Archive for the ‘Podcast’ Category

Wednesday workout Aug 25 2005

Shorter workout today, ~45 minutes. 6 miles on the bicycle, arm curls, crunches, some running and walking.

Listened to an interesting podcast from the BlogHer 2005 sessions entitled How to get Naked, talking about personal identity blogs.

Weigh-in: 215lb.

Applescript to automate process of recording Real Player .ram to .mp3 on Mac OS X and putting into iTunes (for Christian Science Bible Lesson podcast) Aug 23 2005

You may recall that I had shared instructions before about how to record the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson using Real Player, Audio Recorder and Soundflower.

Well, after one more time of forgetting to hit the Audio Recorder Stop button after the Real Player was finished streaming the file, ending up with a 37 minute long recording, comprising approximately 9 minutes of silence at the end, I decided to finally do something about it. This application is the result of that frustration.

This application still requires that you have Soundflower, Real Player and Audio Recorder correctly installed. Click on the link above if you don’t have them yet. Once you’ve installed them, you can download and run the scripts below to automatically record this week’s lesson.

This script automates the previously manual process of:

  1. Change System Preferences > Sound > Input and Output to Soundflower (2ch)
  2. Open Real Player
  3. Open Audio Recorder
  4. Open Bible Lesson URL in Real Player
  5. Click Record button in Audio Recorder
  6. Click Stop button in Audio Recorder after the file finishes (~28:31)
  7. Drag timestamped .mp3 file into iTunes
  8. Quit Real Player
  9. Quit Audio Recorder
  10. Change Sound Preferences back to something that I can actually listen to
  11. Delete original .mp3 file
  12. Get info on file in iTunes
  13. Add Artist, Composer, Title, Album, Genre and Comments
  14. Optionally play in iTunes

This script automates ALL of that. So, without further ado, here it is to download, use and modify if you wish, licensed under Creative Commons. Open Source, free for you to take, modify and use as you like, as long as it is not for commercial uses and you give attribution to me as the original author. Thanks!

Download the script

Click here to download Bible_Lesson_to_MP3_Recorder_Script_1.6.dmg

There are two versions of the script in the .dmg file. The Quiet Version simply has all dialogs turned off. It runs the script without prompting you for any input. It is particularly suited to using with a cron script (example: open The other one has fancy dialog scripts to walk you through the process, also have bonus voice promts. Weeeeee!

The final results of both versions are the same: A 28:50 long mp3 recording sitting in your iTunes, waiting to be listned to and added to your iPod the next time you sync.

Thanks to all the Applescripters on the net who helped me figure things out, particularly how to talk to Real Player using the window 0 identifier.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

AppleScript source code:

Click here to view HTML color coded Applescript

Feel free to add any suggestions or comments below.

Futuro Mashup – Funk filled mash, easy to listen to Mar 31 2005

Lets Get the Love

Futuro Mashup

def. mashup, a combination of classic cuts, RE-groove-Re-cut-REcyle, good clean fUn…

I like this track especially:

P.S. If you are subscribed to my RSS feed and you use a podcasting application (like iPodder) then when I link to mp3s you’ll automatically download the mp3 to your iPod thanks to WordPress enclosure support. Sweeeeeeet! 🙂

MutantPop ~ Post Tunes here Mar 2 2005

I love Mutant Pop.

MutantPop ~ Post Tunes here

HOWTO: How to record a streaming .ram file to .mp3 using OS X Dec 23 2004


The other day I was trying to figure out how to get the audio-recorded version of the Christian Science Bible Lesson onto my shiny new iPod photo. The iPod likes .mp3 or .aac files. It does not include any way to save out a Real Player audio stream in .ram or .rm format and listen to it later.

Here is how I was able to get OS X to record a streaming Real Player Media file (.ram) to .mp3. Note that because this is recording a stream, this is a real-time operation.

This was tested under Macintosh OS X – Panther 10.3.7 using a 1.5GHz 15″ Powerbook G4 with 1.25 GB RAM.


