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Kacked Podcast?

Been obsessed with all things iPod since my brother gave me a shuffle for my birthday about three weeks back. He seems kind of obsessed with it as well. He's just got a bunch of audio gear --gearing up for the podcast radio show thing.

I've done some experiments with it. I kind of like the idea of a podcast but not sure if I have anything to blather on about (not like I'm doing here for instance.)

Been writing some software for my iPod too. Started out, I was trying to see what I could do just to get the thing working on linux. That took some doing--a couple days worth--but it's licked now. I'll probably summarize that when it gels. But then I started fussing with trying to get the best sound I could out of the thing.

Wrote a script to convert some lossless audio compression format to iPod aac, and then discovered some other lossless compressed audio format (or I guess it was the files I discovered), so redid the script to convert this other new format. Then discovered another and another, each time rewriting the [bash] script. I'm convinced I'll run into another lossless compression format, so I decided to put all the different incarnations of the script into one. And to write it in a modular subroutine type fashion so I can add stuff to it as I come across it.

Right now it does four different types: Shorten, Flac, Apple Lossless (alac), and Monkeyaudio (ape), and can alternatively encode to mp3 rather than aac (or do both at the same time.) I'm cleaning it up and will probably post it here in a few days.

Another one I've got working is the stream timer, recorder, converter script. It basically will record most anything that streams over the internet (video too) and convert it to iPod aac. That will be going up soon too.

Oh yeah, and I'm all setup to begin doing my own podcast. Everything is there. The web server is setup and I've run through how to record, setup a microphone, etc. And I checked out skype today as well. Used it to make an internet phone call to somebody in an office in Pretoria, South Africa. Good audio quality, maybe I'll be able to use that to do some kind of phone interview thing.

And I "hacked" my own web site on April fool's day. Did anyone notice besides the search engines?



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