For a user with a depleted hard drive, music portability solutions are plentiful but a bit complicated.
Q: I used my PC to copy 2,500 songs from CDs, then transferred the songs to an iPod Touch. But now the PC is not working, so I cannot transfer the same songs to my iPhone or iPad. Is there any way to transfer songs directly from iPod Touch to iPhone or iPad without computer?
—Patricia Martin, Northfield, Minnesota
A: Music transfers between iPod Touch and iPhone or iPad usually require a computer as an intermediary (the computer can perform the transfer using Apple’s iTunes program, or a Mac or PC alternative such as EaseUS MobiMover ( see tinyurl.com/j75u3s34) or AnyTrans (see tinyurl.com/uvr9wbvz). If you subscribe to Apple’s iCloud backup service, you can transfer music to your other devices through an account with sufficient storage For 50 gigabytes of data, iCloud costs 99 cents per month.
While Apple’s AirDrop program appears to be a workaround – it provides direct wireless data transfers between Apple devices – it won’t transfer a song from one device to another. Instead, it sends a link to the song on Apple Music, a subscription music service.
One option is to see if your PC’s hard drive can be recovered. A repair shop may be able to copy the 2,500 songs from the old PC’s hard drive and transfer them to a new computer. You can then use the new PC to load the music onto your iPhone or iPad.
Alternatively, you can get a music subscription app for iPhone or iPad (like Apple Music or Spotify) and listen to songs that way (for a list of subscription services, see tinyurl.com/64a5cfk3).
Q: My wife received an Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet as a gift. What type of antivirus software would you recommend using on it?
—John Messina, Burnsville, Minnesota
A: You can get security software for the Fire HD tablet from the Amazon Appstore (see tinyurl.com/5366hacr), but there is disagreement as to whether you need it.
For those who play by the rules, some experts say the Fire tablet is safe without security software. But following the rules means you only use apps from the Amazon Appstore and be careful what you allow apps to do (see tinyurl.com/dsu696k3).
Other experts say that even if you follow the rules, any device that accesses the internet may need security software. A Fire tablet itself might not be affected by malware, they say, but it can send malware back to your home Wi-Fi network (see tinyurl.com/wkatsxf8).
For those who don’t play by the rules, security software is a must. Some people change the settings of the Fire HD so that it can download apps from anywhere, not just from the Amazon Appstore (see tinyurl.com/mjjj57s9). This increases the number of applications available, but also increases the risk.
Q: We love our Sonos multiroom Wi-Fi speakers until we use the line-in port to plug in devices like tape recorders or CD players. Then the sound cuts off. What can we do?
– Peter Kinder, Dorset, Vermont
A: To avoid losing sound, change the speakers (see tinyurl.com/47utmx7k). For example, when playing “line-in” audio in multiple rooms, coordinate the speakers using the “audio compression” (reduces the amount of data) and “audio delay” (a delay) settings. You can correct the interference signal by changing the Wi-Fi channel or moving the speakers.
(Email your technical questions to Steve Alexander at [email protected] Please include a full name, city, and phone number.)
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