Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Rusty is interested in cutting cable, and wants to know how he can do that. Leo says that if he's in an area where he can get over the air local channels with an antenna, then he can get most of his live programming free. Check out AntennaWeb.org for suggestions on the best antennas for his area.
Mike wants to know the highest quality sound he can play on his iPod. Leo says at 320kbps AAC, but they also support AIFF and ALAC. ALAC is the highest quality he can get. But he'll want to be sure to rip the CDs uncompressed so he can start with the absolute best option.
Velma would like to grab audio clips and use them to teach English as a second language (ESL). Leo says that Applian makes ReplayRadio. It will let her schedule and record radio that will do the job nicely.
Leo says that podcasts are a great resource for that as well. And there's a broad variety of topics, to accents, and more.
Daniel is wondering if a Google Chromecast would be a good way to get more content without buying more Dish channels. He also was wondering if he could get local channels. Leo says he wouldn't get local channels with a Chromecast. The Supreme Court's decision against Aereo, a service that would stream local channels for a small fee, it will be unlikely for awhile to get local channels online.
Jerry has music on his iPhone and he needs a program that understands that there may be multiple copies of the same song (live vs. recorded, etc), but delete legitimate duplications. Is there a third party app that can do that?
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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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.
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.