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Posted by Jeff (3417 posts) -

Hello! 
 
I'm writing this to serve as a semi-permenant resource for those of you who often say you're "waiting for the podcast to show up on iTunes." If you're one of those people, chances are you're DOING IT WRONG
 
After the podcast goes up, we update the RSS feed that points to our podcast immediately. Automatically, even! If you're subscribed to our podcast in iTunes, your computer hits our servers when you right-click on the podcast and select "update podcast" from the menu and IMMEDIATELY starts downloading the new installment. 
 
Do NOT go to the store page in the podcast directory, search for Giant Bombcast, and listen to it there. The feed on that page is current as of whenever Apple decided to look at our feed last, which isn't automatic and sometimes takes a day or more to update. Or, at least, don't do that if you're planning on staying up to date with what we're doing, because it's an awful way to do that. 
 
Troubleshooting: In some cases, your copy of our RSS feed might get cached by iTunes or your podcasting downloader of choice. Later versions of iTunes don't seem to have this problem, but if you "update podcast" and nothing new comes down (and you're sure that there's a new one out there that you don't have), you may need to quit the software and relaunch it. Failing that, maybe reboot? But I doubt that happens much anymore. Like I said, it hasn't happened to me in iTunes for at least a year. 
 
Thank you and good podcasting, GLHB, HAND, and all of that.

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#1 Posted by Jeff (3417 posts) -

Hello! 
 
I'm writing this to serve as a semi-permenant resource for those of you who often say you're "waiting for the podcast to show up on iTunes." If you're one of those people, chances are you're DOING IT WRONG
 
After the podcast goes up, we update the RSS feed that points to our podcast immediately. Automatically, even! If you're subscribed to our podcast in iTunes, your computer hits our servers when you right-click on the podcast and select "update podcast" from the menu and IMMEDIATELY starts downloading the new installment. 
 
Do NOT go to the store page in the podcast directory, search for Giant Bombcast, and listen to it there. The feed on that page is current as of whenever Apple decided to look at our feed last, which isn't automatic and sometimes takes a day or more to update. Or, at least, don't do that if you're planning on staying up to date with what we're doing, because it's an awful way to do that. 
 
Troubleshooting: In some cases, your copy of our RSS feed might get cached by iTunes or your podcasting downloader of choice. Later versions of iTunes don't seem to have this problem, but if you "update podcast" and nothing new comes down (and you're sure that there's a new one out there that you don't have), you may need to quit the software and relaunch it. Failing that, maybe reboot? But I doubt that happens much anymore. Like I said, it hasn't happened to me in iTunes for at least a year. 
 
Thank you and good podcasting, GLHB, HAND, and all of that.

Staff
#2 Edited by smitty86 (697 posts) -

people actually say this? the sec i see it posted on the site i just refresh my podcast subscription and bam! how very odd

#3 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

I never had problems.   
 
iTunes normally updates all my podcasts every other 15 minutes, so it gets downloaded automatically. 
 
Also the iTunes on my iPhone gets it at the same time too.  I tried it on the Train Stations when I waited for trains on Tuesday Evening.  >.>

#4 Posted by shadyspace (457 posts) -

Either stream it from the Bombcast page or direct download it and throw it on my mp3 player. iTunes is for jerks.

#5 Posted by MisterMouse (3540 posts) -

GLHB

#6 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Thanks for the update Jeff.  Your Ql on MoH was interesting.  I think it's sad that EA didn't make it the great game it shoudl've been.  Seems like they left it out to die. :/

#7 Posted by heatDrive88 (2268 posts) -

 What's HAND stand for? No current meme is coming to mind.

#8 Posted by buzz_clik (6914 posts) -
@heatDrive88 said:
"  What's HAND stand for? No current meme is coming to mind. "
CLICKETY CLICK.
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#9 Posted by Daveyo520 (6652 posts) -

Here here!

#10 Edited by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

DoubleTwist already had it before I got home, no problems here!

#11 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -

Why would somebody complain about it not being on iTunes when they can just snag it from the site?

