Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
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.
Jim says he's a bit of a luddite, but he's discovered the Sonos Amp with Klipsh speakers, and it's just plain nice. Leo says the nice thing about the Sonos is that you can control it with your phone and stream from any music service. So you can listen to just about anything ever recorded.
DW wants to get a sponsor for his podcast, Headline Minute with DW. He's hit a plateau on downloads and wants to expand his reach, and he thinks a good sponsor can do that. Leo says that podcast advertising is a very hard thing to do. Leo didn't even try for over a year. Leo then charged about $70 per thousand listeners, and he really needs an agency to do it for him.