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Re: Houston AMSAT Net podcast




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
>
> http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml
>
> Please let me know off the list if there are any problems. Net #734  
> and
> #735 are available. They will remain online for 4 weeks then roll off.
>
> You can always download and listen with an MP3 player at
> http://www.amsatnet.com
> or the direct link
> http://www.amsatnet.com/audio.html
>
> 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.
>
> 73...bruce
>
> -- 
>
> 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.
Click OK.

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...  
then:

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  
bandwidth.]

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!)

:-)

73,
--
Nate Duehr, WY0X
nate@natetech.com



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