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Is the attached file “normal” for what you expect to see in the \listserv\main folder?The attachment contains a list of around 4,000 files. My response:
I don’t see anything obviously out of place, though, since I wasn’t looking for anything specific, and the folder contains a large number of files, it’s hard to be certain. Are you encountering a specific problem, or do you have a particular concern about its contents?
Hey, a public post! I figured I'd post this here, so if someone else runs into some of the same problems I did they would be able to google it and find this information.
(Oh, and also, my podcast has been launched, though I am holding off on making the big push to tell people about it until it is accepted into the iTunes music store, which might take a couple of weeks. Information on how to subscribe to it is behind this link.)
If you use GarageBand's podcast functionality, you have the option of exporting either mp3 or m4a files. If you use m4a then you have the option of including things like chapter markers, while mp3 is more bare bones.
In theory mp3 would be more widely supported, but as far as I can tell in practice pretty much every podcast reader can handle both, so I decided to use m4a in the podcast, but also have mp3s available in case anyone couldn't use the m4a version. This ended up complicating things slightly.
I used Amazon S3 to host the audio files. There were a few tricky things about this.
However, if you actually use this URL, then feedburner won't be able to see it, because feedburner doesn't like https links for some reason. Fortunately, you can just change this to an http link and it still works fine:
I used tumblr for this, but you can use any blogging platform that will provide an rss feed.
Each blog post should contain a link to the audio. Things to know here:
httplink, not an
httpslink, or else feedburner will choke on it.
rel="enclosure"' to that link, e.g.
<a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/TellMeAboutYourSong/Tracie+Potochnik+-+Tell+Me+About+Your+Song.m4a" rel="enclosure">Download This Episode</a>
rel=enclosure' trick cited above then you can probably make do with just one.
http://yoursongpodcasteps.tumblr.com/rss/for my podcast's blog) - this is what you'll need when you're setting up the podcast feed.
I used feedburner for this. It can be accessed here: http://feedburner.google.com/ This will use the same login as your gmail account.
Getting the podcast to work in feedburner was super frustrating, but hopefully if you've followed the guidelines above (setting the content-type of the file correctly, changing the URL from https to http, using 'rel=enclosure' if you have multiple links in your blog post, setting the name of the blog to the name of the podcast) then it will be pretty straightforward:
http://yoursongpodcasteps.tumblr.com/rss/in my case) and select the 'I am a podcaster!' option.
Actually it may be useful at this stage to link to Apple's podcasting specs.
<enclosure url="...' tag for each episode, which should point to the media file. (But if PodMedic found the media enclosure then this should not be a problem.)
If you go to https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/publishPodcast, Apple will ask you to sign in with your Apple ID, and you'll then be able to submit the Feedburner URL of your podcast. You should then get an email telling you they've received your submission and you'll hear from them once it's approved (or disapproved).
Searching around indicates that it can take a couple of weeks for new podcasts to get approved, though some people report shorter times. In retrospect, submitting it on a Saturday night during a three-day weekend might not have been my smartest strategy.
After a podcast is approved, I gather it takes about a day for it to become indexed; so initially you'll be able to share the link to subscribe to it in iTunes, but searching for the podcast in iTunes won't find it.
Past tense of plead?
Does it matter if the word is used in a legal setting vs. a non-legal setting?
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