Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Leo says using Flash isn't as bad on the desktop as it is on mobile. Leo doesn't like Flash, but Adobe is getting better at keeping it up to date on user's computers. She could even use Flash without even installing it as a separate plug-in by downloading the free Google Chrome at google.com/chrome. The way Chrome handles Flash is much more secure.
Ken’s local community has been broadcasting community concerts for years. But the local radio station doesn’t want to do it anymore. How can they stream them online and archive them affordably? There are a lot of places that stream for free … YouTube for instance. Vimeo is even better for higher quality. But Leo suggests for live streaming to use Ustream or Justin.
Kurt is looking for a database program that can take what’s on his CDRoms and catalog the data on them so he can search easier for the mp3s. The Chatroom says Collectorz makes a series of programs perfectly designed for it. Media Monkey can also do it. The Chatroom also suggests CDCat, and open source option. Advanced Disc Catalog.
Peter likes to stream church services live, but they don’t want to use UStream because they have no control over the ad content. Is there an option? Justin.TV has a pro account with no ads, as does LiveStream. Leo thinks that all three should offer ad-free versions for non profits, like churches. Or at least give ratings on their ads so they can choose.
Derek has an iPad and a Droid Phone. Is there an app for the Droid that will allow him to connect to Music Match on iTunes? Leo says that he’s in the same boat. You can sync your Android Phone to your iTunes connection and playlist through DoubleTwist. But Apple won’t let you use MusicMatch with Android. You could use Google Play/Google Music as well, though.
Rich has been posting Podcast videos on YouTube that promotes independent music artists. But YouTube is constantly sending them copyright notices and taking them down. Leo says he gets the same nonsense from people harassing them. You have to appeal each one. YouTube needs a safe harbor for stuff like this. And what stinks is, the burden is on you to prove you have all the rights. In fact, YouTube has gotten worse by creating an automatic system that takes things down based on “fingerprints” submitted by alleged copyright holders and rogue companies are doing that. Why?
Steve has heard of Papaya Broadcaster which streams mp3s to Icecast. But it’s mono. Any suggestions? Leo says the audio jack in the iPhone has a mono microphone. But the 30 pin jack is another story. Leo says that there are microphones designed for it, like the Apogee. From the Chat-room, there’s the TASCAM iM2 Channel Portable Digital Recorder.
Jeff works at a production company and his job is to find a better option than the "Air" video server. He needs a solution that would prevent piracy, but will stream the project that's being worked on. Leo says that the iTunes Media server would probably work. Most Network Attached Storage devices that have iTunes servers built-in. So he could put the content on it, and anyone with iTunes or iOS could see and stream it. Tom in the chatroom works for a post house and dealt with the same issue, and iTunes was the answer.