Please forgive me MP3 users! I just received an email from Terrance, a listener to the Podcast, who alerted me to a problem;
One note or request about the Podcasts; Can you add the show or episode number when creating the show? I see that you add it to the title but there is a specific spot for that information. As it stands now the shows will not sort and stay in sequence when you move them to the mp3 device.Thanks Terrance
It wasn't always that way. Here's what happened...
Last summer, the web hosting service I was using was being crushed by the large number of downloads of Podcasts. So along with moving this website to a more robust server, I moved all the Media files (audio and video) "Up in the Clouds" as it's called, to a service from Amazon called S3. S3 is an incredible service and there's a good chance that many videos you watch on other sites, that aern't from YouTube, come from S3.
Wonderful! Everything is working just fine... as long as you are using iTunes and an iPod.
For some reason when the file downloads to your computer it rewrites the file name.
So Podcast # 68 was originally labeled as 068_amateur_hobbyist.mp3 (all my episodes were similarly numbered)
But when I checked how it downloads to a Windows computer it shows as ICI Podcast #68 Amateur, Hobbyist or.mp3 ???
So the way I intended the files to sort is no longer there. Itunes & iPods get the order right, but Windows Media player & your MP3 player doesn't.
I don't have time to fix 70 past episodes but I will have them sort properly going forward.
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I have had ipods, but I have recently joined the ranks of the Android Army and consequently have ditched my ipods. I am sure you will see more and more of these guys, so ensuring you say, “iPhone, iPod, Zune, Windows Media Player, Android, and other MP3 Players” will help pave the way to across the board compatibility. I very much enjoy my Android app that pulls all my podcasts without user intervention. This is something I was REALLY wanting on my iPod Touch. Fight the oppressor, join the Droid Army!
Well, now I’m stumped. I have been trying to find the RSS feed so I can add it to my Android, and I can’t find it anywhere on your site. Did this move to S3 drop the old RSS feed that I had been using before? I am NOT a fan of iTunes, and do not want to tie myself to it just to listen to your awesome netcast! Plus proprietary iTunes does not work with my Android. I just pull all my other podcasts straight to my Android phone without some middleman software, please post the RSS feed so I can do that with your AWESOME netcast as well.
FIGHT the oppressor that is Apple! (It used to be Micro$oft), but with all the DRM on Apple junk they are now the enemy!
Jennifer has hers at
Please do the same. Thanks.
S3 and the Amazon music store rocks!
Here is is Josh,
You are the first person to ask me for that since I updated my site in August!
Of course we will never have anything to fear from Google…
You are right the feed does need to be available.
Thanks so much. I have listened to your Awesome netcast on my Palm Treo, My Cowon iAudio X5, iPod Classic 30gb, iPod Nano 4gb, iPod Touch 32gb, Blackberry 8330, Blackberry 8730, Media Monkey, iTunes, Podcast Ready, and now my Motorola Droid. I know many people buy into the Apple marketing plan, but I like to keep my options open, and I appreciate and support others who see Apple as just another way of getting the message out not the end all be all solution.
Thanks for posting the feed and please keep up the great work.
The Rice Baker
Wow Josh! I could use some of your knowledge about all these devices. I know just enough to be dangerous, and to get me through my workouts and classes with iTunes and iPod. Yeah, I too hate the proprietary stuff on iTunes and all the restrictions, but on the other hand I understand where it’s coming from (to protect the artists and from the music industry).
But I dislike the Apple oppressor MUCH LESS than I dislike the Microsoft oppressor.
Computers…it’s a love/hate relationship, isn’t it?!
We appreciate having you as a member! Thanks so much!