Needed software:

  1. Soundflower –
  2. Audio Recorder –
  3. LAME Framework –
  4. Real Player –


  1. First, download each application above. (You only have to do this the first time.) Make sure you get the Free RealPlayer version from Real.
  2. Install Soundflower, according to their website instructions (pretty much standard double-click, type in password, and click next.)
  3. Install Real Player
  4. Install Audio Recorder (drag-and-drop into your Applications folder, I believe.)
  5. Install LAME Framework. You can put it into either your /Library/Frameworks/ folder or your ~/Library/Frameworks/ folder, depending on if you want it to be available to other users of your computer or not.
  6. Open Audio Recorder. You should see the audio level meter responding to your microphone input or whatever your default Input is set to in your System Preferences / Sound control panel. (Note: At this point you could create your recording, but you would be converting from digital to analog, recording the input from your microphone, then saving to file. Not ideal for getting the best sound quality.)
  7. Open your Audio Recorder Preferences. Change the dropdown from .aiff to .mp3 and adjust the Quality to whatever you want. For recording the Lesson I chose Voice.
  8. Close your Audio Recorder Preferences.
  9. Open your System Preferences, then click on Sound
  10. Click on Input. Select Soundflower (2ch) as the Input.
  11. Click on Output. Select Soundflower (2ch) as the Output. (After you do this, you will not hear anything coming out of your speakers. Essentially you’ve told your Mac to use the Soundflower application as both your Input and your Output device.)
  12. Click on Sound Effects. Where it says “Play alerts and sounds through:” choose Built-in Audio: Internal speakers. This will ensure that if you’re using your computer while you’re recording system alerts won’t be recorded as well.
  13. Open Real Player, and start the audio stream.
  14. Switch to the Audio Recorder application, then click Record. You should see the audio level meter responding to the Real Player audio, not your microphone input.
  15. Press Stop in Audio Recorder once you’ve recorded the program you wish to save to .mp3.
  16. Audio Recorder will prompt you to name the file.
  17. Open up your home directory in the Finder (the default save location for Audio Recorder). Double-click on the .mp3 file, and it should load into iTunes and begin playing. The next time you plug your iPod into your computer it should sync and you now have a time-shifted copy of the Real Player audio stream stored on your iPod for your listening pleasure.

Don’t forget to switch your Output back to Speakers in your System Preferences after you’re done, otherwise you won’t hear any audio coming out of your computer.


Using this method you should be able to record any shows or programs that are made available in streaming format that you can listen to – this is just like adding a line-out cable into your line-in, without having to actually have any physical cables.

The 28:31 minute long Lesson on Christian Science ended up being around 11.5 MB .mp3 file and it plays perfectly on the iPod. I think that the Christian Science Publishing Society should make the Lesson available natively in .mp3 format for free (or at all) on their site. Bonus points would super for sure apply if they then also turned it into a nice .mp3 enclosure-enabled RSS feed podcast so you could download it automatically to your iPod every week using an iPodder application.

Link to the Christian Science weekly Bible Lesson:

Link to Real Player version of the Lesson:

Have feedback? Leave a comment!




Posted 3 Dec 2004 06:20:50 UTC is now making available an RSS feed for our readers’ convenience. It contains the headlines for articles posted to our website, and in addition can be used to automate downloading of our radio programs Off the Hook and Off the Wall.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It allows news headlines and other sorts of information to be published in a standard XML format which can then be read by different software programs. The most popular use of RSS is a piece of software called an “aggregator”, which collects news from a number of websites and then displays it to you in a simple form. A number of such aggregators are available for various computer platforms. Other uses of RSS have included screensavers, SMS notification, and web based RSS portals, so have a look at it, and surprise us with a something new as well.

