Queuing Up Media For The Road

As this entry posts, I’m on vacation. I’m currently on break for school between the summer and Fall semester and I’m not taking any work with me so I’m expecting to have a good bit of down time on the trip including two cross country flights and 12+ hours of driving. (I'll be a passenger.)  With the craziness of the past year I’ve developed quite the backlog of TV shows from the Fall I never had an opportunity to watch and several books I wanted to read but haven’t had the time. I’m looking forward to using this opportunity to catch up on my media.  

OverDrive for Mac

OverDrive for Mac

I’ve recently discovered our local library has an extensive collection of digital as well as CD audiobooks that can be borrowed. Digital books can be synced to the iPhone and other supported media players with the assistance of the OverDrive App. Shortly before the trip I checked out a couple of audiobooks I’ve been interested in reading. The selection probably isn’t as vast as a commercial service like Audible, and the books expire and have to be “checked back in” but I’ve never found a shortage of things to read.

cTivo

cTivo

I am able to download content form my TiVo Roamio using an application called cTivo, which I covered in 2014. The developer of cTiVo has continued to develop and make enhancements and refinements to the App since my original review. It can discover TiVos on your local network, download and encode shows for viewing on a number of devices and even skip the commercials before adding shows to iTunes. TiVo has similar functionality now with their own Stream device, but I’ve found cTivo a great way to take the content I’ve already recorded with me on the road.