Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Carol has an iPod that's getting too full and wants to know how to get everything off it and allow you to put other music on it. Leo suggests using iTunes and it's sync feature. Set it up to only sync checked items. Anything that isn't checked will be removed. Some items, though, won't get unchecked in her iPod. Leo says that's not where you uncheck them. You uncheck them in iTunes. Here's how - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201593
Bill wants to know if he can make a living podcasting. Leo says that it takes a long time to build an audience to make a living. It's better to pick something you're really passionate about and then just do it. Focus on building your audience, not trying to make a buck. As for how to get started, Leo recommends Anchor.fm. You can put the app on your phone and create your podcast directly from it. Or you can upload a podcast you recorded the old fashioned way; you can even monetize it. They have a deal with Spotify and will also plug it.
Ed wants to know if there are any music websites that are free. Leo says that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora have free tiers, with ads. Apple has Beats One Radio. Spotify is the best. Radio.com. IHeartRadio.com, Tunein.com. All free.
Hugh wants to know how to recover music purchased online. They are WMA files and are copy protected. Leo says that most DRM copy protection has been cracked and removed. DRM Media Converter will do it.
Ed has a 13" MacBook Pro and after moving his music over using iTunes, he now has duplicate files and they won't play anything. Leo says what you want to do is import the music and not make a copy of it. That will tell iTunes where to go to access the music. So now, Ed will need to get a dedupe app to remove the duplications. Or you can search for everything that includes "copy 1" and "copy 2" and delete them. Then reimport them without "making a copy" enabled. That will reindex iTunes, pointing to where the files live on your external drive.
David wants to know why he can't get HD quality for listening to streaming audio. Leo says that wirelessly, there may be some bandwidth issues. The best quality would come from a wired connection. Is he wasting his money on buying high-resolution audio? Leo says that's an interesting question. You'll get better audio with better equipment, much like what recorders and mixers use to create the audio in the first place. But the music we've been listening to is over-compressed, and we usually listen to inferior headphones that don't reproduce music well.
Caller wants to know why he can't get HD quality for listening to streaming audio. Leo says that wirelessly, there may be some bandwidth issues. The best quality would come from a wired connection. Is he wasting his money for buying high resoution audio? Leo says that's an interesting question. Obviously, you'll get better audio with better equipment, much like what recorders and mixers use to create the audio in the first place. But the music we've been listening to is over compressed and we usually listen to inferior headphones that don't reproduce music well.
Back in the days of disco, Dickie D used to mix his own cassette tapes. Now he wants to digitize them for his computer, tablet, phones, etc. That's where this Cassette Player, Cassette Tape to MP3 Converter, Via USB Portable Cassette Tape Converter comes in handy. Amazon adds: Captures MP3 Audio Music, with Headphones, Convert Walkman Tape Cassette Compatible with Mac / PC / Laptop. Here are some of the features via Amazon: Convert cassette tapes to MP3 Format.
Jason is ripping DVDs and he wants to know how to convert them to use PLEX on the Roku. Leo says to convert using HEVC H.265. While it won't give quality better than the original, it will look as good as it can get. To encode, Leo recommends Handbrake.FR and VLCMedia Client. Regardless of what encoder Jason uses, though, he should make sure to use HEVC H.265
Paul would like to know if there are chatrooms for tech questions? Leo says that the TWiT IRC Client runs 24/7. It's a general chat focused around Leo's radio show and podcast. But you can ask questions there, too. And there are IRC chat threads for just about any topic in the world. Just do a google search for "IRC (topic here)." Or (topic) Chat Channels. Another option is a Dischord chat.