[amsat-bb] Re: Houston AMSAT Net podcast
nate at natetech.com
Thu Apr 10 21:07:35 PDT 2008
On Apr 9, 2008, at 9:25 PM, Bruce wrote:
> I think we are ready. The Houston AMSAT Net is now available as a
> Podcast. You can subscribe to
> Please let me know off the list if there are any problems. Net #734
> #735 are available. They will remain online for 4 weeks then roll off.
> You can always download and listen with an MP3 player at
> or the direct link
> Thanks to Dale, WD0AKO, for doing the encoding and creating our
> album art.
> I have submitted the link to iTunes but who knows if or when they will
> pick it up. And...off our website, it is commercial free.
> Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Very cool Bruce! It's working great in iTunes here.
For those unfamiliar with how to add a non ITMS (iTunes Music Store)
podcast to your iTunes software (on either Windows or Mac, should be
the same...) ...
Go to the top of the screen to the menu.
Click on Advanced.
Click on "Subscribe to Podcast" in the menu.
You'll get a box that says "URL:"
Cut and paste Bruce's URL above -- http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml
-- into the box.
You're done. You should now see the podcast in your list of
subscribed Podcasts in your Library on the left side of the screen.
Depending on your settings (see below) you'll either get automatic
updates of the Houston AMSAT Net every time Bruce releases one to the
server, or you'll have to go to the podcast in your library and click
on the Update button.
Now some thoughts on settings -- these apply to any "podcatcher" type
software, of which iTunes is just one of many -- but this set of
instructions and comments below is focused on iTunes, since a lot of
people have it and may have never used it for podcasts before...
If you normally go a long period of time without LISTENING to any of
the downloaded files, iTunes tries to help the podcasters out with
bandwidth by NOT downloading or checking the XML file... you can right-
click on the title of the podcast and clicking "Update Podcast" if you
ever get that far behind.
You can also be "nice" to Bruce's server by going into your
Preferences for iTunes (iTunes Menu, Preferences) click on Podcasts...
Check for New Episodes: [Set to as low as you can for your podcasts
you listen to -- if they publish weekly, once a week. If you track
some that update Daily, Daily. Avoid "every hour" if possible.]
When new episodes are available: [Choices are Download All, Download
the Most Recent One, Do nothing -- choose as appropriate, keeping in
mind that if you're not going to listen to EVERY one, and/or you have
no other podcasts... manual downloads are "nicer" to the server
The last one is a setting for how long you want to keep your downloads
and you can decide on that... it doesn't really affect the server.
Just a little "iTunes settings" intro for anyone trying it out for the
first time -- so you know where to find all those nice settings.
Sitting here listening to #735 on the laptop! Cool stuff. Of course,
#734 and #735 will also download (if I don't delete them after
listening to them) into my iPod whenever I get around to "syncing" it
with the laptop next. Yay! Something else interesting to listen to
on the long commute! (Sorry ClearChannel, you can keep your boring
talk show hosts... I'll be listening to the Houston AMSAT Net!)
Nate Duehr, WY0X
nate at natetech.com
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