Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Is the Chromecast a good way to get more TV content without buying more Dish channels?

Daniel from Lake Forest, CA

Episode 1161

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.

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. is a website where can input the link and it will give him download options.

Other sites include:

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
Onkyo TX-NR636

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

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.