Taylor Swift wrote a letter to Apple saying that she's pulling her newest album, 1989, off of Apple Music. The decision was made because of Apple not paying artists royalties during the three month trial period.
Marcus has a new cochlear implant that uses Bluetooth and he wants to know if he can get a regular Bluetooth headset for the other ear and get stereo sound. Leo says it's doable, but he'll have an issue with sync. He'll want to be sure that his implant is A2DP compliant so he can get the best quality sound.
Apple Music was announced at the WWDC 2015 keynote this past week. It's a streaming music service that gives you access to the music available on the iTunes Music Store for $9.99 a month, or $15 a month for a family of up to six users. This is a rebranded version of the Beats Music service, which Apple acquired last year.
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.
Michael has an older MacBook Pro and he's looking to get a new MacBook Air for DJing. Would it be sufficient? Leo says that MacBook Air with 4GB RAM should work just fine. But doubling up on the RAM certainly wouldn't hurt. Audio isn't that big of a power draw. The 13" MacBook Pro is a great option too, as it's thin, light, and has a gorgeous screen.
Rick s frustrated with iTunes. It seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to manage his own personal music and deletes some of it randomly. Is there a substitute that gives him more control over his music and podcasts? Unfortunately, iTunes has taken up all the air in the room in this category and most of the alternatives have dried up. But there are some third party programs to consider:
Robin Thicke and Pharrel Williams lost a $7.3 million dollar copyright case this week to the estate of Marvin Gaye. They stated that the singers copied the 'feel' and 'vibe' of Gaye's hit "Got to Give it Up" with the Thicke hit "Blurred Lines." Critics state that the decision could be disastrous for the music industry.
Dave wants to know how he can get music from his Droid Mini to play through his speakers in his motorcycle. Leo says that a wired cassette adapter is the best option since FM modulators can be problematic in areas where radio station traffic is really crowded. Wired is always preferable.
Steve Martin uses the new Windows Surface Pro 3 and he loves it. But iTunes keeps losing his playlists and music on the tablet. Leo advises using MediaMonkey instead. iTunes for Windows has always been problematic. He should install Media Monkey, and then have it sync from the iTunes folder.
Pete is interested in hi-res music. He wants to download FLAC music and convert it to Apple lossless. Leo says you can do that, but remember that the MAC tops out at 96 Khz, but the iPod can't play it because it's not that high, nor does it have the CPU power to process and playback hi-resolution audio. You need special hardware to play back high resolution audio. Leo says that iPods were designed for mp3s, but they can play back Apple's lossless compression at 48K x 24 bit.