Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Why is Peloton Being Sued?

Peloton

Episode 1577

Laura from California

Laura hears that there's a lawsuit against Peloton for not having the license of music they play for their spin classes. Chances are, they have the wrong license, and they need a worldwide synchronization license to play music in a video format over the internet. They're being sued for $150 million, and  it's probably a ploy just to get more money out of Peloton. 

Why is my 64GB Thumb Drive Only 32GB?

 thumb drives

Episode 1573

Mark from Effingham, Illinois

Mark uses thumb drives to transfer data and then format them. But when using 64GB drives, when he formats them, it formats to 32GB. What gives? Leo says it's probably either a counterfeit drive or a faulty drive that's losing sectors. Even if he bought it on Amazon, he could end up getting a counterfeit drive if not careful. But when formatting, the OS can decide to write off bad or unreliable sectors as well.

Can I Convert my CDs and not Lose Quality?

FLAC

Episode 1571

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI

Mark wants to know how he can convert his CDs and have them sound as good. Leo says that digital music records differently by using sampling. 44100 is CD-quality sound. 16-bit resolution is CD quality. But he can buy higher resolution samples like 24 bit. However, the files get large as a result, which is why compression has come into play. MP3, AAC, etc. Lossless is also possible with FLAC and Apple Lossless. Google Pixel XL can play back those lossless files with the right application.

How can I keep my music safe on my phone?

Samsung

Episode 1568

Diane from California

Diane is worried that if she has to reinstall the Samsung music player on her Android phone, that she'll lose all 4000 of her songs. Leo says that Android is designed to have music in a single folder accessible by any music app. So she should just use a different app. Leo likes Doubletwist. Can she back it up to her laptop? Leo says DEFINITELY YES! Before she does anything else, she should plug in her phone and drag those songs over to a computer or a backup hard drive. It would also be a good idea to backup her phone to the cloud.

Why won't my Walkman play?

Cassette

Episode 1565

Peter from Ohio

Peter has an old Walkman, which is about 40 years old. But when he presses play, the cassette plays for one note and stops. Leo has a hunch that the motor in the walkman is probably worn out. If it can play other cassettes, that would point to the cassette that's gone bad. It could be fixed, but Leo suggests digitizing his entire cassette collection because the older they get, the more likely they will start peeling off the oxide coating and he'll lose his music. He should get a Crosley Cassette player and digitize them.

Can I set up my iPod to just play 30 second song clips?

iPod Touch

Episode 1558

Travis from California

Travis works out a lot and would like to grab 30 second snippets to work out by. Is there an app or function that will do that? Leo says that there is no function on the iPhone or iPod, but iOS12 has a feature called "Shortcuts," so he may be able to create a shortcut to play just 30 seconds of a song. Shortcuts works by daisy chaining tasks from apps. Some headphones have a skip button, where he'd tap the button twice to skip.

Are Macs easier to update?

Apple MacBook Pros

Episode 1557

Shane from Indianapolis, IN

Shane works for the Schlage lock company and more people want the company to start using Macs. Leo says that volume licensing is not as complicated as microsoft, but Apple also doesn't have as good of enterprise level support either. But Apple will update the computer regularly. He doesn't have to install the updates — He could defer or even ignore them. It's not a good idea, though.

What MP3 player should I buy?

iPod Touch

Episode 1546

Charles from Whittier, CA

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.