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Date: Tuesday, 28 Jun 2005 09:18

engadget #4 podcast itunesWhile there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, iTunes 4.9 with podcasting support is already available for direct download or via software update on the Mac. However, you won’t find any podcasts yet as the directory is currently empty. We’ll keep you updated throughout the day as we await the official announcement and details about that “big corporate content partnership.”

UPDATE: the podcast directories are coming online now globally — Engadget is the 4th most popular on the US store — c’mon folks…move it up.

[Thanks, Jörg]

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Date: Monday, 27 Jun 2005 20:17
iTunes Music Store

We knew it was coming soon, but now it’s looking like the next iteration of iTunes may in fact be unveiled tomorrow instead of July 7. This according to Dave Winer, harbinger of all things podcasting, who says not only will Apple be announcing the release of iTunes 4.9 but also an unnamed “big corporate content partnership.” What do you think — is it Sirius? The iTunes client app will be supporting RSS 2.0 enclosures which of course includes video as well as audio — will they drop a bomb and unveil the iTunes Movie Store with Sony? Give us your predictions.

[Via TUAW]

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Date: Friday, 24 Jun 2005 19:32
Podbot

Yes, podcasters and would-be podcasters, you can now avoid all social contact whatsoever by deploying the Podbot to handle your interviewing duties. It rolls much like an RC car with an on-board webcam, and its movements and recording functionality are controlled wirelessly. Its Tablet PC brain acts as interface and brain, with specially programmed control software written in .NET to make this one mean mobile podcasting machine. We find it heartening that even our robotic overlords are gettin’ down with grassroots media.

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Date: Tuesday, 21 Jun 2005 12:27

Podcast W600

While Peter was off gallivanting around Los Angeles with his new AOTS crew, CommunicAsia left us in a wash of cellphone-related madness, including bits on Sony Ericsson’s (disappointing) new W600 Walkman phone launch, the V1150 possibly coming to Cingular, and Sprint’s big EV-DO rollout. So if you’re into cellphones, this is the podcast for you—and if you’re not, we’ve got some nice bits in there about messin’ around with Orb, DittyBot, and the Engadget reader meetup this week! So, did we miss Peter around the office? YEAAH!

Hosts: Ryan Block and Peter Rojas

Format:
34:00, 7.7MB, MP3

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00:00 Attack of the Show!
05:00 Widescreen iBook rumor
09:00 Sony Ericsson W600 Walkman phone
10:15 V1150 on Cingular?
13:10 Sprint’s EV-DO
16:15 Treo: 2006 + firmware update
23:30 Orb Networks
27:10 DittyBot
30:00 Engadget reader meetup!

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Date: Monday, 13 Jun 2005 05:56

Podcast - Jason Gordon

What a week! Apple went Intel, IBM’s mapping the human brain as a supercomputer, BenQ bought Siemens’s mobile divison, and Jason Gordon, Product Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices Division sat down with us to dish on Windows Mobile—where it’s been, where it’s going, Microsoft’s Exchange mobile push e-mail initiative, the works. All this and more on the latest hot, hot summer Engadget Podcast!

Hosts: Peter Rojas and Ryan Block

Guest: Jason Gordon

Format:
46:35, 10.6MB, MP3

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Minutia…

00:00 Apple goes Intel! Rumors fly!
07:50 Blue Brain
09:30 BenQ buys Siemens
14:45 Engadget China
15:50 Yahoo! + Skype?
17:40 Samsung WiFi MP3 players
19:50 Creative Zen Vision
23:30 Jason Gordon of Microsoft
45:50 Outro

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Date: Monday, 06 Jun 2005 04:59

Podcast - Intel Inside a PowerBook

What kind of a weird week has it been when it gets out that Apple’s going all Intel on us? The kind of week wherein we experienced Computex, of course—and abundant crazy Asian ODMs aside, we’ve finally got IBM’s X41 tablet upon us, as well as some serious speak about Akimbo, IPTV, and video anytime, anywhere. So join us for the Engadget Podcast 30, won’t you?

Hosts: Peter Rojas and Ryan Block

Format:
34:29, 7.9MB, MP3

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00:00 Intro
00:50 Apple and Intel
05:00 AOpen’s Mini PC
07:20 IBM X41 Tablet PC
10:00 Computex
12:00 Senao’s WiFi handsets
13:30 Tatung’s V620 and the Portable Media Center platform
20:30 Akimbo review
29:30 iRAM
33:00 Wrapup!

