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Old 07-22-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
Mike Franklin
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Downloading podcasts with Linux


Hi all
I'm new to the forum. I have an Asus EEC 7" laptop, running Linux and I want to download podcasts onto it but am unable to find a way. Podcasts appear to be downloading but either they are not, or I can't find them if they have. Is there any way of doing this?
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Mike Franklin
 
Old 07-22-2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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It is really difficult for us to know wether or where to your podcasts are downloaded if you don't tell anything about how you do it.
There is a lot of ways - from using your music-player to using the browser to using the command-line to using some proprietary software...
Or is the Asus EEC 7 a special case and has a specialized program installed for that task that I'm not aware of?
 
Old 07-22-2008, 04:09 PM   #3
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Sorry to show my ignorance but I am used to Windows with which I have downloaded many podcasts. The EEC 701 uses Xandros/ Linux and has its own special interface which is my problem. When I download a podcast it says it is saving it to the 'MPlayer plug in' but I can find no sign of this. There is a Music Player but I can find no sign of saved files in there. I can find no way to get 'into' the operating system! Does this make sense?
Thank you for your patience!
Mike
 
Old 07-23-2008, 03:24 AM   #4
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I makes a little sense, yes
The mentioned "MPlayer plug in" is a browser plug-in for the firefox (or mozilla) web-browser - allowing you to use online content such as embedded audio or video.

What I know about podcasts is: they can come in different formats. Some are just plain .mp3 or .ogg files (.m4a and .wma is also no problem with mplayer) which you can play straight away.
Then I have seen a lot of podcasts only readable/playable through some proprietary player-software because the content is scrambled. ("audible" was one of them I think - I dropped them straight away)

In any case - the purpose of a podcast is that you download it - to hear it whenever you want to.
So: opening it with mplayer-plug-in does not make sense - you will play it, but not save it.

There is always a way to make your browser download that links target instead of playing it back - look at the right-click-menu ...
Alternatively: post a link to the place which gives you trouble.
 
Old 07-23-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
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If I could get to grips with the convoluted filing system it would help. But I'm making progress.
Many thanks for your help
Cheers
Mike
 
Old 07-23-2008, 02:28 PM   #6
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If you are just a user - or just using your own system for whatever you do anyway - you need not worry about "the convoluted filing system".
All you need to take care of is your own home directory - because you cannot change or create anything anywhere else while logged on as a normal user (with the exeption of /tmp).

How you organize that - that is entirely up to you.

You may be just confused by the missing "My Documents" or "My Pictures" folders you know from windows? - just create them if you want to use them.
 
  


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