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iTunes hates me

Which I guess I can't complain too much about, since I hated it first. *shrug* It's been several years since I uninstalled it from my previous computer, mostly for reasons of resource-hogging, so I figured I'd have better luck with the current version and a much more current PC.

Mostly I have, but it still isn't letting me submit my podcast to the damn store. I keep getting an error message that it's having "difficulty" downloading my media. :-P The forum discussions I'm finding would indicate that this isn't an uncommon problem for FeedBurner users, which is really annoying since their SmartCast utility -- which ostensibly serves the purpose of making sure all your metadata is iTunes-compliant -- is one of the reasons to use FeedBurner in the first place. I'm sure it all boils down to Apple and Google not playing any nicer together than Google and Facebook, which, *eyeroll*.

Anyhoo, now that I have caved and installed iTunes again (since it turns out the be the only avenue for actually submitting a podcast to the Store), I tried using the "Subscribe with iTunes" button on the feed page (which is where you go if you click on the feed button at the side of the blog, or on "subscribe" underneath the Internet Archive embed in each post), and both episodes are now showing up in my iTunes library in the Podcasts tab. Whether that means it will now properly auto-update from the feed when the next episode is added I don't know, but I guess I'll find out then. If it doesn't, then they have a funny definition of "subscribe."

In the meantime, I'll keep trying to submit it to the Store. Since that's what a significant chunk of the planet uses to find podcasts in the first place, it'd be awfully nice if I could get past an error message insisting it "had difficulty downloading episodes from your feed." :-P


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Jul. 23rd, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I just clicked Refresh in iTunes, i.e. "Download any new episode for any podcast to which I am subscribed," and your Episode 2 is downloading from iTunes even as I type this.
Jul. 23rd, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad to have confirmation of that working, anyway. There was a problem with the feed (which boiled down to an https where there should have been an http) when I first posted the episode last week, but that was fixed this morning.
Jul. 23rd, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to listening to your second podcast episode as soon as a Certain Event is over! :-)
Jul. 23rd, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's the nice thing about podcasts: No particular broadcast time. They're there when you want them. (Unless they're not, but that limited-time-only business is pretty much just the province of radio programs going slumming. *g*)

And I hope all goes swimmingly with the Certain Event!
Jul. 23rd, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
You have a podcast! This is so exciting! I need to pay more attention to things!
Jul. 23rd, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Well, since this is only the second episode, and it remains to be seen whether I can do better than bimonthly, it was pretty easy to miss. :-)

But now you know!
Aug. 11th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
I finally had an hour of brain bandwidth to listen to the podcast. Y'all had me at "angst-free". (Oh, you are so surprised.)

The discussion of the cheerleaders being the new punk culture has me thinking about punk ragtime, and it's all your fault.

Now off to track down and bookmark Emma's website...

[Edited to add] I love Helena specifically because the first production I ever saw of A Midsummer Night's Dream was the 1968 movie in which Diana Rigg is Helena.

Edited at 2013-08-11 11:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
I will happily take the blame for that. The idea of punk ragtime has been making me absurdly happy for weeks. :-)

I haven't seen that Midsummer. Perchance I shall have to track it down.
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
More about the podcast: The discussion about distancing yourself from the character when you're acting was fascinating, and it made me think of Slings and Arrows (in which I think various people maybe weren't so good at it, eh?).

Here's the IMDB page for that Midsummer movie, 1968, directed by Peter Hall. It's available through Amazon. Other actors in the movie are a very young Helen Mirren as Hermia, Ian Holm as Puck, David Warner as Lysander, Ian Richardson as Oberon, and Judi Dench as Titania (in green body paint and a few strategically placed leaves). It's a rather odd production, very stylized and a bit stilted in spots, but well worth seeing (I mean -- that cast!). It was the second Shakespeare production I ever saw, after Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet; between them they gave me my lifelong passion for Shakespeare.
Aug. 13th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
It can happen to the best of us. It really is all about the support structure, I think, and part of the point of S&A is that the core of Geoffrey's support structure ended up being where the catastrophic stress came from.
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