Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Why can't I see song titles on the CDs I just burned?

Episode 1088

Michael from Long Beach, CA
CD

Michael tried burning CDs, but he can't see the track names that he gives it when he tries loading that CD on a different computer. Leo says that's because the CDs don't include that information. It should be remembered in iTunes, but the physical media itself wouldn't have that data. It's normal and not part of the spec. If he sees it, that's because the device has identified it and downloaded the listings from the internet. Leo recommends uninstalling all burning software, iTunes, and Quicktime. Then he should install Quicktime first, then iTunes. That should clean up iTunes.

Apple Makes Beats Acquisition Official

Episode 1087

Beats and Apple

Apple made their acquisition of Beats Headphones and Music Service official, paying 3.2 Billion and putting Doctor Dre and Jimmy Iovine on their board. Leo admits he was wrong and missed this one, and he was convinced that this was a bogus rumor. Apple went after the music service, which offers unlimited downloads and streams for $10 a month, is heavily curated, and Leo says it's a lot like regular radio. It has about 250,000 users, which indicates that it's not much of a success as a service.

Why won't my Chromecast work?

Jim from Davis, CA

Episode 1086

Jim has a Chromecast for streaming to TV via Wi-Fi. Leo says that's a great device. Jim says that the Chromecast button that's supposed to appear in all media apps has disappeared, though. Leo advises relaunching the Chromecast app and also make sure the Chromecast is seated in the HDMI port properly.

If the light is blinking, then it's not online, so it could be having trouble connecting. Jim should unplug and plug it back in. That's how Google updates the Chromecast and maybe it just needed an update. When in doubt, reboot!

AT&T Expected to Announce Acquisition of DirecTV

Episode 1084

AT&T is expected to announce this week that they will be buying DirecTV. Leo says that with Time Warner being bought by Comcast after buying Universal, the landscape is getting smaller, and will leave little room for competition. This is not a good thing for consumers.

AT&T makes bet on video with $48.5 billion DirecTV bid (Reuters)…
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-directv-att-idUSBREA4B0W220140519

Why is it taking so long to rip a CD on my Mac?

John from Canyon, CA

Episode 1083

John rips his CDs and puts them on his iPad to listen to. But his new iMac takes a lot longer to rip his CDs in iTunes than his old one. He even tried a third party ripper and it takes the same amount of time.

Leo says that's an odd development because the machines are much faster. Leo suggests looking at the bitrate that John is ripping to. Another issue is error correction. If that's enabled, that will really slow things down. Turning that off would speed things up. Leo also thinks that iTunes could be contributing to the problem, because as it's progressed, it's gotten worse.

Why won't my burned CDs play on my CD player?

Bill from Louis, DE

Episode 1082

Bill does the sound at his church and when he uses burned CDs, they won't work with his players. Leo says that there's more than one way to burn a disc. He can burn a disc by dragging files onto a CD, and if he doesn't finalize them, they won't be usable. If it's a data disc, it may play on a computer, but not a CD player. It's not a perfect art. But the key is to be sure it's burned properly.

How can I build a podcast audience?

Dillon from Apple Dorn, Netherlands

Episode 1082

Dillon wants to start a podcast, but doesn't know how to build his audience. Leo says that's the wrong way to think about it. An "audience" expects to be amused and entertained. For podcasting, that's just not enough. He'll want to build a community who will stay engaged with him and his show. He'll want to have discussions, chats, etc. The realm of media has really changed.