Jessica runs a gym and uses Pandora to play music. Does she have to pay ASCAP fees? Leo says that Pandora has a commercial service, which is probably what she uses. The reason is that playing Pandora for free can be considered piracy and can incur fines for the unauthorized playing of music in the public eye. Pandora's commercial service also covers all license fees from ASCAP. But they aren't the only ones. There's also Mood Media, Spotify for Business, Cloud Cover, and others.
Mary wants to upload her own music to the cloud. What services would let her do it? Google Music and Spotify will both do that. Apple can also do this with iTunes Match. Once up in the cloud, she can then download the songs to her smartphone, or stream them directly. Amazon doesn't do that anymore, sadly.
Brian has two Apple TVs that stream music from his computer and iTunes, but lately it just stops after a few minutes. Apple says that it's a corrupted library, but Leo disagrees since it doesn't happen when he streams music on his computer directly. Leo has a hunch it's the router. Using AirPlay, he could be dealing with buffering issues. He also should make sure nothing else is connected to his AirPlay device. It could also be an issue with home sharing and his router configuration. It could be a blocked port issue.
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.
Kenny wants to know music streaming service is the best. Here are all of the options:
Dave has an old school iPod that he loves to use every day. Leo says that what killed the iPod is music streaming. It's the HBO model and everyone likes having access to more music, even on a monthly basis. It's really a commodity now. It's not so much a work of art anymore -- it's a service. But Dave can't access the service with an old school iPod. He'd need an iPod Touch for that, or use his mobile phone.
Ron tries to stream music from his NetGear App on his Nexus Tablet but when the tablet goes to sleep, the music stops. Leo suspects that the app doesn't support background streaming. There are plenty of other options out there, like Plex. Leo also uses Google Music from the cloud and streams his music. That works even when the tablet goes to sleep.
The subscription music streaming service RDIO has run out of money is shutting down, effective November 23rd. Pandora will buy RDIOs intellectual property. Leo says this is a harbinger of what's to come, and he expects that free services aren't really going to last and that it's only a matter of time before Spotify and Pandora will follow and close down. Eventually, we'll end up with just four music services, all run by Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, which really don't need to make money through the service.
Dean wonders why people pay for Pandora and Spotify for their music when every song is on YouTube. Leo says that's a good question. YouTube also has it's own music service for $10 a month. It's really convenient. And many also use Apple Music as well. But if it's possible to just make a playlist and watch YouTube, then why not? The only thing is that he'd have to deal with ads.
Starting on Monday, YouTube will launch YouTube Red ad free for $10 a month, and if you already have Google Music, you get it for free.
This week, Amazon announced a new music service called Amazon Prime Music. Leo says it's a bit limited right now with only a million songs, though.
What you need to know about Amazon Prime Music (Engadget)…