Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Jesse is an audiophile who loves high resolution music. He wants to be able to listen to his music on any device without having to rely on an internet connection to do it. He was thinking about using Plex, but isn't sure how it works. Leo says that Plex doesn't pull music from the internet. It relies on local storage and then can route it to any device on the network. He could then send it to Roku to play. He should be able to stream 192 kb audio just fine over Wi-Fi.
President Obama visited Marc Maron's garage to the the guest on the WTF podcast this past Thursday. Marc Maron has had a show on IFC, and has a background in political talk radio. His podcast 'WTF,' is a comedy show where he typically interviews comedians.
Listen to the full episode of WTF with Marc Maron and President Obama at potus.wtfpod.com
Brad has an iPhone 6 Plus. He deleted the free U2 album, but when he restored his iPhone, it came back and he can't get rid of it! Leo says that's because there's a setting in iTunes that allows it to download music automatically. Apple has created a solution of how to remove the album permanently.
Paul wants to know if DVDs are going to be obsolete. Leo says not really. As long as his DVD player works, it will play. Eventually, when the technology changes, DVD players won't be available. But Blu-ray players can also play DVDs, and Leo has a hunch that backwards compatibility will continue.
Rob is a DJ and he would like to use iTunes on two separate laptops to mix between. Leo says there's two ways to do this. The first is to use the same Apple ID on both. He'll have up to 5 computers he can use at once. He could also use Family Sharing. That way he can manage all the music between multiple users. Home sharing is another option.
The fastest way would be to copy the library onto a disk, and then import the library into the other laptop.
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.