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Banshee media player for Windows goes alpha

Banshee has been one of the top Linux media players for ages, and now the venerable audio and video app has officially made its way to Windows. The first alpha release of Banshee for Windows is now available for download, and it's exactly what you would expect: it's very true to the Linux experience, and it's got a few kinks which still need working out before it's ready for prime time on...

BuzzVoice lets you listen to your favorite blogs on your computer, iPhone or Android device

BuzzVoice is a cool service/app that reads news stories and blog posts to you. It works on any computer, iPhone, or Android smartphone. BuzzVoice has a database of over 1,600 sources, which includes the biggest news sites and the most well-known blogs. As they like to say, it's like "Pandora for news." The easiest way to think about BuzzVoice is something along the lines of instant podcasts from...

iTunes Sleep Timer stops iTunes from playing all night

Falling asleep to music, podcasts, audio books, or online radio can be very pleasant, but what's not so pleasant is waking up in the middle of the night with audio still playing. If you fall asleep listening to iTunes on your Mac, Lifehacker suggests checking out an AppleScript called iTunes Sleep Timer that will automatically stop playback in iTunes after a pre-set amount of time. Don't worry if...

BBC World Service offers free podcast documentaries

At first, the idea of "podcast documentaries" seemed a bit odd to me. It's a documentary to which you listen; there are no images. BBC Documentaries offers quite a few documentaries in this format, for free. Once I started listening to one, I realized why it can actually be a viable medium. I listened to some of the documentary shown above, about Wedge Island, in which they refer to the...

Levelator 2.0 automagically makes your podcast sound better

If you're a podcaster, an interviewer, or anyone who works with spoken-word audio files, The Levelator is a must-download. This cross-platform app automatically evens out the levels of different voices in your audio files, making your recordings a lot more listenable. The Levelator is especially important when you've got people calling in via Skype or old-school telephone, but it also comes in...

PodShifter speeds up spoken-word podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and my queue of things to listen seems to be growing constantly; I can never catch up. What's frustrating about this is that most people talk too slowly on podcasts. To be fair, they are speaking at a reasonable conversational pace, but when you are simply listening to a conversation rather than taking part in it, you can take it all in at a much faster pace. While...

Phone.io: free conference calls, voicemail and podcasting from Drop.io

Phony-o? It sounds like an April Fools' Day joke, but it's not. The drop.io team is actually releasing new services at an amazing rate, and the latest is a conference calling, voicemail recording, podcast ready app called Phone.io. It works like any other Drop.io drop, in that you can set it up in a couple of clicks by just naming it and giving it a password. Your phone.io drop has phone numbers...

Review: Coding in Objective-C 2.0 screencasts

Last month Grant, Christina and I checked out a couple of screencasts from Pragmatic Programmers' Bill Dudney. Specifically, we watched "Coding in Objective-C 2.0." We took a look at part one mostly, which is an introduction to the Objective-C syntax and structure, culminating in a basic application. Part two covers memory management in depth. Since then they've added a part 3 on debugging, and...

Pantscast: a better breed of iPhone fart app

Much has been made of the amazing number of fart noise apps in the iTunes App Store. Sure, they can be amusing, but if you've heard one iPhone fart, you've heard them all. Or have you? Pantscast is a much more refined fart machine that injects flatulent sound effects into any podcast you choose, automatically timed for maximum hilarity. Pantscast comes preloaded with some podcasts that could use...

HuffDuffer: like the Tumblr of podcasting

Making a podcast can be a pain in the butt. Most of them are distributed via RSS or Atom, to make it as easy as possible for listeners to get new episodes. What if you want to save a bunch of audio as a podcast, but lack the technical expertise or the patience to make an RSS feed for it? Or what if you know how, but you just don't want to bother? Well, that's why there's Huffduffer. Huffduffer...

Download Squad Talkcast tonight, we're talking Chrome

If you hate Chrome like that fish from "Family Guy" hates guys in blue suits you won't want to join us on our premiere Download Squad Talkcast tonight at 9 pm Eastern (or 1 am GMT, 6 pm Pacific). We'll be talking Chrome, Google and browsers a-plenty. We'll be using the Talkshoe client, which means you can either log in to their website, use their Java app or simply call in at (724) 444-7444 and...

Keep up with election coverage via podcast - Download Pod

If you're as busy as rest of us, you may not have time to catch all the latest presidential election details on the evening news. Fortunately, you can still keep up by listening to a few really excellent podcasts while you're commuting or working out. [Note: All links open in iTunes.] Listen to selected speeches from the Democratic National Convention in a podcast series put together by the DNC....

Five free ways to grow your most important organ

Here's a question for all our elderly readers: Do any of you remember the primitive era affectionately called 1995, and hearing your college professors speak hopefully (or possibly lament) that soon all the information and media ever created would be up on this web thing and easily accessible and available free of charge? Do you remember how many people went out and bought those state of the art...

Flipping the Linux switch: Banshee learns to sing

We've always been fond of Amarok. It has some good features, nice add-ons, and felt just a little friendlier than some other Linux media players. We recently discovered a contender to the title of most loved Linux media player, the ominously named Banshee. Fortunately, Banshee doesn't involve listening to shrieking demons, unless that's your genre of choice. It's an application that has been...

BlogAmp - podcasting made easy?

BlogAmp is a service that generates embeddable podcasts for your blog. BlogAmp calls them audiocasts, to include both streaming and downloadable 'casts, but we'll stick with "podcasts." Those were streaming too, last we heard. BlogAmp basically handles the generation of your podcast from start to finish: uploading, creating an embedded player, and creating an RSS feed. BlogAmp's business model...