Understanding the Podcasting Revolution (Mac&PC) & Bookmarking

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Understanding the Podcasting Revolution & Bookmarking

Here is an excellent article on Podcasting written by our own Alicia aka ginalee - forums Moderator:

Understanding the Podcasting Revolution

Topics covered under this article are:

1-What is a Podcast?
2-How Podcasting Started
3-What You Need
4-What is Podcasting Like Today?
5-The Future
6-Best Podcasts
7-Best Sites for Podcasting Information (includes links to the sites)
8-Want to Discuss Podcasting - links back to the forums.


Bookmarking Podcasts & How to Avoid the iPod Freeze ups
If you want to use Podcast on your iPod and have it as a bookmarkable file, you can use this simplified guide.

In iTunes, once the Podcast has been downloaded to your computer:

a-go to Edit>Preferences>Importing and set
b-Import Using to AAC Encoder
c-Settings to Custom & use the drop down window to set the
d-Stereo Bit Rate anywhere between 32kbps to 64kbps for the best quality sound.
e-set the Sample Rate: to Auto
f-set the Channels to Auto
g-set the Stereo Mode to Joint Stereo
Then click 'ok' to close out.

Next,
1-Highlight the podcast>right click>select 'Convert selection to' and wait until it finishes.
2-When done right click>select 'Show song file'>when it opens
3-on the toolbar click on Tools>Folder Options>View>Hidden Files & folders>& check show hidden files & folders>then click 'ok' to close.
4-the file extension will show. right click>select 'rename'
5-use the arrow keys not to erase the file & change the ending to .m4a to .m4b>then click outside the space to set.
6-double click on the file to start the podcast playing in itunes and delete the other copy with the "!" next to it.

You now have a bookmarkable file that will play on the iPod and not freeze the 4G iPod. Freezing is not a problem on the 3G iPods.

Also see Roberts full tutorials that are an in-depth step-by-step guide:

The all iTunes method of making bookmarkable guide:
Beginners Guide:Copying an Audio CD to a Bookmarking iPod File. All iTunes Process

All the bookmarking guides are located here:
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=46

You can also use the all-in-one software called Markable
http://www.ipodsoft.com/softwaredetail.aspx?sid=12

The tutorial is located here;
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=79396
 
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iTunes 4.9 edit>preferences has under AAC a Podcast import option, but if selected, does not convert a standard mp3 file to bookmarkable. It does convert to m4a, which if renamed m4b, I suppose will bookmark.

Apple says at http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/podcasts.html
Sync to It
Once all your podcasts arrive in iTunes, sync them to any iPod and listen to your favorite shows anywhere. If you have a Click Wheel iPod, your podcasts appear in their own menu, right alongside your music and audiobooks. And don’t worry about losing your place: If the podcast you download comes with bookmarks, you can zip around within it on any click wheel iPod, just as you would with an audiobook.
So far, with just a glance at the ITMS podcast directory audiobook category, I find only books from audible.

Question is, where, other than audible, are the "podcasts ... that come with bookmarks?" Anyone have a clue?
 
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