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January 22 2010

Hype Machine Podcast mania

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Ok, let’s start at the beginning. I love music, I really do. And I love fresh music and to discover new artists.

As for many other things, the web is a perfect place for music discovery. There are lots of cool folks out there who put together blogs with reviews, infos and mp3’s.

The Hype Machine simply aggregates all that stuff. From their about page:

To put it simply, the Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We handpick a set of kickass music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery.

So before the Hype Machine, I subscribed the relevant blogs with my preferred feed reader, saved the audio file to my disk, created a new playlist in iTunes and synced them with my iPhone, just to get them on the go.

With the Hype Machine I can follow specific blogs and can listen to all of them from the dashboard.

The deficit: It only works online on their site.

So I took the feeds they offer, applied a little Pipes-Magic and got a Podcast feed with embedded audio files:

Hype Machine Podcast creator

The input can be any Hype Machine RSS feed. The generated URL (e.g. this one) has to be imported in iTunes via the “Subscribe to Podcast” button. From now on iTunes will download all you favourite mp3’s from the blogs directly to your disk and if you want to, you could sync them with your iPod/iPhone.

Nice, isn’t it?

Don't be the product, buy the product!

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