Our RSS feed can be found here:

In addition to 2600 news, each week we post streaming and archived versions of both “Off the Hook” and “Off the Wall” radio shows. To this end, our feed supports an RSS feature called “enclosures.” Many RSS aggregators can now automatically download the shows each week and even automatically transfer the MP3 files to your portable music player.

To have the shows delivered to your computer and/or portable music player, download one of the applications from, install, and configure to use the 2600 RSS feed. Each week, as we publish the audio shows, the shows will automatically be downloaded to your computer or portable music device.

If you just use a RSS aggregator without enclosure support, the MP3 links to the show will be available along with news, but the MP3 files will not be automatically downloaded.

If you have any questions about getting the audio on your music device or computer, send us an email.

(Via Dave)

Excellent Podcast History on Adam Curry’s Weblog Oct 30 2004

Excellent Podcast History on Adam Curry’s Weblog

Adam Curry’s Weblog

Podcasting comes from a marriage of weblogs and radio. Dave and I are like the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup commercial, where one person eating peanut butter bumps into another eating chocolate, and they both witness the discovery of a wonderful new taste. Only our ‘bump-moment’ didn’t happen rounding the corner, we’ve been working together and with other people on this for years. The ipodder script I wrote to put his Morning Coffee Notes on my iPod automatically, merely popped the podcasting pimple that had been brewing for all this time, building up pressure, waiting to be released. Sorry, that was a disgusting visual. But you get the idea.

I love the popping the podcasting pimple wording. Such great description. 🙂

First Podcast: My Life – including me, Dmitri Pogorelov, Kristin and Kuma Oct 30 2004

First podcast, going to test out WordPress RSS enclosure feature.

Features Russian violinist Dmitri Pogorelov, myself, Kristin, and guest appearances by our dog Kuma and cat Stella.

We went to the St. Louis symphony tonight, then to the Chocolate Bar afterwards. We really like the new version of the Chocolate Bar, and it’s now owned by a young guy (something Bailey). So then I started recording, since Dmitri needed to practice for a quartet he’s playing tomorrow.

20041030-Gabriel_Serafini.mp3Podcast logo

Update: Ok, so it looks like WordPress 1.2 doesn’t automatically do the podcast enclosure thing in the RSS (just tested it in OS X version of Ipodder). Maybe it is the 1.3 version that does this automatically…

Podcast logo by Tim Oct 26 2004

Dawn and Drew had a link to Tim in Australia who made some rather lovely Podcast logos for everyone to use. That they’re using. Tim’s also got a pretty nice WordPress site. Sweet. 🙂

Tim Madden – Web Designer – Brisbane Australia

Podcast logo

Podcasting Logo

I have created a couple of concept logos for anyone with a podcast. Feel free to use them, and let me know what you think.

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) – Engadget – Oct 21 2004

Engadget’s podcasting how-to.

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) – Engadget –

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own)

Posted Oct 5, 2004, 8:15 PM ET by Phillip Torrone
Related entries: Features, Portable Audio

This week’s How-To is a three part special complete with our first Engadget “Podcast” MP3. The first part is how to get “Podcasts” on your iPod. So what’s a Podcast? To put it simply, a Podcast is an audio file, a MP3, most likely, in talk show format, along with a way to subscribe to the show and have it automatically delivered to your iPod when you plug in to iTunes. The show isn’t live, so you can listen to it whenever you want.

Doc Searls may have said it best: “PODcasting will shift much of our time away from an old medium where we wait for what we might want to hear to a new medium where we choose what we want to hear, when we want to hear it, and how we want to give everybody else the option to listen to it as well.”

For the second part of the how-to you can listen to a Podcast we made featuring Lenn Pryor and Phillip Torrone. It’s about 40 minutes long, and we’re thinking about doing one each week (let us know what you think, this was just a test).

The third part of the how-to is about making your own Podcast. Think of this as DIY Radio. We looked around for resources, and while there were many ways to do this, most required buying some sort of sound software application, so for our how-to we’re using a Mac, GarageBand (came free with our Mac), and two free sound tools.

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