Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Why won't my phone play music I downloaded from SoundCloud?

Episode 1331

Greg from Valley Center, CA
SoundCloud for Android

Greg is running into issues with music he has downloaded via SoundCloud. He gets errors now that say "invalid file." Leo says those are MP3s, so the Samsung Galaxy S7 should play them just fine. It could be an issue with how the file is saved by the app. SoundCloud enables you to stream in SoundCloud, but not play it with an MP3 player. That may mean a bad download, or saving to a format that his player doesn't recognize, or it may even be copy protection.

Why can't my car stereo play TuneIn?

Episode 1330

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard has downloaded the TuneIn app, where he downloads podcasts and then listens to his phone. His stereo system doesn't support the mp4 stream, though. Leo says it shouldn't because mp4 is video. He can save audio as that, but it's not very widely supported. He'd have to reencode it to listen to it.

Leo advises just streaming it live. That way the phone can handle the encoding, not the car stereo. Leo also suggests going Bluetooth instead of the USB connection, if he can.

How can I find the best cable, internet, and phone service?

Ricky from Chatsworth, CA

Episode 1329

Ricky thinks his Triple Play package is just too expensive. What is the best provider for internet, cable, and telephone? Leo says that the only real advantage of a Triple Play package is that he'd get one bill. For a phone service, he prefers real phone service because in the event of a disaster, the plain old telephone service will continue to operate. Leo advises going to because they will give him the best ratings on what is the best coverage and reliability. Leo also recommends talking to neighbors.

Is there a better media option than CDs?

Episode 1328

Louie from Orange County, CA
Super Audio CD

Louie wants to know if there's a higher quality CD for audio. Scott says that SACD or Super Audio CD is one. It was meant to succeed CD, but online music distribution pretty much killed it. He can still get them online and they do offer better audio specs than CDs do. How do they compare to Blu-ray audio? It's just a different technology, with Blu-ray audio using PCM to store a lot more data, while SACD uses DSD. Blu-ray audio has better specs up to 24 bits, while CD audio is 18bits. He can also get greater dynamic and frequency range.

Is Family Sharing with iTunes Music better than a single account?

Episode 1328

Brian from Anchorage, AL
Apple iTunes

Brian's family shares a single iTunes account and he wants to know the advantage of going with family sharing. Jason says he'll gain the advantages of using different settings for different accounts, including setting buying limits, ratings, etc. The downside is that he won't get to share the iCloud space. Additionally, in-app purchases aren't sharable. So if it isn't broke, Jason says don't fix it. He should stick with what he has.

Why can't I stream video in the Edge browser?

Raymond from Tennessee

Episode 1320

Raymond usually watches the TWiT network on his Mac. He tried watching it on Windows 10 with Edge and it buffers a lot. It works fine in Chrome, though. Leo says that Edge is likely the issue then, and it's because Edge isn't really ready to be used. It may also be that the quality of the stream is too high for his PC to keep up. On YouTube, he can step up the quality manually.

Can crowdfunding help a band?

Ryan from Canada

Episode 1316

Ryan plays in an indy music band and they've been doing really well with crowdfunding for their projects. They've since made the fans their record label and they're even more successful, even though they aren't making as much money. They get more money from every sale. Leo says that when record companies rob artists by taking the lion's share of the profits, what do they expect but their talent going with a more independent business model that benefits them in the longer run? They have greater fan engagement. They also get more out of merchandising.