Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

What's the future of online gaming?

Episode 1126

Joshua from Nashville, TN
Microsoft

Joshua owns and operates Minecraft servers and he wants to know what the future has in store for online gaming. Leo says that since Microsoft bought Minecraft, it's possible that Microsoft could require Minecraft be run from Azure. But Leo doesn't think there's much cause to worry because the Minecraft culture is very independent. Gamers won't really feel Microsoft's presence in Minecraft for at least a year, but there's not much cause for concern. Since online gaming is social by nature, the future is bright.

What alternatives are there to cable and satellite companies?

Episode 1122

James from Sparks, NV
Television

James says that prices of cable and satellite services are escalating. What can he do to cut the cable and get the same programming? Leo says that content companies are raising prices and cable companies are just passing the cost along. Cutting the cable can be done by using streaming and buying ala carte channels. It would be great if he could do that and eliminate the middle man. He could also get exactly what he wants and none of what he doesn't. But the cable companies are standing in the way. That's where streaming and buying shows on iTunes and Netflix is beneficial.

How can I get videos off of a DVD player?

Episode 1122

Peter from Redlands, CA
DVD

Peter has a bunch of videos that he's recorded and put on DVDs. He wants to put them onto a large thumbdrive. He copied the videos, but couldn't get the audio. Leo recommends using VLC Media player. He's probably not getting audio because the player he's using isn't able to play the file type properly. Leo also recommends using a href="http://www.handbrake.fr" target="_blank">Handbrake to rip the DVD and process it out to an MP4 that can be played on any computer.

What's the best RAID to backup media programs on my network?

Stan from San Francisco, CA

Episode 1118

Stan wants to clear off his DVR with a 2 Bay RAID to save his programs. But his beef is that there isn't a lot of documentation. Leo says don't worry about all that. Just use the PC settings. You can also use a DROBO, which allows you to hot swap drives if they fail so you don't have to stop it from running. But two drives isn't best because it's mirroring and you will only get half the capacity since they're identical. Leo prefers RAID 5 with three drives which gives you 2/3 storage 1/3 redundancy. It's robust. Companies that make eSata RAID 5 include Drobo.

Should I invest in high resolution lossless music?

Pete from Brooklyn, NY

Episode 1115

Pete is interested in hi-res music. He wants to download FLAC music and convert it to Apple lossless. Leo says you can do that, but remember that the MAC tops out at 96 Khz, but the iPod can't play it because it's not that high, nor does it have the CPU power to process and playback hi-resolution audio. You need special hardware to play back high resolution audio. Leo says that iPods were designed for mp3s, but they can play back Apple's lossless compression at 48K x 24 bit.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1113

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is back to talk about compression. Leo says that MP3 (or AAC for Mac) powered the music download revolution because it eliminated over 90% of the file size through compression. But now that we're in the broadband era, could we get back the lossless compression like FLAC? Scott says that the dirty secret about hi-res audio is that in many cases, music companies are taking the same CD files and just resamplling them. So you're not really getting a lossless file. Leo says that would be a rip off if it's true.

Apple Invitation Hints at Huge Product Roll Out

Episode 1113

Apple HQ

Apple's invitations for the September 9th event have gone out, and it could hint at a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large structure, which Leo says will be a demo area. Leo says the conventional wisdom is that Apple is moving to a 5.5" iPhone 6, along with a 4.7" version. But there's also talk that Apple will finally reveal the iWatch.

How can I read the hard drive from an old iPod?

Episode 1111

Bruce from Bethlehem, PA
Apple iPod

Bruce has an 80GB iPod classic. The iPod died and he's pulled the drive out of it and put it in a drive adapter for minidrives. He plugged it into his USB port to try and get the music off it. Leo says that if he can see the drive, he should be able to get to it. But Bruce says that while it's in the drive manager, it says "no volume found."

YouTube Announces Paid Music Service

Episode 1111

YouTube on iPhone

YouTube announced this week their new subscription music service. Called "YouTube Music Key," the service will cost $9.99 a month and will sync across all devices. It may also include exclusive content including artist's cover songs and unreleased tracks.

Google's new subscription music service will reportedly be called 'YouTube Music Key' (TheVerge)…
http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6040165/google-new-subscription-service-youtube-music-key