First of all, I have to say I’m back! Hopefully my future posts will be a lot more technical than this one.
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This has been a personal bug bear of mine for a while. I use my Zune in certain ways and it’s not really catered for my needs very well; until now that is!
The functions I most use on the Zune are playlists, shuffle (for songs) and podcasts. They all work really well, but I’m always stuck with a dilemma. Often I download classes and other audio material from the Internet that do not come in the form of podcasts. Usually when I copy those to the Zune they end up in the music section, and then as I operate the song shuffle mode a “tune” will start playing that is actually some news report or class!
I wanted a way to access those on demand without having them mixed up in my music library. My favourite time is work around time :)
Obviously I could take the files on host them on an Intranet site and create podcasts for each category of file, but that seemed like too much work for such a simple thing. This method is much simpler, but not as pretty.
Fortunately the solution was pretty simple in this instance. I learned from hunting around on the web that all that is necessary is to change a simple property on each file and set the “genre” to podcast.
After a bit of tinkering it all worked out well, but there are some gotchas to be aware of.
It works brilliantly. I still need to figure out how to get the sort order of the files correct under each podcast, and also how to apply a logo to the podcast.
The sort order is based on the file creation timestamp.
I thought so, but hadn't tried it. Manually setting the time for each file seemed tedious, but if that's it then I'll have too :)
I did try setting the track number but that didn't help.
This is a good tip if you are manually downloading Podcasts. Loud Sigh : Making Audio a Podcast on the