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Date: Monday, 23 May 2005 12:05
iTunes Music Store

Hugeness: Steve Jobs just revealed at the D: All Things Digital Conference that iTunes 4.9 will add support for podcasts. With one click you’ll be able to subscribe to different feeds and have them automatically delivered to your iPod without using a third-party app like iPodder. You’ll be able to search through a directory of available podcasts (producers will be able to register their podcasts with the iTunes Music Store), but users will have the option of adding whatever feeds they want to iTunes. The other big news: Jobs says that he would consider selling podcasts through the iTunes Music Store, something which should have Audible just a little worried.

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Date: Thursday, 19 May 2005 16:45

Podcast - PlayStation 3

There’ve been some big bombs dropped this week in the video game world, both consoles and software alike, so we’ve got a mid-week E3 roundup Podcast to keep you abreast on the latest in the next-gen console shootout going down in here. Special guests Ben Zackheim and Vlad Cole of Joystiq fame join us with the latest on PlayStation 3’s launch, more on Engadget’s and Joystiq’s interview with Steve Ballmer on the Xbox, and we all even manage to take some time to pontificate on what in god’s name is happening in the Nintendo camp before turning the mics over to Joystiq for the latest on upcoming and next-gen titles.

Hosts: Peter Rojas and Ryan Block
Guest: Ben Zackheim and Vlad Cole

Format:
40:56, 9.4MB, MP3

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Minutia…

00:50- PlayStation 3 unveiling
04:00- Xbox 360 and the market
12:40- Ballmer on the Xbox 360
20:40- Nintendo Revolution unveiling
29:00- A Nintendo media hoax?
30:50- Joystiq knows games
39:20- Wrapup

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Date: Monday, 16 May 2005 12:25

Podcast - Cat Schwartz

The Engadget podcast rolls into Los Angeles for E3; in this week’s episode we chat with Cat Schwartz about the craziness that will be this week’s E3 gaming show, last week’s unveiling of the Xbox 360 on MTV, the return of the broadcast flag, JD Lasica’s interview with Steve Heiner from Nikon, our visit to NYU’s ITP Spring show, the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0, F-Secure’s confirmation that your cellphone can’t infect your car with a virus, Yahoo!’s new Yahoo! Music Unlimited service, Samsung’s new A800 2-megapixel cameraphone, and a look ahead at a couple of this week’s non-gaming related announcements.

Hosts: Ryan Block and Peter Rojas
Guest: Cat Schwartz

Format:
49:02, 11.1MB, MP3

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Minutia…

00:20- Xbox 360 Revealed
03:50- Sony PlayStation 3 unveiling
07:40- Nintendo Revolution unveiling
11:00- Broadcast flag: the resurrection, or, NABbing Congress
14:00- The Engadget Interview - Steve Heiner from Nikon
18:10- NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring 2005 Show
20:45- Google’s acquisition of Dodgeball
21:40- Windows Mobile 5.0 comes alive
26:00- <` href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000660042811/">F-Secure debunks car mobile phone virus myth
28:20- Yahoo! Music Unlimited launches
34:45- Sony’s Vaio VGN-T350
40:20- First two megapixel cameraphone hits the US, the Samsung A800
42:30- The LifeDrive drops this week
45:15- Archos AV700 coming soon?
46:00- Cat Schwartz at E3


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Date: Monday, 09 May 2005 17:38

Podcast - Xbox 360 leaked pic

On this episode we discuss the Xbox 360, Google’s outage, Morse code being faster than text messaging, PlayStation Portable ISOs, the recent court ruling on the broadcast flag, palmOne’s LifeDrive, LuxPro’s latest antics, the Verizon Treo 650, Samsung’s i730 Pocket PC Phone, and this week’s introduction of Windows Mobile 2005. (Yeah, the audio quality is a little rougher than usual, but it’ll get better, we promise.)

Hosts: Ryan Block and Peter Rojas

Format:
36:55, 8.45MB, MP3

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00:58- Xbox 360 live pics
03:08- Google goes down
06:17- Morse code beats texting
07:37- PSP ISOs
10:35- Broadcast flag
17:42- More palmOne LifeDrive pics
21:27- LuxPro is back!
25:17- Verizon getting the Treo 650
26:57- The Samsung i730
29:21- Windows Mobile 2005 coming soon

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Date: Thursday, 05 May 2005 18:30

Gates podcast

As promised, we have a special Bill Gates edition of the Engadget Podcast for you. He sat down with Engadget editor Peter Rojas at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, where they discussed the next Xbox console, whether or not Microsoft is going to come out with a competitor for the PlayStation Portable, the future of Windows Mobile, HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray, IPTV, Windows Media Center and DTV, and why the Tablet PC has struggled so much in the marketplace.

