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Monthly Archives: October 2014

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shortorange cloud based podcast playerThere is easy and then there is ShortOrange. ShortOrange is a be anywhere podcast player that is easy to figure out and use. If you are new to podcast listening this is a easy way to find out if you are going to want to listen to more.

Why is Shortorange a good podcast starter app?

First it is easy and straight forward. There are not any extras with this other than you can share these shows with friends and listen. There is an iOS app for an easier time to pull up. The Podcast manager itself is light and since all podcasts that are being listened to are stored online they do not take up any space on your device whether that is a computer or a phone. It streams the shows directly to your device.

This podcatcher is also cross-platform. That means what you have on your iOS device will also play on your desktop. The shows you have subscribed to will only have to be subscribed once.

You can search iTunes directory, is a big… HUGE plus for Shortorage because the majority of shows are on iTunes. That way you will not have to do much searching. If you do have a show that is for some reason not on Itunes then you will be able to add it to your list of shows by using the RSS feed.

Drawbacks

The big advantage is also it big draw back. The fact that the shows are not downloaded can mean that from time to time you will not be able to listen to your shows or if you are on a tiered data plan on AT&T or Verizon then you will be consuming your allotted data and could end up with a larger phone service bill than normal. So if you do use this I do recommend that you make sure you have a WiFi connection at hand.

All in all this podcatcher is great and I applaud the team that created it. good job!

Use ShortOrange 

 

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Some people like challenges. Some people are truly nerds for the whole experience. If you want to do a podcast manager in one of the most aggravating and slow means, then try doing it command line style. Yep like the old DOS days, No User interface just type the command and letter her rip! If you are up and like that type if frustration you are either have self hate issues or you like to use Firenze, the command-line podcast and news aggregator. admitted I didn’t go very far into this app just because I don’t care to take a step back in tech. Firenze does have a UI but it is very basic and though am impressed with the number of features, this is not for a beginner. dont really know if it is for advanced users.

You can set conditions for downloads
You can manager your ID3 tags
You can split the mp3 files into different increments. Say you want an hour long show split into 30 minute pieces this podcaster will do it.
Firenze allows for setting of maximum simultaneous downloads.
You can access protected feeds
Also Firenze allows you to synchronize to your MP3 player
Allows you to import an OPML file
There are more command you can use than I would even know what to do with. This would be a great podcast manager if they improved the user interface

Download Firenze and learn all the command line codes on their site

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HermesPod the light fast podcatcher for your windows computerWant simple? Want easy? Then HermesPod could be for you. This little program is quick, and easy to use. Dont try to find any extra bells and whistles this program doesn’t them. It is built to be easy. This is a interesting no Bull means of getting the latest podcast episodes that you want to listen to. You can have the MP3 files download to your computer and from there transfer them to what ever device you choose and beyond that… Yep that is about it. The config section shows just how easy it can be with only three options. What device you want to listen on. What folder do you want the shows save to, and if you pay something we will get rid of the ads

The Manage subscriptions is great. There is no in your face listen to this podcast advertisement it is enter the RSS feed and off you go if you don’t know the RSS feed there is a browser in the program so you can go to the website of your favorite podcast click a button and it will find the correct RSS feed. There is a recommended podcasts for those who are just starting out with listening to podcasting.

After downloading your shows, you will want to play them on something. You can link your favorite mp3 player to HermesPod or you can sync the shows to your portable mp3 player or phone or whatever it is you like to use.

Good points of HermesPod

Easy! The number one complaint many people have about podcasting is the difficulty of listening to shows. This podcast manager does a good job of keeping the learning curve small so that the new people are not scared off.

I like the browser search feature in this Podcatcher because many people are comfortable in using a browser and to just hit a button and poof wala! people are able to get the rss feed with out really having to know what an RSS feed is or what it does. Perfect job executed in that matter.

Bad Points of HermesPod

The lack of portability the big drawback. It is easy, and good for the office but you are tied to that one place. That is the worst I can say about this little program.

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