Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

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
Blu-rays

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.

Should I put my movie on YouTube?

Episode 1143

Mike from Pomona, CA
YouTube on Mac and iPhone

Mike is an independent movie producer and is thinking of using YouTube as a distribution arm. He's worried that someone may steal it, though. Leo says there's always that risk. YouTube does a good job of preventing casual users from downloading a file, but it's not really that hard to figure out how to do it. The rewards far outweigh the risks, though, because that's where the eyeballs are.

Does the Pono Player not support gapless playback?

Episode 1143

Bill from Los Angeles, CA
Pono Player

Bill picked up one of Neil Young's new Pono Player and what he thinks is that it sounds amazing, but it has no gapless playback. It just plays straight through. Leo says that's a firmware issue and he's heard that it will be fixed with a future firmware update. In fact, it works just fine with Pono Desktop. So be patient, as it will be fixed down the line.

How can I stream video from South America?

Episode 1139

Joe from San Diego, CA
Uruguay flag

Joe is moving to Uruguay and he's finding that he can't use Netflix or other streaming video services there. This is just because many of the popular streaming services don't work in all countries. If he had a house in the US with a cable subscription, he could use HBO Go, or Time Warner cable's app.

ScooterX says that Netflix is in Uruguay now, but it'll be a limited catalog. Could he Slingbox with a friend's account? Leo says that would be one way to do it.

How do I fast forward through audio on my computer?

Episode 1139

Charmagne from Costa Mesa, CA
playback bar

Charmagne listens to a recorded radio show and she wants to move past the commercials. Leo says that every player usually has the ability to move forward. Scrubbing is one way, which she can do by grabbing the dot on the playback bar and dragging it forward. She could also go into the settings of the file and mark it as a podcast. That will enable her to bookmark it so she can pick up where she leaves off.

How can I manage my Netflix account to save data?

Chris from Toledo, OH

Episode 1137

Chris recently bought an LG 4K TV. He's been enjoying Netflix and he's noticed his data has shot through the roof. Leo says that's not surprising. And if the cost went up, it's likely because Chris used more data streaming. Leo says that Chris can change the settings in his Netflix account to avoid streaming at the maximum bandwidth, but it won't look as good on that 4K TV!