If you haven’t already, you can read parts one and two of the interview online.

Host: Eric Rice

Format:
25:29, 5.94MB, MP3

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Date: Monday, 02 May 2005 22:36
Adam Curry

Much like Infinity Broadcasting has gotten curious about podcasting, Sirius satellite radio seems to be the latest broadcast media outlet bitten by the DIY bug. To that end, they’ve hired Adam Curry (billed as “the father of podcasting”) to do a four-hour weekday show that will be basically Adam’s “greatest hits of podcasting,” to be aired daily on Sirius channel 148. Again, as with the Infinity deal, this misses the whole time-shifting aspect of podcasting — but it seems like this arrangement is more about getting some wide promotion for the idea of podcasting in general. As with the former, Curry’s Sirius shows will include advertising, though Sirius execs are apparently eager for the show to have that “free-form feel” that is more podcast than mainstream radio. It will be interesting to see if podcasting can be so easily rebadged to have that same feel in a mainstream context.

[Thanks, Andy]

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Date: Thursday, 28 Apr 2005 01:00
Engadget podcast icon - normal size

From the same company bringing visual radio to the States comes another, um, creative stab at salvaging flagging revenues: putting podcasts on the air. Infinity Broadcasting will be launching the world’s first all-podcast radio station on May 16, dubbed KYOURadio. They’re converting previously talk-radio format 1550 KYCY, a San Francisco AM station, to entirely listener-submitted content. Podcasters will submit digital audio files for consideration, which will be reviewed for quality standards and FCC guidelines before being simultaneously broadcast over AM and streamed online at KYOURadio.com. Infinity is going to cover licensing fees so podcasters can use major record label music in their shows, although this won’t really benefit those who play primarily indie and unsigned artists. Plus, licensing complications have prevented Infinity from offering downloadable program archives, which misses one of the essential aspects of podcasting: the time-shifting element. The whole reason many of us find the time to listen is because we can download shows and take them anywhere on portable players — so while we think it’s a positive trend that the airwaves are being opened up to the great unwashed masses, it’s really a different animal from podcasting proper.

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Apr 2005 19:15

PSP Podcatching no iTunes
iPSP offers an easy way to sync video and music to your PSP on the Windows side, with one drawback: its music management functionality is tied to iTunes. If you don’t use iTunes to manage your music collection, you might want an alternative way to automagically transfer new audio content to your PSP. This is a fairly simple method of getting your fresh podcasts and tunes onto your PSP, without being tied to any particular music management software application.


Ingredients


How it works

Earlier this week we blogged about Shuffler, a handy little tool that was designed to free the iPod shuffle from iTunes for music management. It essentially provides the iTunes’ new “Autofill” feature for use at the file system level, for those who don’t want to use iTunes or who prefer the drag and drop method of getting music on a digital audio player (as well as adding a handy two-way sync feature, for getting new files off the DAP and onto your desktop automatically). Since the utility theoretically works with any MSC-compliant device (i.e., it shows up as an external hard drive on your computer), we thought we’d give it a try on our PSP to see if we could bypass iTunes and iPSP altogether. It worked beautifully, and with a bit of extra tinkering we set up a nice little system to automagically collect new podcasts and MP3 files in a source folder that gets shuffled and synced to the PSP whenever we plug it in. Plus, it’s a two-way sync, so if we’ve collected tracks from other computers or locations, we get a nice local copy of those files on our desktop when we plug in the PSP.

Ready to give it a go? Let’s get set up.


