Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

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

In an uncharacteristic clue, the invitation to the Apple event on September 9th is cryptic and could hint to a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large area, 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. But John Patchkowski says that while they may announce the iWatch, it won't be available until next year.

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

Notable Technology Anniversaries This Week Include First Podcast and IBM PC

Episode 1110

IBM PC

The IBM PC was released 33 years ago, and ten years ago, former MTV VJ Adam Curry premiered the first episode of the "Daily Source Code" podcast. Leo says that while there were previous recordings posted online, Curry's was the first to actually follow a set format we've come to know as podcast. He also created the moniker.

How long will DVD or Blu-ray discs last?

Episode 1109

George from Santa Monica, CA
DVD

George wants to know how long Blu-ray and DVD discs will last. Leo says that the promise of DVDs and CDs is that they would last forever. But that has ended up not being true since they scratch and become unreadable as the reflective surface corrodes. Burned DVDs, however, are different and fade over a shorter time because the dyes that are used to burn the data will fade.

"Weird Al" Yankovic Releases Eight Videos in Eight Days

Episode 1101

As part of the release of his new album "Mandatory Fun," music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has released eight videos in eight days as part of his #8videos8days campaign on Twitter. The songs include Pharrell Williams "Happy" with "Tacky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" with "Word Crimes". But Leo says what's interesting is that he's released them across multiple internet portals. And he's killing it.

Comcast Rep Refuses to Cancel Comcast Service for Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont

Episode 1101

Tech reporter Ryan Block tried to cancel his Comcast cable account on the phone, but the account rep wouldn't let him. He tried for over an hour to get Ryan to change his mind. Leo says that he's learned the rep loses money on his salary after a percentage of accounts get cancelled, to the point where he ends up making minimum wage. So the representative probably was trying to save his salary. This is a bad way to do business, and Comcast later issued an apology for the hardship that Ryan dealt with.