Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Tik Tok May Get Banned in the US

Tik Tok

Episode 1712

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US Government may be banning Tik Tok within weeks due to national security issues. The app is already banned in India, and Wells Fargo has banned it as well. The US government has banned it government-wide as well. 

Tik Tok is subject to the authority of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. The app has deleted posts that are critical of that government. But it also has a feature that looks in your clipboard, which could be a security issue due to data snarfing.

Will I Have to Pay for Youtube Music?

 YouTube Music.

Episode 1711

Ron from Downey, CA

Ron got a message that Google is eliminating Google Play Music and moving it all to YouTube Music. Can he upload his new music too? Leo says that if he pays for Google Play Music, the account will simply be moved over. So press transfer when getting the email and it'll be moved over. Whatever he had with the free tier of GPM, he'll have for the free tier of YTM. 

Another option is to use Google TakeOut and redownload music to another service. In fact, do that first.

Does Skipping Ads On Youtube Hurt Creators?

YouTube

Episode 1707

GScott from Finland, Minnesota

GScott wants to know if he skips an ad on YouTube, will Leo lose money? Leo says there is money to be made on youtube, but TWiT doesn't make a lot. It's a few thousand a month and it really doesn't matter if he skips the ad, they've been charged for it. And skipping an ad gives youtube and advertisers valuable feedback on what ads work and what doesn't. Leo puts the show on youtube for convenience. Besides, TWiT sells its own ads in the podcast anyway, the So feel free to skip YouTube's ads!

What's a Good iPod Replacement?

iPod

Episode 1705

Thomas from Pico Rivera, California

Thomas has an old iPod and the battery is starting to die out. Can he get the battery replaced? Leo says that if Apple is no longer replacing the battery, check out iFixit or a local place that could do it. But the reality is, a replacement may not be all that helpful because people are now using their mobile phones for playing music, and any modern phone or an older phone people no longer use will act as an iPod as well. Leo recommends copying all music onto a PC first. iTunes would work, but it usually doesn't get everything.

How Can I Convert an MP3 Into a Ringtone?

Episode 1697

Bonnie from Louisiana

Bonnie wants to get a fun ringtone and download it to her phone. How can she get it from Zedge? Leo says that it's silly to buy ringtones anymore because anyone can make them easily. Once a user has an MP3 of the sound, then he/she can convert it to a ringtone using iTunes. They can then change the m4a file to an m4r just by renaming it and sync it to the phone. That's the concept. Here's how -https://www.media.io/nl/convert/mp3-to-aac.html.

Why do my JPEGs look so bad?

JPEG

Episode 1694

Sarafine from California

Sarafine has images that she puts on a thumb drive, and sometimes they become very pixelated. Leo says that s likely because the image is low resolution, and the metadata doesn't show that it isn't as sharp as it looks. Also, converting an image to JPEG is a mistake because it doesn't scale. So if you're using vector graphics, converting it to JPEG makes it pixelated as you change the size of it. What you want to do is change the size to what you want FIRST, and then convert it to JPEG.

Should I Upgrade My Blu-Ray Discs to 4k?

Blu-ray

Episode 1693

Tom from California

Tom wants to know how much better 4K Blu-Ray is over standard blu-ray. Should he upgrade? Leo says that 4K is 4 times more resolution than standard Blu-ray, but the big difference is the higher dynamic range (HDR). The colors are bolder, the blacks are blacker, and viewers can see more detail in extreme brightness and low light. But everything in the chain has to support 4K. The TV, the cables, the player. But Leo believes we're finally at the end of the road for physical media. So if anyone wants to upgrade to 4K for one last copy, do it because they want the HDR upgrade.

Tech Company Earnings Up, Even During COVID-19

Spotify

Episode 1691

Quarterly earnings reports reflected a modest growth for tech giants this week in spite of the outbreak. Spotify, for example, stated that every day is a weekend now, as daily listenership was up. Microsoft reported single-digit growth as well. But Leo says that doesn't mean next quarter won't be the same.

Advertising revenues, by contrast, have plummeted online as advertisers pull back.