Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
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.
Steve wants to know how to untangle his iTunes account from the rest of the family. Leo says the first thing is to create a separate Apple ID for his kids. Then, add it to his family share for movies, music, etc. Then he can buy separately and still share it. But the only real issue is copy protected songs.
Guido burned a DVD a few years ago and now it won't play. Leo says there's a thing called "CD rot," and it happens to DVDs as well. The metal layer of the DVD can actually rot, preventing it from being played. It may also be that the dyes have faded. It also could be that he burned it and didn't finalize it. Then he just can't play it.
Dale is buying a Slingbox 500 and he also has the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Can he plug the Fire Stick into the Slingbox and then watch Fire TV on his phone? He uses Codi (formerly XBMC) sideloaded on it. Leo says probably, but it's a lot easier to just use apps that can be installed onto his phone. Since he wants baseball, the MLB At Bat app may work, but he'd have to subscribe to it. Doing it via Codi would be pirated and as such, it wouldn't be wise to do it. Leo recommends the MLB app -- it works great.
Tony has a ton of 8mm video tapes that he wants to digitize. Leo says that 8mm video was a great format back in the day, but it's important to get them digitized now. If he still has the camcorder that he used, and it still works, he can probably connect it to his computer. But if it's iffy, he shouldn't risk it. It may be better to get a Sony Hi-8 deck, and he could probably find one on eBay.
Rick s frustrated with iTunes. It seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to manage his own personal music and deletes some of it randomly. Is there a substitute that gives him more control over his music and podcasts? Unfortunately, iTunes has taken up all the air in the room in this category and most of the alternatives have dried up. But there are some third party programs to consider:
All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.
Clay is ripping old VHS tapes using a program by Roxio. But his file sizes are huge. Leo says he can change the settings to capture at a lower quality, but Leo doesn't recommend doing that. Clay should just transcode it to a smaller file size.
Leo recommends Handbrake.
Robin Thicke and Pharrel Williams lost a $7.3 million dollar copyright case this week to the estate of Marvin Gaye. They stated that the singers copied the 'feel' and 'vibe' of Gaye's hit "Got to Give it Up" with the Thicke hit "Blurred Lines." Critics state that the decision could be disastrous for the music industry.