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Wednesday, February 27, 2008


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Nice timing! This week I investigated using FeedStation for podcasts instead of iTunes. I have to say though, I don't get it. I mean, I get the technical implementation, but I don't get normal usage. Having the information from the feed item seperate from the enclosure just doesn't make sense to me. When I open FeedStation, I have no context for the exclosure other than the file name - if it happens to be descriptive at all. FeedStation turns into "tuna surprise" after awhile. I *want* to use FeedStation, but it just doesn't make sense for me so far.

@Jess: I guess it depends on how you want to listen to your podcasts. If you want to listen to them as soon as you download them, then you can skip FeedStation entirely and simply click the "Open" link next to the paperclip icon. That will start playing the podcast right away.

But if you want to listen to them on your iPod when you're away from your desktop, then having FeedStation download and sync them is pretty handy. Although the specific article won't appear in the iPod playlist, the name of the podcast's feed (or author) will be shown.

I've tried a bunch of podcast receivers and FeedDemon is the one I've stuck with. Couple things, I wish there was an option to not have FeedStation a separate program. Its not a big deal and I can see why it is a separate program, but I usually open FeedDemon, download my podcasts and close it. Also, I wish there was a way to either append a string to a podcast's title and/or modify the ID3 tag on the fly, so its easier to organize on my player. Right now, I have them sync to a folder on my Sansa c200, but the file names can be cryptic. Also, I use an ID3 tag editor to manually rename all the genre's to 'podcast', so I can find them on my player. Not perfect, but it works.

Some little things, it would be nice to have a portable version of FeedDemon, so I can run it from my player on any computer. Also, a way to auto-detect my player, or use relative file paths, would be nice, so I can download podcasts from any computer.

Just some suggestions, not a deal breaker or anything. IMHO, FeedDemon is the best program, I found, for downloading and syncing podcasts.

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