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Old November 22nd, 2006, 01:22 PM
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Heroscapers Podcast Information

Well gentlemen and ladies, we are about to launch a Heroscapers.com podcast! We are still working out some bugs, and details about the podcast itself will be released with the first episode, but part of our launch schedule includes posting this thread to explain (hopefully in layman's terms) everything that a Scaper needs to know about podcasts.

Use this thread as a reference and troubleshooting guide so that when the first episode is released you will be all set and ready to listen! If you have any questions or problems with getting set up for podcasts, please post them here.

What is a podcast? Simply put, it's an RSS feed with mp3 or video files attached. When the RSS feed is read by a podcast player, such as iTunes, the information contained in the RSS code is reformatted into what you see in the iTunes Music Store as a podcast. The only difference between a videocast and podcast is that the author of the podcast included a video file (ex. mov) instead of an audio file (ex. mP3).

What is an RSS feed? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is used to list and summarize news articles and link to their full text articles. In the case of podcasts, the same RSS code is used by podcast players to format the podcast.

How do I listen to podcasts? We will feature a summary of each podcast episode as a front page article. Each article will end with direct links to our RSS feed, free subscription link to our iTunes Music Store podcast (if you don't have iTunes installed it will automatically prompt you,) and a link to each episode's MP3 file for individual streaming or download.

Why should I subscribe to a podcast instead of just downloading the mP3 files individually? Subscriptions are a free, convenient, time-saving service. A podcast is intended to be a frequently updated reoccurring show with individual episodes relating to one topic. As new episodes become available, you can chose to be notified and have them automatically downloaded for you. With iTunes, podcasts are easier to put on your iPod, plus, the visual formating that a podcast player provides is a lot better than the plain RSS feed. Once you get iTunes installed, navigate to the Music Store> Podcasts and pick one to test one out.

Do I absolutely have to use iTunes as my podcast reader? No. There are other major podcast readers to chose from. You may try:
iTunes (Windows/OS X)
Juice (Windows/OS X/ Linux)
jPodder (Windows)
iPodderX (OS X)

How do I view the RSS feed? You need a web browser with an RSS feed reader installed. The most recent versions of Firefox (2.0), Internet Explorer (7), and Safari all have built in RSS readers, so just upgrade your browser version and you should be all set. Once you have your new browser installed, here is an average RSS feed to test if it works: http://rss-feeds.msn.com/autos/autosfuture.xml If you get an error message or only see a bunch of code, then you don't have an RSS reader.

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Sounds delicious...

And I know this must be no small task, so a big...

THANK YOU

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Wait, yes I can. I don't have an mp3 player.
I don't think you need one. I just click on them and they play in Quicktime automatically like any other streaming media.


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I can't wait!

...

Wait, yes I can. I don't have an mp3 player.
I don't think you need one. I just click on them and they play in Quicktime automatically like any other streaming media.
Really? I thought they were just for mp3 players. Then again, I don't have Quicktime either, so that's a moot point...
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I can't wait!

...

Wait, yes I can. I don't have an mp3 player.
I don't think you need one. I just click on them and they play in Quicktime automatically like any other streaming media.
Really? I thought they were just for mp3 players. Then again, I don't have Quicktime either, so that's a moot point...
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Do I absolutely have to use iTunes as my podcast reader? No. There are other major podcast readers to chose from. You may try:
iTunes (Windows/OS X)
Juice (Windows/OS X/ Linux)
jPodder (Windows)
iPodderX (OS X)
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How long do you plan on the podcast being?

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Up, lad: when the journey's over / There'll be time enough to sleep!"
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Episodes will be 10 minutes bi-weekly.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 02:24 PM
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It sounds cool.

P.S. It is just Audio, right?

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It sounds cool.

P.S. It is just Audio, right?
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I don't have an mp3 player.
As was sort of pointed out above, iTunes is an MP3 player, and it is free.

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It sounds cool.

P.S. It is just Audio, right?
All the admins have listened to the first podcast and.... YES!! It is cool and will be an excellent site resource!!!


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