Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How can I download YouTube videos?

Daniel from Lake Forest, CA

Episode 1161

Larry has a Samsung tablet and he'd like to watch YouTube videos without using Wi-Fi. Is there something that will allow him to cache the videos locally? Leo says that there are a number of sites that would allow him to do this. An app called TubeSock Pro will do it. KeepVid.com is a website where can input the link and it will give him download options.

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How can I manage my music?

Mark from Altoona, PA

Episode 1161

Mark has a huge hard drive with over 300,000 songs and videos. Is there any software that can go through the list and remove any corrupted or damaged files automatically? Leo says that Media Monkey has some great tagging and music management features. It's free to try. Mark could have it reorganize his folders, but if there's a corrupted file, there's no real way to know it unless he plays it.

How can I listen to my uncompressed audio files?

Episode 1154

Ted from Columbus, OH
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Ted wants to listen to his music via Airplay, but he doesn't like that it's compressed. Leo says yes, music streamed over Wi-Fi will be compressed. So it's best to keep it all wired as a result. Since Ted has such great speakers, he'll want to get a digital to analog converter to play the music through his computer. He should rip his CDs using Apple lossless or FLAC. FIIO is a good company for DACs.

Should I buy a Blu-ray burner?

Episode 1151

George from Houston, TX
Blu-rays

George would like to burn Blu-ray DVDs. Why can't he do that? Leo says that he can, but the problem is that the blanks have been expensive until recently. Now that they're a few dollars each, it is more viable to burn with a Blu-ray recorder. But the movie industry is resistant to this.

NewEgg has Blu-ray burners for as low as $60. But Leo says that Blu-rays aren't long for this world, since everything is going to streaming. And with 4K coming, that will go the way of the DVD as well.

Should I put my movie on YouTube?

Episode 1143

Mike from Pomona, CA
YouTube on Mac and iPhone

Mike is an independent movie producer and is thinking of using YouTube as a distribution arm. He's worried that someone may steal it, though. Leo says there's always that risk. YouTube does a good job of preventing casual users from downloading a file, but it's not really that hard to figure out how to do it. The rewards far outweigh the risks, though, because that's where the eyeballs are.

Does the Pono Player not support gapless playback?

Episode 1143

Bill from Los Angeles, CA
Pono Player

Bill picked up one of Neil Young's new Pono Player and what he thinks is that it sounds amazing, but it has no gapless playback. It just plays straight through. Leo says that's a firmware issue and he's heard that it will be fixed with a future firmware update. In fact, it works just fine with Pono Desktop. So be patient, as it will be fixed down the line.

How can I stream video from South America?

Episode 1139

Joe from San Diego, CA
Uruguay flag

Joe is moving to Uruguay and he's finding that he can't use Netflix or other streaming video services there. This is just because many of the popular streaming services don't work in all countries. If he had a house in the US with a cable subscription, he could use HBO Go, or Time Warner cable's app.

ScooterX says that Netflix is in Uruguay now, but it'll be a limited catalog. Could he Slingbox with a friend's account? Leo says that would be one way to do it.