Setup

So first up, go and download Shuffler and unzip it. Before launching it, you’ll want to make sure there’s a formatted memory stick in your PSP. It can have other files on it as well, as long as it’s got the proper file structure already established. When you launch Shuffler for the first time, it will prompt you to make sure your PSP is connected to your computer via USB, so go ahead and hook ‘em up:


PNT1

Since it’s the first time you’re launching it you’ll be prompted to set up some configuration details. First, we’ll choose the Source folder from whom all MP3s flow. We’ve made a folder cryptically named SOURCE on our desktop for this purpose:

PNT2

Next we find our destination folder, which is located on our PSP currently connected as an external drive (on our system it’s drive F, but will probably be different on yours). The proper place where the PSP looks for your music files is inside the MUSIC folder which is inside the PSP folder in the root directory of a properly formatted PSP memory stick:

PNT3

Next we’ll choose a quota size, which defines the maximum amount of “stuff” that will get synced to your PSP. This will obviously depend on the size of your memory stick. However, in practice, we found that this parameter doesn’t really matter all that much. We just set it to 1000, and Shuffler pretty much fills close to the size of whatever memory stick we throw at it. This way, we don’t have to reset the quota for each different size memory stick. We actually find underfilling to be an issue sometimes, whereas overfilling never presented a problem. Shuffler tends to leave a bit more space left over on the PSP than it should, which we assume has to do with whatever randomization is going on in the script. It usually comes pretty close, though.

PNT4

The next dialogue box is basically asking you if you want to enable the two-way sync function. What this does is copy any files on your PSP that are not already in your Source folder, before doing the actual sync. Saying Yes to this option means that if you bring home a new collection of tracks from a friend’s computer on your PSP, you’ll automagically get a local copy of all those files on your machine, simply by plugging in your PSP and letting Shuffler do its thing. Verily, we saith yes to this dialogue:

PNT5

Next you’ll be asked to choose if you want to purge the destination folder before performing the sync. It’s up to you, but it works well to say yes and get a whole fresh selection. Then you’ll be asked whether or not your DAP requires a database management app to run after the sync. You can say ‘no’ to this.

You’ll get a few more dialogues of lesser importance — just set them however you prefer: verbose logging on/off, audible cue on sync completion, and whether or not you want the app to start when you boot your machine. Once you finish the configuration, you’ll be prompted for Shuffler’s first sync. You can either choose cancel and head on into the podcatching portion of the how-to, or go ahead and do the sync if you just want to sync music from your existing collection to your PSP. Podcatchers, we head into the next section.


Set up iPodder to work with Shuffler

To get iPodder to play nice with how Shuffler works, we’re going to have to use a bit of folder automation scripting. This is because iPodder downloads podcasts into separate folders for each feed, and Shuffler chokes on the folder subdirectory organization. We’re going to use the free utility U-Robot to monitor the folder structure our podcasts get saved to, and copy the files into our Source folder. This way we get the best of both worlds: podcasts show up on our PSP, but we can also sync our podcasts with whatever other music management software and proper DAP of our choosing. You can use another utility in place of U-Robot if you already use a folder management utility, or write your own little script to do this, as well — otherwise, go ahead and download U-Robot personal edition, install it and launch it.

First we’ll set up our copying script. Go to Configure and choose Scripts:

PNT8

Go to File > New to create a new script, and give it a descriptive name of some sort. Then, choose New > Copy from the Action menu:

PNT9

In the Copy dialogue that follows, you’ll use some script variables to define what to copy and where. You can leave the “From filename” box set to ”%F”, which denotes whatever file triggered the folder action (i.e. when a new podcast gets downloaded to the podcast folder). In the “To filename” box, you’ll want to first find the full path to your Source folder, and end it with the script variable string ”%N%E.” All told, this action basically says “whenever a new file gets copied to the podcasts folder in any subdirectory, copy that file to the Source folder with the same name.” Bingo.

PNT10

Hit okay when you’re done and okay to close out of the scripts window. Next we’ll tell U-Robot which folder we want it to watch. From the main menu, choose Configure > Folders. In the next window, choose Folder > New. In the resulting dialogue, all you really need to do is find where iPodder saves your podcasts. For the purposes of this how-to we’re assuming you already have iPodder set up and working with another DAP — if you don’t, it’s very straightforward to go and download it and get it up and running. One of the preferences you’ll set is the location that podcasts get downloaded to, and this is precisely the bit of information we need to give U-Robot right now:

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Hit okay once you’ve told U-Robot where your downloaded podcasts live. In the next window, we’ll attach the “copy podcasts” script action we made earlier on to this folder — in the “Script for added files” dropdown, select the script you named earlier:

PNT 13

Hit Okay when you’re done. You’ll be looking at the main U-Robot window now, and we want to enable it to start watching our podcasts folder. Just click on the green “Start button” and the log window will show the program has started watching the folder, just waiting for those unsuspecting new MP3 files to fall into its trap:

