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How to stream podcasts on a site
How could I allow podcast feeds to be playable online?

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Msg#: 411 posted 4:16 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi, I want my users to be able to play podcasts, which are hosted elsewhere, through my site, without leaving. I have been working on creating a collection of podcasts tied to a central topic. I have the URL's for the RSS feeds but I can't figure out how to make the feeds playable for an end user from my site. I know that podcast.net has this technology, as do other big directories.

I think that I will need a parser like Carp to get the RSS converted to HTML but then what? I doubt that I am the only one who is trying to accomplish this, so is there anyone who can give a quick step-by-step for <b>making podcasts playable online?<b>

Is there any serverside audioplayer software that would be applicable?



5+ Year Member

Msg#: 411 posted 4:29 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hmm I'm having similar issues as well. So far this is what I've found.


The other method involved using Wimpy Player <snip>

[edited by: werty at 6:38 pm (utc) on Nov. 25, 2005]
[edit reason] Removed URLs - Please see TOS #13 [/edit]


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Msg#: 411 posted 7:42 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

play podcasts, which are hosted elsewhere, through my site, without leaving

If I understand properly what you want to do, then this is pretty simple.

Just use a flash audio player, and you can stream the audio directly from the hosted location to the user's browser. You would embed the flash object into the webpage/blog-post, and the user would play the audio by clicking on a button.

You can use a product like SonicMemo (do a search to find this product if you want it) for the Flash audio play buttons (which I use), or you can create the audio players in Flash yourself if you are so inclined. No additional or special servers are required for this. Virtually all webhosts these days can easily stream Flash audio.


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Msg#: 411 posted 5:14 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

umm... sorry Ego. That is a great solution for streaming audio. However, the keyword here is "Podcast". Just to fill ya in, a podcast is a streamable audio file (also new vpodcasts are available, which are video streams) or video file which will sync to a users iPod, and will allow them to play this "Podcast" or "VPodCast" anywhere at anytime. Upon connecting your iPod to your workstation, it will sync with the server and stream the new updated "Podcast" to your PC. And then update that users iPod automatically.

See, Apple was nice enough to allow all this to your average user as open source. But, they sure didn't make it easy LMAO. It's a pain really. There are a few sights in which you can set them up virtually but all in all...they don't really work like a "proper" Podcast. It's unfortunate really.

Also, with the new VPodCasts out there. They can only be made with QuickTime Pro and take like YEARS to encode a simple 100M file. Bleh. Bleh I say! I've tried using Adobe Premier, as well as other apps, to create video files that are EXACTLY how Apple expects them to be.

It's too bad that Apple will not allow us to use AVI/MPG/MPEG/WMV/ASF (geeeee am I missing any?) with their iPods. Instead we are stuck with MOV...and a couple other high-res formats. But none-of-which are common, there-by making this whole issue...well...an issue...lmao.

Anyways, that's my rant.
iPods are fun,
but (V)Podcasts are a pain in the nards.

- Shaun

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