Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.
Mike wants to use his Kindle to read comic books. Leo says there's a far better option, and it's owned by Amazon as well. It's called ComiXology. It's designed exactly for reading comics, while the Kindle is really made for the written world.
ComiXology will enable him to zoom in and out, and it also works with all comics. He can use it on his laptop too. The Marvel Unlimited app has an all you can eat monthly subscription, so if he's a Marvel fan, it's the way to go.
Larry is frustrated that he can't backup his music to the cloud through iTunes anymore. Is there a way around that? Leo says that any backup he uses that isn't Apple can backup his iTunes Backup.
Dan wants to know if getting a third party add-on for CODI to stream movies is legal. Leo says if he's streaming without any cost, there's likely a piracy issue and it would be technically illegal. He could end up being booted off the internet for it.
Larry's wife wants to back up her Kindle eBooks onto an SD card to read on another device. Leo says that Kindle uses MOBI as its file version, and it can only be read by Kindle. She'll need to convert the files to ePub, which is a standard format. Leo likes Calibre for that. If she uses the Kindle app, then it's no problem, and she can just install the MOBI files to that other device. She'll need the folder structure first, so she should download a new book on the new device with the Kindle app.
Steve is ripping all his DVDs and putting him on his network so he can stream them via Roku. He's worried with all the DVDs he's ripping, that he'll wear out his computer. Leo says use does wear down the parts, but not as fast as he might be worried about. It should work fine for Steve's purposes.
Char wants to take his old 60GB iPod and use it to copy files from his computer as a kind of hard drive backup. Leo says that when the ipod first came out, you could do that. But with newer models, Apple made it difficult to do this to prevent piracy. Char can do it, but he'll have file names that look different. Leo advises using Senuti.
Douglas discovered Dirpy, a website for downloading video from YouTube. Sometimes it freezes up, though. Leo says that Google may be trying to block it. There are plenty of others to choose from. The Chatroom says YouTube-DL is a good option. It's an open source program that runs from the command line of your PC. Leo also recommends KeepVid.
Noberto is a retired scientist turned self published author. He wrote and published his book through Amazon's Create Space and wants to expand to Apple iBooks. Leo says that using Create Space means he's stuck with just Amazon, and that really is the biggest place. Getting it on Apple iBooks can be done in a similar fashion. Apple offers iBooks Author for free. Apple will let him do self published works, but the key is to get it in the right format (ePub).
AT&T is buying Time Warner for $85 billion. Time Warner includes HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT, Warner Bros, and more. The reason these carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc are buying media companies is because they don't want to be in the business of being a 'dumb pipe' for internet access. They want to be in the content business. It's expected that the deal will get regulatory approval without issue.