio is 'snake oil,' and it takes some training to hear the differences.
Scott does music recording on his MacBook Pro, but some of his recordings are getting a "disk too slow" error. Leo says that has to do with how many tracks he's recording, and an SSD would definitely fix that. Scott should check out the Blackmagic Speed Disk Tester in the Mac App Store. It'll test the speed of his hard drive and it will tell him if his hard drive is fast enough for the recording he's doing.
Rick wants to know why his acoustic MP3s skip around. Leo says it could be the software he's using to play them back. Leo says it's weird that it would get better over time, rather than just being from a bad encode. It could also be the software he used to rip the CD with.
The chatroom says that some MP3 players have a check box that says "skip gaps," and the acoustic music could have silent sections in it that causes it. Leo says to try a different player, different medium and look for commonality.
Paul is frustrated because his audio is out of sync with his video. Leo says that's a common issue because audio is much easier to compress and decompress than video. But Paul says it gets out of sync with his wireless Bluetooth headphones only. Leo says that's a latency issue. Wired headphones would likely solve the problem.
Marilee and her husband are both artists and they'd like to use the Internet to earn a living with her art. They're looking to do tutorials. Should they create a DVD or do online training? Leo says that online training is definitely the way to go, buy why not do both? There will be older people that want to do it as a DVD, but also have an online option for the younger crowd. Leo recommends checking out Lynda. Then Lulu for DVDs on demand.
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John's iPhone 5 has died. He's got 4,000 pictures on it. What can he do? Leo says that one place that can maybe do it is DriveSavers. They're experts at data recovery and do offer iPhone recovery, but it won't be cheap. If they can't do it, they'll know who can. This is why backing up is so important.
Michael has an older MacBook Pro and he's looking to get a new MacBook Air for DJing. Would it be sufficient? Leo says that MacBook Air with 4GB RAM should work just fine. But doubling up on the RAM certainly wouldn't hurt. Audio isn't that big of a power draw. The 13" MacBook Pro is a great option too, as it's thin, light, and has a gorgeous screen.