PNT 14

Now, let’s start up iPodder and refresh our feeds. Go to your subscriptions tab and do a refresh however you usually do, whether selecting individual podcasts for download, updating just the latest few, or updating anything new since your last sync:

PNT 15

After your fedds have refreshed, you can confirm they’ve downloaded by quickly checking the Downloads tab:

PNT 16

Got some new files? Word. Let’s go check and make sure U-Robot noticed and worked its wily magic on those MP3s. Switch over to U-Robot and you should have some messages in your log window reflecting that the new files triggered some copy actions:

PNT 17

Indeed! We can also go ahead and have a gander inside our Source folder and see that our new podcasts are living all happy and intermingled with some tracks from our music collection in a fine display of content integration. Now whenever we next connect our PSP, we’ll get a nice and random assortment of new content, music and podcasts both.

PNT 18

Speaking of which, let’s get on with that magical moment, already. Hook up your PSP as normal, and you should get the following impending sync message from Shuffler:

PNT 19

You can either hit OK to speed the process, or be on your merry way for a few minutes while Shuffler automagically starts and syncs in 10 seconds. If you do hang around for the exciting show, and you’ve chosen verbose messaging, you’ll get some notifications as Shuffler is copying files:

PNT 19

The transfer itself usually doesn’t take very long — only a couple of minutes for a 512MB stick. At the end of the whole works, you’ll get a status message that tells you the process is complete, as well as how many files were copied and how much space remains on your memory stick:

PNT 20

Now you can safely disconnect your PSP and check out the random assortment of new content that awaits! Not happy with the results for any reason? Just hook up and re-sync and get a whole new batch. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we must be off to work on automating our laundry so we have more time to spend, uh, researching some new exploits in Wipeout: Pure.


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Date: Friday, 08 Apr 2005 16:20

podcast

Short show with Peter Rojas joining in to talk about the Palm Treo 650; the rumored PalmOne LifeDrive; Sony’s new 20GB Network Walkman; Tivo/DirecTV relationship; and six million podbast listeners

Host: Eric Rice

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20:44, 4.7MB, MP3

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01:22- Destruction Prodigio by Frederico Carrara
02:16- Sony’s 20GB NW-HD5 Network Walkman (recorded right before it was officially announced, ok?)
04:36- palmOne’s LifeDrive
06:35- Verizon Treo 650
09:44- Tivo/DirecTV agreement
14:18- Six million podcast listeners? Yahright.

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 19:34

Engadget Podcast

Digital video camcorders, readers’ choice for digital cameras; PSP usability quirks; LCD quality levels and defect types; what Apple critics are forgetting in the iTunes/Pymusique battle (C.K. Sample from TUAW joins in); bonus: two videos—an Acterna WinXP embedded Tablet and an Anritsu Sitemaster; plus who is co-hosting starting next week?

Host: Eric Rice.
Format: 30:03, 7MB, MP3

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01:52- Standard Size by ML
02:03- Acterna Tablet video; Anritsu Sitemaster video.
02:50- Robert Scoble’s video review of the JVC Everio digital camcorder
03:55- Canon Optura Xi vs. Sanyo Xacti C1/Fisher FVD-C1, price, use
06:16- Don’t be shy with your product experiences and opinions!
06:56- Have a PSP? Usability quirk, LCD screen class and defect types (ISO 13406-2).
11:34- Ask Engadget: What manufacturer has your favorite compact digital camera; alternative digital video solution; the camera in Eric’s gadget bag
13:50- Vague ringtone commercials.
14:20- C.K. Sample from The Unofficial Apple Weblog and I talk iTunes, Pymusique, DRM, and the whining against Apple
28:24- Who’s the mystery co-host starting next week?

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Date: Monday, 21 Mar 2005 05:00

podcast

Wireless, wireless, everywhere. Ryan Block shares highlights from the CTIA wireless expo; retail anticipation on the PSP; should you get an extended warranty?; a trip down memory lane from Playstation Magazine; and of course, the new kid in class.

