Thomas has an old iPod and the battery is starting to die out. Can he get the battery replaced? Leo says that if Apple is no longer replacing the battery, check out iFixit or a local place that could do it. But the reality is, a replacement may not be all that helpful because people are now using their mobile phones for playing music, and any modern phone or an older phone people no longer use will act as an iPod as well. Leo recommends copying all music onto a PC first. iTunes would work, but it usually doesn't get everything.
Charles' CD player is dying, so he's thinking of getting an MP3 player. Leo says that physical media is fading away and going digital is a good idea. He can take all the CDs he owns and "rip" them into an mp3 format. But it's likely that everything he owns and wants to listen to are available now using music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. They're around $10 a month or $15 for a family plan.
This week Apple announced that the iPod Nano and Shuffle would no longer be made. The iPod Touch will be the only iPod made now as Apple continues to push users towards the iPhone.
Tom has an iPod Touch and wants to know if he can do anything on it like Facetime. Leo says sure. It's essentially an iPhone without the phone. So Tom will be able to do VOIP and video calling. He can use apps like Tango, Skype, Viber and several others. He'll have to buy credits to call regular numbers.
Jose has an issue with his iPod Touch and it says "try again in 23 million minutes!" He's tried resetting it, but he gets the same message. Leo says that it sounds like he tried to enter the password more than ten tails and it failed. So the iPod gets disabled. What you can do is plug it into a computer with iTunes and restore it.
Aiden wants to know what is the best stop motion animation camera and software? Leo says that if you're using the iPod Touch, like Aiden does, he can use iStop Motion because it's designed to work with his iPod Touch camera. But just about any digital camera can be used as a stop motion camera. Then you import the pictures into your editor and make a movie with it. There is software that can do it. The Chatroom says Animator HD on Windows is free.
Brandon has an older iPod Touch and can't update the OS. Leo says that iOS 7 probably isn't compatible for iOS 7. The only iPod Touch that's compatible is the fifth generation touch. That's not really a big deal unless the apps he uses need iOS 7 to run.
David works for a zoo and wants to set up music that would play through the PA with announcements that would be timed throughout the day. He wants it to be automted. Leo says it's an easy thing to do. An iPod Touch or a Google Nexus 7 with an Alarm app could do it. Most alarm apps will allow him to create music playlists.
Pamela has a flip phone and her dad has an iPhone 4S. She tries to text, but it doesn't work right. Texts come out in gibberish. Leo says it's odd that the flipphone is messed up because SMS is good on all platforms. So that doesn't make any sense. Pam can use the iPod Touch if she has Wi-Fi access to do it. It only will work through Apple's iMessage, also. Pam can get other apps like What'sApp, Google Chat, or Skype, which all would handle messaging.
Pranav is a musician who wants to record some love songs using his iPod. Leo says that he can do that using Garage Band. He's interested in getting a higher quality mic, though. Leo says that Apogee Electronics has a studio quality microphone, called the MiC. It has a 30 pin connector with digital recording support.