#12 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -
@Alex_Murphy said:
" Why would somebody complain about it not being on iTunes when they can just snag it from the site? "
That's awfully inefficient if you're used to it being directly downloaded on your iPod through iTunes.
#13 Edited by artofwar420 (6251 posts) -

Yep, I pushed update and it's downloading now. Also, there's a chance that some people are weird.

#14 Posted by Baillie (4038 posts) -
@Jeff: Good going. This was supposed to be a members only perk! 
#15 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -
@TroyMcClure: just right click download?
#16 Posted by megaplushie (202 posts) -

Hey, I'm waiting for the new Bombcast to appear in iTunes. :P
 
Oh wait, I don't even use iTunes anymore. *glares at his Android phone*

#17 Posted by adoggz (2042 posts) -

gg wp
 
go tested

#18 Posted by DeanoXD (608 posts) -

i have already listen to 1 1/2 of the bombcast on itunes  
#19 Posted by shadyspace (457 posts) -
@TroyMcClure: Right-click "download mp3". Click "save link as".
#20 Posted by Jeff (3417 posts) -
@TroyMcClure said:
" @Dany:  That also doesn't seem to work.  It just seems strange to me that the "Download MP3" button only links to a stream in Firefox.  I don't know.  "
That has to do with how your browser is configured. You should be able to right-click on the file and download it, but setting up MP3 files to download instead of play from the browser should be a setting in there somewhere. 
 
Alternately, get a plug-in that I believe is called Download Helper. It's primarily there for downloading YouTube videos, but if you hit it on that MP3 player page, it should see the MP3 file and let you grab it that way.
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#21 Posted by TroyMcClure (10 posts) -

Ha! Well, thanks for the help all, much appreciated.  I'm surprised I couldn't figure that out on my own, but I was able to figure that part out in multiple ways due to your suggestions.  It must be a Firefox setting since I was able to click the button before and have the download manager come up.  It might have something to do with only recently getting Windows 7.  Thanks again.

#22 Posted by TechnicallyProficient (100 posts) -

Don't think there's an easy workaround for getting it straight on the iPhone, though. Can't subscribe to a podcast via the mobile iTunes so I usually end up waiting for it to show in the store so I can download it straight up.

#23 Posted by Tebbit (4449 posts) -

iTunes is for chumps, listening to podcasts on the crappy PSP RSS reader is where it's at!

#24 Posted by TechnicallyProficient (100 posts) -
@Tebbit said:
" iTunes is for chumps, listening to podcasts on the crappy PSP RSS reader is where it's at! "
I was totally guilty of that back in the days of listening to The HotSpot and using a PSP. Eventually the feed list just got way too long.
#25 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -
@TroyMcClure: Right click the download MP3 link and click save link as, then save it. 
#26 Edited by the_purgatory_station (408 posts) -

LIMA CHARLIE (thx jeff another 1 to add to my joke bag:)) 
GLHB 
 
not familiar w/ your HAND 
 
edit: subscribed long time ago. just polluting your blog
#27 Posted by beanj007 (30 posts) -

It updates immediately in the iTunes app, I think people may be saying that it doesn't show up on iTunes from their iPhone directly.  (Open iPod > Podcasts > Bombcast and select "Get more episodes", or opening the iTunes on the phone itself, and searching for Bombcast.)  This seems to not update for sometimes 24 hours after it's available on iTunes on the desktop.  Doubt that's anything on your end, prolly an Apple caching/polling thing, but, just FYI that is happening for those of us forgetting to plug our iPhones into our PCs on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

#28 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -

Thanks Jeff! I had no idea I could do that. I would always just download it and it would wind up under Giant Bomb as an artist and not in my podcast section. Thanks again.

#29 Posted by shodan2020 (659 posts) -

Itunes works fine for me. It always seems to update at around 8pm on Tuesday, so I can always count on listening to it on Wednesday.

#30 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6986 posts) -

Who would even do that?

#31 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

It's just one more reason why iTunes sucks. I often dream of the day when my iPhone can finally be liberated from that POS.... A day that will, sadly, never come.