Host: Eric Rice.
Format: 29:06, 6.6 MB, MP3

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Minutia…
01:29- Computer Chronicles 1984, Blue And Green Lawnmower, Who the heck am I?, new numbers, the Motorola i930 Vaporware
04:47- The Treo, the HP iPaq h6315 and T-mobile pulling it from the shelves.
08:14- The PlayStation Portable cometh and the bizarro UDM formatted movies
11:01- Extended warranties and replacement plans. Should you?
14:23- A trip down portable gaming memory lane.
18:43- Ryan Block recaps the hot items from CTIA wireless expo.
26:24- It’s not podcasting that will hurt radio… it’s mobile phones
27:05- Ask Engadget. Home backup solutions.
28:01- Wish Peter Rojas a Happy Birthday

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Date: Wednesday, 29 Dec 2004 16:26

Engadget Podcast.22 12.29.2004

Jaan Pehechaan Ho! This week’s show is chock full of goodness. We talk about Orb Networks, Extending the Media Center PC with an Xbox, the Super-duper green laser, cool (and free) audio from around the web, Apple suing folks, Monster cable meanies, some iPod hacks, news from Suprnova and how we’re all made of Quarks!

Host: Phillip Torrone.
Format: 30 minutes, 7 MB,  MP3

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Minutia…
02:30- Orb Networks, I think it’s the best of 2004. Gartenberg scoop.
07:50- Media Center Extending, stream your stuff anywhere in the house.
11:10- Super green laser, holy sweet photons!
14:30- NASA Podcast, I’m SO going to win this bet.
16:00- Free old Sci-Fi radio shows, x minus one.
18:30- Real hackers, er RealNetwork’s crackers.
20:25- Apple taking enthusiast sites to court, bah!
22:25- Monster, monster jerks.
25:00- iPod hacks, non-iPod hardware, control from a phone.
26:10- Linux, text changes, free your music and more…
28:00- SuperNova.org, something coming soon!

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Date: Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 19:36

Engadget Podcast.21 12.15.2004

iPod sock it to’em! In this show we talk about hacking the SideKick II, the Creative support system, class action suits for PVP makers, Microsoft and the DVD ripper, Time-Warner selling you out, Google Suggest’s How-Tos and its lunchroom starts, the 100 oldest domain names, the history of “Internet”, podcasts, getting content on the ScoblePhone, Wal-Mart dropping the f-bomb, and a letter about the world’s largest photograph.

Host: Phillip Torrone.
Format:  45 minutes, 10MB,  MP3.

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Minutia…
02:45- Hacking the Sidekick II, more apps!
06:20- Creative Zen support, or lack of, DVD ripper, class action…?
13:00- Time-Warner to erase your recordings.
17:00- Google Suggest, how to… version.
19:20- Where Google suggest came from, a suggestion.
21:40- 100 oldest domains, 03-15-85.
23:40- History of the net, a network called “Internet” 1993.
31:40- History of the castin’ October 2003.
35:35- How-To get content on the ScoblePhone.
38:00- Wal-Mart, getting sued over CDs.
41:30- Email, biggest photo, from the biggest kite.
 
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Date: Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 18:32

scoblephone

This week’s HOW-TO is what we hope will be a trend, a venerable avalanche of other how-to’ers which will help people get content like web videos, Internet radio shows (podcasts), and other media automatically delivered to their phones. For our example, we’re going to use free tools to get the Engadget show and popular web videos sent over to a Windows Mobile-powered Smartphone, specifically an Audiovox SMT 5600 Smartphone (Orange SPV C500).

If you’re wondering what type of video you’ll be able to grab, click here to view a video (Windows Media) of what we synced up last night. Squirrel launcher, yikes.

Oh, and one bit of housekeeping, we’re a bit late with this week’s HOW-TO, we’ve literally been on hold with Earthlink tech support for the last four days getting our home access back up, it’s sad, trite, but true. Worst part: the outsourced tech support in India actually asked us to defrag our drive because “that might fix it.” Sigh. Anyway, on with the HOW-TO.


For this HOW-TO we’re going to use a free application called Doppler to select and automatically download audio and video content to our PC, from there, we’ll use Windows Media Player to sync the content on our Smartphone and play the content in Windows Media on the phone.

Ingredients for the HOW-TO

On the hardware side of this HOW-TO any Pocket PC should work, and “some” Smartphones, we happen to have an Orange SPV C500 which is almost identical to the USA version, Audiovox SMT 5600 Windows Mobile Smartphone, but it doesn’t have Windows Media Player 10 on the phone, which isn’t a big deal, this still works and we’ll show you how since a lot of you have these phones. It’s just easier since Windows Media Player 10 (on phone and PC) allows “AutoSyncing”. To see what devices support Windows Media Player 10 visit Microsoft’s site.

