Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

What is Kodi and how can it be free?

Tom from St Louis, MO

Episode 1306

Tom has installed Kodi on his Amazon Fire TV. This used to be Xbox Media Center, or XBMC. He's wondering how this can make money if it's free to use. Leo says it's an open source project. Developers may not do it for money, but they do it for recognition or just because they wanted it badly enough. They might also get jobs from it. This all started with Linus Torvalds who wrote Linux in 1992. He kept the copyright but gave it away. The internet also made it possible for programmers to work on a project together without having to be in the same physical location.

What can I put on my Android phone's SD card?

Episode 1303

Scott from Jasper, GA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Scott was an iPhone user, then moved to Android, and now he's back on iPhone because he's blind and the iPhone has better accessibility features. He really likes his Galaxy S7, though, so he's going to end up with two phones. He's going to be using his S7 for photos and such, and he's put a 128GB microSD card in it. How does he move stuff from the internal memory to it? Leo says that he can move pictures, movies, and other media to the SD and he can set his camera to save to it. Apps are more complicated and many apps simply can't use the SD storage.

How can I move my iTunes music to an Android phone?

Episode 1300

William from Virginia
Apple iTunes

William uses an iPhone 3GS and an iPod and wants to upgrade to an Android phone. Leo says that if he wants to move from an iPod to an iPhone, that's really easy via iTunes. For music he bought awhile ago through iTunes, however, he can't move that to Android. He'll have to strip all the DRM out by paying $25 for iTunes Match. Then he can download all the music back from Match with DRM free versions, and with better quality sound. There are some apps that will enable him to move his music from the iPhone to Android.

Is there a streaming alternative to live TV on cable?

Episode 1294

Ralph from Huntington Beach, CA
Roku 4

Ralph has been victim of the transition from Verizon to Frontier and he's looking for live TV alternatives. What about cable TV over the internet like Vstream? Leo says it depends on the source of the channels they bring. Many are either illegal, or foreign language TV. He could end up with soccer from Ecuador. It's not going to be ABC, ESPN or his local news. It really comes down to content. He'd really be better off going with Roku and then add things like Netflix, HBO, etc.

How can I listen to Apple Music offline?

Episode 1289

Preston from Indianapolis, IN
Apple Music

Preston's music is in the cloud now, but he wants to know how he can listen to that when he's not on the internet. He's using Apple Music. Leo says there's a button in Apple Music for downloading music, and as long as he's a subscriber to Apple Music, he can download and play the music even when he's offline. He just needs to find a playlist or album he likes, and look for the download button. Sometimes music services will phrase it a little different, and say "Cache" or "Pin" instead of "Download."