media

How can I Back Up Recordings to Listen on my Phone?

DropBox

Episode 1582

Maria from Corona, CA

Maria wants to know how to back up her recordings on her computer, so she can see them on her phone. Rich says that Dropbox is probably the best option. She can drag it into a folder on her desktop and it will appear on the Dropbox app on her phone. She can also do it with Google Drive or iTunes. If she is fine with paying money, WALTR is a decent alternative.

How can I sync my iPhone 7 with an older Mac?

Apple iTunes

Episode 1363

Ernesto from Las Vegas, NV

Ernesto finally got an iPhone 7, but he can't use iTunes with it because his Mac is too old. Leo says that if he wants to sync it via wire, then he'll have to update his computer. He could pay the $25 for iTunes Match, and that would put his entire music collection up in the cloud. Then he could access the music from his current Mac as well.

A third party solution is Vox. He can also manage his iTunes collection with DoubleTwist.

Is there a better media option than CDs?

Super Audio CD

Episode 1328

Louie from Orange County, CA

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.

Can I install an old version of iTunes on my new Mac?

iTunes

Episode 1323

John from Long Beach, Ca

John wants to know if he can get an older iTunes Pro 7 version to work on his MacBook Pro. It's easier to use. Leo says that iTunes has become awful and it really needs to be redone from the ground up. It's just plain unintuitive and broken. Apple does offer older versions at support.apple.com/downloads/itunes. The oldest he can get is iTunes 9.2.1, though.

Could I replace my external drive with cloud storage for my media?

Episode 1227

Joe from Austin, TX

Joe has a Mac Mini and he has been keeping programs on the internal drive and data on his external data drive. He wants to move all the data over to cloud storage, though. But he has about 160GB of data with movies, music, photos etc. Leo says that the amount of data he stores in the cloud will be limited by his upload speed. To get an idea of what his upload speed is, he could take his download bandwidth speed and reduce it by 75%, then divide that by the amount of data he wants to upload. It could take months.

Is it illegal for me to modify my Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Episode 1199

Joseph from Houston, TX

Joseph got the Amazon Fire TV, and he modified it to put Kodi on it. Now he has access to a lot more content, but he's wondering if he's going to get in trouble for doing that. Leo says it's perfectly fine to modify hardware that he bought and owns, even if the manufacturers don't particularly like it. It may be technically illegal to do so, but Leo is of the opinion that he should be able to do what he wants with the hardware he buys.

All Six Star Wars Movies Released in Digital

Episode 1177

All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.