Troy has been working with his church to stream services every week. What they need is a live stream audio solution that they can lock down and protect. A password that grants people access to the stream when invited. Leo says that in reality, there's no solution that can be used that can't be cracked. One good solution would be to require listeners to visit a portal or website first. But even that can be bypassed with a link. Byta can encrypt a stream. You could try them.
Had has a Lenovo tablet, and his iHeartRadio app shows audio in "slow motion." What gives? Leo says to update the app. It's probably an older app that's having issues with the streaming bitrate. Also, try changing the quality setting in the app's settings menu. That could fix it.
Leif wonders if the Apple HomePod will be worth it. Leo says it's too early to tell, so it's a good idea to wait and see.
How can Leif watch TV using his Mac? Could he use TOSLINK? Leo says to use an AppleTV, and then he can AirPlay from his mobile device. It's easier and will see iTunes on the network.
Tom is calling about the app for using push to talk. He uses one called Roger and it sounds really clear. Leo says that's because it uses data, not the cellular network.
Does the Echo support TuneIn? Leo says not yet. They'll have to update it. Leo has heard that Sonos is going to support the Echo next year and you can use TuneIn on the Sonos. So that looks good. Amazon just did support for Spotify, so they're making progress in that direction. So in time, it should happen.
Phyllis has an iHome radio dock that only plays FM radio. Leo says that seems to be the trend now in hardware. It saves a little money to only have one antenna. Doctor Mom says it's a dock and as such, she can stream AM radio from it through the phone. Leo recommends the iHeartRadio app and TuneIn. Both apps are free.
Michael is getting an 8GB iPhone 5c from work. How can he set it up to get the most use out of it? Leo says that an 8GB phone is practically useless because there's not a lot of free space after iOS is put on it. Leo recommends not installing too many apps or put music on it. He should stream his music from the cloud.
Karen has a MacBook which she runs Windows on, but she then deleted the OS X partition to run it solely on Windows. Leo says it's a legitimate use for a Mac if she prefers Windows because it's essentially a high end Windows PC, at least according to Walt Mossberg. Leo says that there is a Windows version of startup tools for Apple that she can get, which will boot up straight into Windows.
Justin streams music in real time to radio stations, but it gets problematic. Leo says that the Internet was never designed for streaming music because packets are designed to arrive out of order and be reassembled. Leo uses an ISDN, which isn't super fast, but they are point to point so it's a direct connection. This means he has consistent bandwidth that delivers packets almost instantaneously. Anything in real time can't really be used over the internet. It's too difficult. Telos makes boxes designed to do internet protocol, but Leo isn't convinced it's ready for prime time.