#32 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

It took about 20 hours for this weeks podcast to appear on iTunes. No idea why, as a lot of other podcasts have near instantaneous updates. This seems like something you guys could work out with Apple.

#33 Posted by Davvyk (693 posts) -

Podcaster on iPhone is my weapon of choice. Computerless wifi downloading of podcasts every morning. Grrrrreat!

#34 Posted by DeadDorf (388 posts) -

How do I get it on my iPhone without connecting to a computer, though? Is there a way to manually update the iPhone version of iTunes like you describe?

#35 Posted by Puffy_Scraggler (4 posts) -

Been sitting here all day waiting for itunes to update it and then i tried what Jeff said and it works.
Damn those snails at the apple factory.

#36 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

That's great, but there is no way to download it directly to my iPhone, which means I can't listen to it on the train if iTunes hasn't updated yet.

Also, can't Giantbomb just ask Apple to update their feeds more? The screened podcast goes up instantly... I'm just sayin'..

#37 Posted by Ramone (2959 posts) -

I can update directly from my Walkman but today BTSD and the bombcast wouldn't download. I guess there's something wrong with the RSS.

#38 Posted by jehrco (33 posts) -

Yeah I have had this problem in the past.  I can't always get to my PC to sync my iPhone and it doesn't always show up on the iTunes listing inside the iPhone.  I just end up waiting the extra day usually but it never takes more then sometime on Wednesday noonish.

#39 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

my zune software automatically downloads it on time. fuck itunes. 

#40 Edited by Fattony12000 (7043 posts) -

I go to this website called giantbomb.com, I can usually find downloadable audio logs there.

#41 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2484 posts) -

If I update in iTunes, it comes up right away, usually takes anywhere from 12-24 hours to show up in iTunes on my phone tho.  Not a huge deal, but Weekend Confirmed and The Shaft show up immediately on iTunes for me within 5 minutes of them posting their new episodes on their site.
 
I always wonder about this, but like I said, it's not a huge deal as long as iTunes on my PC is working properly (about 50/50)

#42 Edited by MonetaryDread (1992 posts) -
@Krakn3Dfx said:

" If I update in iTunes, it comes up right away, usually takes anywhere from 12-24 hours to show up in iTunes on my phone tho.  Not a huge deal, but Weekend Confirmed and The Shaft show up immediately on iTunes for me within 5 minutes of them posting their new episodes on their site.  I always wonder about this, but like I said, it's not a huge deal as long as iTunes on my PC is working properly (about 50/50) "

 I have the problem all the time. I almost never actually hook my ipod up to my computer and the last thing I do is use itunes to manage my podcasts. It is all downloaded straight from the iTunes section on my ipod. At least i am not the only one who notices how late it appears in relation to every other major podcast out there.
#43 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

The fact of the matter is that this actually needs to be said, and that TOTALLY ASTOUNDS ME. What kind of mouth-breathing retard uses the iTunes store to listen to podcasts rather than simply subscribing through iTunes? The answer? Way more people than you would have ever imagined, which defies all explainable logic.

#45 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -
@charlesdivin said:
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Hmm..I concur 
#46 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

Oh man... I'm using the public wifi in the airport before by 6-hour flight to NYC....

But the final GotY podcast isn't in iTunes yet!

Woe...

#47 Posted by KarmaPolice (45 posts) -

Thanks

#48 Edited by Illyr (77 posts) -

Anyone else having issues with downloading the newest episode on their Iphone through the Itunes store? The episode downloads to 100%, but the processing step trips a error. I thought it might be a problem with the newest episode, but even older episodes have the same issue. I do have drive space and other podcasts (Smodcast, etc) download just fine.   
 
BTW NDX downloads just fine. It seems to just be a problem with the bombcast.

#49 Posted by cooljammer00 (1542 posts) -

I usually download podcasts through my IPod Touch but the ITunes store never updates properly, it seems.

#50 Edited by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

Instacast took 2 days to update the latest podcast and it uses the RSS feed directly... Happened last week as well. Did you guys change something recently?