Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Why are eBooks so terribly laid out?

Tim from Nashua, NH

Episode 1002

Tim agrees that eBooks are taking over, but he says that a lot of the new eBooks are filled with typos and are terrible PDF scans of real hard copy books. Leo says we saw the same thing in the early days of DVDs. That's why he suggests reading reviews of eBooks on Amazon before he buys. Leo also says that in today's wired and connected economy, customers talk to each other and it's really foolish to take the easy road when flirting with new technologies. If people see bad reviews that complain, people won't buy. That said, eBook sales were up 43% last year, with 457 million sold.

Time Warner Cable Drops CBS

Episode 1001

Time Warner Cable has dropped CBS in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas after CBS asked for a 600% increase in their licensing fees. They also took off CBS' other cable networks including Showtime.

CBS responded by blocking Time Warner Internet customers trying to stream CBS content. Leo says we've seen this kind of brinksmanship before as both sides angle. Leo says it's like dinosaur's fighting and there's no winners, especially the consumers.

Is physical media really dying?

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Episode 1001

Louis wants to know why Leo is in favor of streaming media over physical media. Leo says he isn't. He just says that the trend shows that physical media is dying as people are adopting streaming options. Louis says that the downside of streaming media is the lack of special features. Leo says that special features were only to prevent users from pirating the movie by giving users added value. Now streaming is far more efficient. Leo does think we're in a transitional period, though, and he suspects that special features may return, or as much as the studios are willing to offer them.

How can I transfer my iTunes music to my new Mac?

Episode 1000

Andre from Burbank, CA
Senuti

Andre wants to be sure that when he gets a new computer, he can get all his music on it via iTunes. First, he should make sure he puts all the music into one main folder and then moves that folder onto a USB Key. Then put that into the new computer and use the "Add to Library" feature to import from that folder to the new iTunes library.

Can he do it from the iPod? Sure. It's a bit harder, but Leo recommends Senuti to do that.

'CBS This Morning' Segment Spreads Misinformation About Importance of Passwords

Episode 992

Leo plays and corrects commentary from actress and comedian Faith Salie on passwords. The segment aired Sunday on CBS This Morning. Since Salie isn't a security expert, and is an actress and comedian, Leo doesn't completely lay the blame with her. It's more on CBS for allowing such a segment to air, which could severely misinform people who aren't as tech savvy.

How can I improve audio recording on a smartphone?

Episode 989

Braden from Wisconsin

Whenever Braden uses his smartphone to record, the audio is terrible. Leo says that phones these days use multiple microphones and dedicates one for noise cancellation. If he doesn't have that feature, then an external microphone connected to the phone with an adapter will work. The iRig may be good for that. Audio Technica also makes a microphone that can plug into a smartphone, but it looks like a big stage microphone.

Is there a way to record live streaming sports online?

John from San Diego, CA

Episode 988

John is a sports fan and he wants to be able to record live streaming sports online. Leo says that the idea behind streaming is that they don't want people to record it. He could always view or download it from them at a later date. There is a company called Applian that does just that, however. He'll want the Applian Replay Media Capture. He should download the free trial to make sure it works.