Podcasting Catcher Software a work in progress.



I switched from iPodder to jPodder this last week due to having issues with iPodder not inserting Podcast into my media player. But the issue I am having with all of these podcasting catcher programs is that they are not smart enough to clean-up after themselves. So I have 2 month old content and no way to really clean those Podcast off my iPod permanently. Because as soon as I delete it from iTunes and the hard-drive the jPodder software downloads the old files again.

Podcasters are most to blame because their RSS feeds still have these old shows. Someone fix this please!

UPDATE: When your 40 gig iPod is full of music and you are using the remaining 3 gigs to hold podcast and you are down to 100 megs of available storage the only choice you have is to start unsubscribing from feeds. Someone fix this please!

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.


2 thoughts on “Podcasting Catcher Software a work in progress.

  1. When your 30 gig iPod is full of music and you are using the remaining 3 gigs to hold podcast and you are down to 100 megs the only choice you have is to start unsubscribing to feeds.

  2. I must respectfully disagree with a part of what your talking about here.

    I agree that the fact that jPodder re-downloads a file when it’s deleted from your file-system is a problem, and one that’s not shared with iPodder that I am aware of. I also agree that it would be nice if the podcast RSS feeds contained only the n most recent ones podcasts (although I’d also like to see an archive feed as well, so I can catch up on the ones I missed if I’m a latecomer). What I disagree with is the idea that it’s the podcatcher’s responsibility to take care of disk space.

    While that would be a nice feature, let’s compare podcasts to any other kind of media one can access with your PC. You choose to load it up, and only you know when you’re done with it. I can download a whole bunch of video or audio manually to my PC or media player and it’s my problem to keep that stuff cleaned up. I don’t think podcasting is really any different, except that there’s a lot more of it. That makes clean up more important, but still the responsibility of the person choosing to download it. Again, having a configurable clean-up mechanism in a podcatcher would be a great feature, and maybe a wonderful selling point, but not the resposibility of the software. I ended up writing a script to clean my directories up.

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