Wednesday, October 5, 2005 34 Comments
From this point on, each show will be produced in two formats. The mp3 version you’ve come to love will still be available via the links on this site and through this iTunes page (iTunes required).
The second format is the same audio, but in the AAC format. This allows me to do a few great things like:
All this and the files are usually smaller! Read on to see how to get ’em . . .
I’m only going to make the new AAC files available through iTunes, and not on this site, since that’s where you’ll get the most out of them unless you have an iPod Photo or Nano (and with those you still need to go through iTunes). So here’s The Animation Podcast AAC page on iTunes. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see AAC on the end of the name.
Once you’re there, click the subscribe button and you’re all set. I haven’t gone back through all the old shows yet but I’ll get to converting them eventually. There are a few for now and the others should fall in to place as I make them.
After you’ve subscribed and downloaded a show, you can check out the new features by first playing the podcast. If you don’t see any artwork at this point, you need to show the artwork pane in iTunes. It’s this button in the lower left corner:
Once that is visible you can resize the pane by adjusting its right border. You can also click the images to open them in a larger window. Sometimes there will be a link in the artwork pane that you can click. See the image below for an example:
To jump around to different chapters in the show, look up at the top of iTunes for the chapter pull down icon. You can see it here at the right of the info window:
Bring it up to see all the chapters along with thumbnails for their artwork. Just pick one and you’ll be listening to it tout-de-suite.
I don’t have an iPod photo or Nano, so if anyone out there gets one of my shows on theirs, let me know if it works. Also, for now I’d suggest you stay subscribed to both feeds in iTunes until we’re sure everything is running nice and smooth. Enjoy!