A Note On iTunes Podcasts
By Dwip January 14, 2011, 4:06 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts at work the past few months. Variously, the complete Savage Love archives, anything I missed from Midrats, and having run out of those, I’m now starting in on Wil Wheaton’s Radio Free Burrito, because I like my gaming nostalgia as much as the next guy, and I’m out of amusing sex advice columns and Navy-centric national security discussions.

One problem: iTunes only has the last few episodes, of thirty-some. You can get the archives from Wheaton himself, but alas, iTunes won’t recognize them properly and stick them in the podcasts section, even if you stick the files themselves there.

Fortunately, there is a way around this, and here I am shamelessly cribbing from this blog, to which I am indebted eternally, or at least until I run out of RFB shows. They did all the work here, I’m just making my own notes on the process.

1. Download all your podcast shows, and put them in the directory for your show, which in my case is My MusiciTunesiTunes MediaPodcastsRadio Free Burrito. Your milage will vary.

2. Grab MP3Tag and install it. Pop it open, and open the directory with all your podcast eps.

You’ll need to use the Extended Tags button to edit a bunch of tags. The easiest way to do this is to batch edit most of the tags by selecting all the episodes you need to edit, adding all the tags, then going back to change the dates and titles where appropriate.

You need to add the following fields:

PODCAST 1 /* This is always 1 */
PODCASTCATEGORY /* Find out what category it is from copying from another ep */
PODCASTDESC /* Put placeholder text or find out what should be here */
PODCASTID /* Copy this from another ep */
POSTCASTURL /* Copy this from another ep */
RELEASETIME yy-mm-ddThh-mm-ssZ /* Copy this from another ep and edit. This makes things show in the proper order */
SUBTITLE /* Figure out something for this, or just leave it blank. Controls the description text in iTunes */
TITLE /* Title of the episode. It’s how you’ll ID it in iTunes */

Yes, this is some pretty egregious bullshit to need to engage in, but at least it can be done. Later, I’ll need to figure out how to do this for audiobooks, which some brief digging on the subject suggests that the process here is full of a different sort of fail entirely, and that the way audiobooks work in iTunes/on iPods is made of fail, much like pretty much all elements of the iTunes interface.

Which is to say that sometimes I think “Well, people like Macs a lot, so they can’t be all bad, right?” And then I attempt to use Apple software and realize no, it really is that bad. Though to be fair, Windows Media Player is pretty much fail, too. If only Winamp actually worked for managing iPods.

On the other hand, here, I discovered iTunesU last night, and I think I’m in love.

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avatar Comment by Conner #1
January 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm


Most of that sounds pretty much like a pain in the rump. Are you really away from your your computer enough that you need to catch these things as podcasts?

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