Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How can I share my band's music online?

Tyler from Palmdale, CA

Episode 1234

Tyler is in a rock band and they're recording their first album. They want to release a few songs for free on their website, but they're having trouble offering free downloads over iOS. Leo says that iOS can play MP3s, but it's hard to get mobile apps to talk to one another. Leo advises putting them on SoundCloud. It's a good place to do it because he can do it for free. And SoundCloud has an app that people can use to play the songs on mobile as well.

Why can't I burn DVDs anymore?

Christine from San Diego, CA

Episode 1228

Christine is having trouble burning DVDs via iDVD. Leo says that program hasn't been updated in years. Apple abandoned it, but many still use it. If Christine updated it, that could have broken the usability of it. It could also be a bad DVD blank. The bottom line is that the future is calling, and optical media isn't coming along with it. We're moving to the cloud. But for sharing movies with family members, a DVD is still a good idea.

Could I replace my external drive with cloud storage for my media?

Joe from Austin, TX

Episode 1227

Joe has a Mac Mini and he has been keeping programs on the internal drive and data on his external data drive. He wants to move all the data over to cloud storage, though. But he has about 160GB of data with movies, music, photos etc. Leo says that the amount of data he stores in the cloud will be limited by his upload speed. To get an idea of what his upload speed is, he could take his download bandwidth speed and reduce it by 75%, then divide that by the amount of data he wants to upload. It could take months.

What happened to all my music with Apple Music?

Episode 1208

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Apple Music

Ellie says that Apple Music has screwed up her phone. Leo says that the problem lies with having iTunes Match. What that means is that her phone isn't setup with iCloud Drive, so her phone just doesn't see the files. It hasn't been deleted, it's still in the cloud. iCloud Music Library and Apple Music must be turned on. Otherwise, it will only see the puchased content.

How can I move my iTunes music to Android?

Episode 1203

Jose from Paramount, CA

Jose has lost some of his iTunes music from his mobile phone. Leo says that while iTunes says he's responsible for it, he can ask them to restore them and chances are they will do it. But he also has an Android phone right now. So how can he move them over? Leo says that Apple uses AAC, a standard form of music encoding.

Once he has his music, then he can use a third party solution like DoubleTwist, which can move them over for him. Then he should back up his music!

What's the story behind your "Right On the Air" sign?

Fernando from Nuremberg, Germany

Episode 1200

Fernando had been watching Leo and Tech TV on the C-Band in Mexico. He's wondering what the Right On the Air sign that sits behind Leo is all about. It has a 70's hippie look to it. It comes from an old San Francisco radio station, KKSF, when Leo moved to the area. He was on a station called Clock FM that bought KKSF. The transfer of ownership happened at noon, and the DJ from the rock station played Blue Oyster Cult before walking out the door. Leo then came in to start playing some Neil Diamond song, and he asked the rock DJ if he could keep the On the Air sign. He said he could.

Is it illegal for me to modify my Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Joseph from Houston, TX

Episode 1199

Joseph got the Amazon Fire TV, and he modified it to put Kodi on it. Now he has access to a lot more content, but he's wondering if he's going to get in trouble for doing that. Leo says it's perfectly fine to modify hardware that he bought and owns, even if the manufacturers don't particularly like it. It may be technically illegal to do so, but Leo is of the opinion that he should be able to do what he wants with the hardware he buys.