WindowsMedia
Download and install Windows Media Player 10 for PC here.

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You can check the version you have by going to Help > About WindowsMedia Player while using Windows media.

ActiveSync
It goes without saying, but we need to mention this. Make sure you’ve downloaded, installed and set up a partnership with your PC and your phone (or other WindowsMobile device).

Downloading and Configuring Doppler Radio
Download and install Doppler Radio, unlike most applications, we think it’s actually a good idea to read the release notes, there’s a lot of good info that describes the features in details.

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One of the best features in Doppler is that it will automatically make playlists in WindowsMedia, if you don’t use or want to use an iPod.

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Doppler is  one of the more alternative player friendly applications out right now.


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Choose which folder you’re going to download the audio and video to, we made a folder called “mobilevideos”.

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As we mentioned before you can choose which music management application you use to sync with your phone, music player, etc…

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First up, let’s add an internet radio show, for example, our Engadget Podcast.


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Another cool feature about Doppler is that you can simply type in the name of a show and it will pull it up and you can add it right there.


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Once added, you can hit “Retrieve now” and it will download the shows, if you only want a few shows, you can specify that in the tools menu.

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After it’s downloaded, you’ll get a notification in the task bar.


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Next up, let’s add a video feed. We’re going to use the amazingly cool (and weird) blogdigger service to add a feed in Doppler. With Doppler you can simply go here.

Drag the XML icon next to “Windows Media” on the blogdigger page in to the main window in Doppler.


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Once you drag the feed over, you’ll see a dialog, click “Add feed”. Hit retrieve, and once downloaded, the videos will appear in the folder.

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As always, you never quite know what what you’re going to get, you can use search terms (see the blogdigger site). But in general, we like the weirdness, just keep in mind these videos might not be family friendly, unless you have a very friendly family.

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Now that we have some digitized goodness, time to sync up.

Syncing with Windows Media Player 10

Here’s comes the easy part you have the Audiovox SMT 5600 Windows Mobile Smartphone, you plug the phone in and set it to “AutoSync”.

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Select the Doppler playlist in WindowsMedia, and you’re pretty much done. When you sync, the videos will be converted and transfered to your phone (or storage card) and will be ready to view.

Non-Windows Media Player 10 Smartphones
We’re not sure why the identical Orange SPV C500 doesn’t have the Windows Media Player 10, but that’s the way it is for now. After some testing we’ve found most videos from blogdigger play fine in the Windows Media Player 9, some might be a little large, so just make sure you have enough space.

When you open WindowsMedia you’ll see the playlist from Doppler.

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Right click and add that to the sync list by selecting “Add to Sync List”.


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Now, because the Orange SPV and.or all the other pre-Audiovox phones don’t support the Windows Media Player 10 (on the phone) we’ll need to stop Windows Media Player 10 on the PC from caring that it should convert it. Select Tools > Options and click the device tab. Choose “Storage Card” on your phone, or your phone/Pocket PC and -uncheck- Convert files. This will do a straight up Sync and most of the time, it’s worked great for us.

Click OK, then click sync in WindowsMedia, you’ll see the files sent over.

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Once they’re sent on over, it’s time to view them.

Playing on the Smartphone
On your home screen press Start.

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Advance to the WindowsMedia player.

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Open the playlist.


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Play that funky movie.

The results
And here it is!

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If you’re wondering what type of video you’ll be able to grab, click here to view a video (WindowsMedia) of what we synced up last night.

Wow, the Internet is scary.

Other ways…
On that note, keep in mind there are a few other ways to do this, in our previous HOW-TOs with the portable media center “broadsnatching” and our intro to podcasting cover other applications and methods using the WindowsMedia player. If you happen to try or use another set up, post up in the comments.

Your turn
If you use a Palm device or Symbian, or any other type of phone that plays audio and video, please feel free to post up or send links to your versions of getting content on them. One thing we’d like to see an easy way to batch, convert and sync videos to get them on the Treo(s). We’ve used Kinoma, but integration in to Windows Media Player or something along those lines might be pretty cool (maybe it exists now?).

And if you admin, write about, or cover mobile devices, please cook up some guides!


Phillip Torrone cannot be reached via his personal website http://www.flashenabled.com, at least not until Earthlink gets on the ball.

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