Spotify

What MP3 player should I buy?

iPod Touch

Episode 1546

Charles from Whittier, CA

Charles' CD player is dying, so he's thinking of getting an MP3 player. Leo says that physical media is fading away and going digital is a good idea. He can take all the CDs he owns and "rip" them into an mp3 format. But it's likely that everything he owns and wants to listen to are available now using music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. They're around $10 a month or $15 for a family plan.

Winamp Will Live On Through Spotify Tribute App

Episode 1042

After Winamp had announced it was shutting down, Spotify created an app called "Spotiamp" as a tribute to the popular Windows jukebox app. Spotify's version will allow you to stream tunes through Spotify using the classic Winamp interface.

It's not clear whether or not Winamp will be purchased by another company. There are rumors indicating a deal could be in the works for Microsoft to buy the app from AOL, but there haven't been any further details on it.

What happened to Limewire? (Part 2)

Episode 1039

Hank from Westchester, PA

Hank is wondering what happened to Limewire. Leo says they got sued out of existence. Hank's wondering if there's anything else similar to it that's out now. Leo says that Limewire is dead because people used it to illegally share music, according to the record industry, and when they won in court Limewire was blocked forever. This happened 2010. Piracy has never ended, though, and now Bittorrent is the piracy method of choice.

Is it possible to keep music I'm listening to on Pandora? (Part 1)

Pandora

Episode 890

George from Downey, CA

No, but there are plenty of other options for having more control over his music. Pandora is an internet radio station that is free with ads or without ads for a small monthly fee. The music industry allows it to exist because there are some limitations with it. For instance, it's not possible to pick a song and it only allows for a certain number of song skips per day.