Podcasts

Miro allows you to subscribe to audio and video podcasts. This chapter covers what podcasts are, how to subscribe to them and how to manage them in Miro.

What is a podcast?

There are many podcasts out there on the Internet. A podcast is some episodic show that’s syndicated on the Internet. Podcasts are often episodic in the sense that new episodes of the podcast come out on a periodic basis.

Podcast clients are applications that download podcast feeds periodically and notify you when there are new episodes.

A feed is a text-based document that’s formatted using a markup like RSS or Atom. The markup makes it easy for a computer program to parse information about the feed: feed title, description, thumbnail, author, the items in the feed, thumbnails for items, etc.

A podcast feed is a special kind of feed that has enclosures in it which link to media files and provide metadata about those files like mimetype, size, and duration.

A simple feed might look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0">

<channel>
    <title>Simple Podcast</title>
    <link>http://www.example.com/simple.rss</link>
    <description>This is a simple podcast feed</description>
    <pubDate>Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:36:27 +0000</pubDate>
    <image>
        <link>http://example.com/</link>
        <url>http://example.com/thumbnail.jpg</url>
        <title>Simple Podcast</title>
    </image>

    <item>
        <title>First item</title>
        <link>http://example.com/podcast/item1/</link>
        <pubDate>Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:00:36 +0000</pubDate>
        <description><![CDATA[
            This is the first item in this podcast!
        ]]></description>

        <enclosure url="http://example.com/item1.ogv"
            length="107467393" type="video/ogv" />

    </item>
    <item>
        ...
    </item>
    ...
</channel>
</rss>

Podcast websites link to their feeds and the links are usually indicated by words like:

  • Feed
  • Podcast
  • RSS
  • RSS Feed
  • XML
  • Atom
  • Subscribe here
  • Subscribe with Miro
  • Add to Miro
  • ...

Miro is a podcast client. You subscribe to podcasts that you’re interested in. Miro will automatically download and parse the feeds you’re subscribed to looking for new podcast episodes.

Subscribing to a podcast

Miro allows you to subscribe to podcasts. There are a few different ways to do this.

Subscribing to a podcast through the Miro Guide

When browsing the Miro Guide in Miro, you can subscribe to a feed by clicking on a “ADD FEED TO YOUR SIDEBAR” button:

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Subscribing to a podcast through websites

Some websites have a “Miro” link or a “subscribe with Miro” link that when clicked on will subscribe the feed in Miro. Here are a bunch of examples:

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Subscribing to a podcast by entering in the url

Many podcasts have a website and on the website is a url for the feed for that podcast.

  1. In Miro, select the Sidebar -> Add Podcast menu item. This brings up the Add Podcast dialog.
  2. Paste or type the url for the podcast into this dialog.
  3. Click on the Create Podcast button. That will create the podcast and you’ll see the podcast show up in the sidebar in the Podcasts section.

Removing a podcast

To remove a podcast:

  1. Select the podcast in the sidebar.
  2. Select the Sidebar -> Remove Podcast menu item. This brings up the Remove Podcast dialog.
  3. Click on the Remove button.

If you want to delete more than one podcast at the same time:

  1. Select all the podcasts you want to delete in the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Remove Podcasts button in the main view.

When deleting a podcast or several podcasts a confirmation dialog is displayed. If you have downloads in progress, you are warned that the downloads will be cancelled. If you have already downloaded items from these podcasts, you will have the option to keep or delete the downloaded items.

Renaming a podcast

To rename a podcast:

  1. Select the podcast in the sidebar.
  2. Select the Sidebar -> Rename Podcast menu item. This brings up the Rename Podcast dialog.
  3. Type the new name of the podcast and then click on the Rename button.

Finding items in a podcast

Some podcasts are really big and have hundreds of items in them and it’s hard to find the item you’re looking for. You can search for items within a podcast. This is covered in Searching podcasts for specific items.

Organizing podcasts into folders

If you have a group of podcasts with similar content, you may choose to organize them into a podcast folder. This will allow you to view the new or downloaded items in the same view. Podcast folders can be closed or expanded in the sidebar view.

To create a new podcast folder:

  1. Select the Sidebar -> New Folder menu item. This brings up the Create Podcast Folder dialog.

  2. Enter the name of the new folder.

  3. Click the Create Folder button

    The folder is added to the sidebar, you can now drag and drop podcasts into the folder.

You can also select the podcasts and put them in a folder:

  1. Use Shift-click or Ctrl-click to select the podcasts that you would like to group in a folder.

  2. The main view will display the number of podcasts selected with the Delete and Put Into a New Folder buttons.

  3. Click the Put Into a New Folder button

  4. Enter the name of the new folder.

  5. Click the Create Folder button.

    The folder is added to the sidebar with the selected podcasts in it.

Sharing a podcast with others

If you have found a podcast you really like, you can share it with other people. Miro allows feed sharing through email, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Stumble upon and delicious.

To share a podcast:

  1. Select the podcast in the sidebar that you want to share.

  2. Choose Sidebar -> Share with a Friend menu item.

    This will open up a Miro Guide page in your web-browser.

  3. Choose your desired way to share and fill in the requested information.

Changing automatic download setting

Periodically, Miro checks the podcast to see if there are new items. The Auto Download setting tells Miro what to do when it sees new items in the podcast. There are three possible values:

  • New: When a podcast is added, the most recent item will begin to download. After that when the podcast updates, new items will also be automatically downloaded by Miro.
  • All: All items in the podcast will be queued for download starting with the most recent.
  • Off: Items will not be automatically downloaded.

Note

New and All are limited by the Pause Auto-Downloading when this many items are unplayed setting in the Podcast Settings dialog. This is discussed in Podcast settings.

To change Auto Download setting:

  1. Select the podcast in the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Auto-Download toggle button in the footer of the main view.

Configuring podcast settings

Configuring podcast settings is covered in Podcast settings.