Podcasting is to radio what Tivo is to television. Even better, the content tends to be far more interesting - think Newsgroups on talk radio and that's Podcasting.
As cool as it is, the name is a real detriment. This is not an iPod only thing. I use a Creative Nomad Muvo and it works fine. Granted I had to hack up a little batch file to get the MP3s automatically transferred to my player once they downloaded, but this was relatively painless (see below). I use iPodder for getting podcasts but lots of other software is also available. I also use a cheap MP3 broadcaster which enables me to listen to downloads over my car stereo.
Here is the batch file I use with iPodder (also uses XXCOPY for file transfer & cleaning up downloaded files):
@echo off rem rem move files to MP3 player using XXCOPY, then ensure the IPodder download directory wasnt blown away rem rem Move files to MP3 player XXCOPY "C:\Documents and Settings\Home\My Documents\My Received Podcasts\*.mp3" G:\ /Po0/S/RCY/PD0/SX set downloaddir="C:\Documents and Settings\Home\My Documents\My Received Podcasts" rem Check to make sure that the backupdir exists and isn't a file if not exist %downloaddir% goto missing goto end :missing rem If the directory got blown away, recreate it. cd \cd "C:\Documents and Settings\Home\My Documents" md "My Received Podcasts" goto end :end cls rem Clean up: unset our variable set downloaddir=
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