Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
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.
Joey wants to be able to run a PowerPoint presentation continuously in a loop. Leo says that PowerPoint will allow him to export it as a video, and then he can play it back on a loop through his video player. Microsoft has a support page on how to do this here.
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.