Scott Hanselman

Podcasting with iTunes 4.9

July 1, '05 Comments [5] Posted in NDoc
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Itunespodcasting1I just updated to iTunes 4.9. I was holding off, since I make backups of with jHymn and it's unclear how that will work in the future. But the podcasting support was too attractive to ignore.

(Yes, I know I said something about Podcastarrhea before, and I stand by that. But RSS Enclosures are a good way to get the content I do want brought to me and sync'ed transparently. And I don't have to wait until 2008 for it.)

I have started riding my (new) bike to work, 5 miles each way (don't laugh, it's hard and somehow uphill both ways!) and while I'm a massive fan of Audible.com and it's brilliant iTunes integration (I'm a "Light Listener" which means $12.95 a month for two books) I'd really like to listen to a few public radio stations on my time.

There's a great list of non-commericial and public radio Podcasts at 43 Folders, and it looks like we can expect big things from NPR very soon around podcasting.

I'd love to subscribe to the many .NET Rocks Podcasts, but iTunes doesn't support BitTorrent and I'm not really interested in being a Torrent repeater. Seems my bandwidth always gets sucked up and I'm always pushing more than I'm pulling. NOTE TO SELF: I'll need to use my Sveasoft QoS support to lower the priority of BitTorrent. I hope .NET Rocks offers a conventional method soon.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, July 01, 2005 4:13:41 PM UTC
Bit Torrent is a fantastic protocol! I am glad that .NET Rocks offers it, but I guess they should also offer the plain-jane mp3 version as well for the podcasts.

Anyway, you can setup limits for your bandwidth usage.. if I use Azureus and don't cap the upload then it will rob it all, so I usually just keep it at like 15k/sec. Of course this will also slow your download a bit, but it's not that big of a deal.
Friday, July 01, 2005 4:53:22 PM UTC
But what about these reports?
http://channels.lockergnome.com/windows/archives/20041109_is_bittorrent_traffic_going_to_bring_down_the_internet.phtml
Friday, July 01, 2005 5:25:57 PM UTC
While there's no official word from FutureProof, the general feeling in the hymn forums is that JHymn is still kosher against iTunes 4.9: http://www.hymn-project.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=5
Friday, July 01, 2005 11:01:39 PM UTC
Well, Travis, I'm now (after 4.9) totally unable to read any of my m4a files. Crap. I'll dig into the JHymn details.
Monday, July 04, 2005 7:02:56 AM UTC
Well, we decided to podcast our raw audio files. You can still download the torrents, but the podcast feeds point right to the files. The result? Our very own 10 megabit pipe is maxxed out all day. Nobody can download anything, and we hadn't even published the new show for this week yet. Here are the numbers:

http://weblogs.asp.net/cfranklin/archive/2005/07/04/417662.aspx
Carl Franklin
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