Sunday, February 21, 2010

How Can I Be This Stupid??

Please, internetz people, help me.

I have an MP3 player that I really like.

I want podcasts.

I do NOT want to subscribe to iTunes. I think it's a big monopoly. Plus, a lot of their files are .AAC type, which isn't compatible with an MP3 player.

So, what are my options? Not to mention, how in the world do I get the damn podcast onto my MP3 player?

I swear, I'm not stupid. I have loaded tons of music to my MP3 player. I've even converted files of movies (taken by me on my video camera) and and pictures. But for some reason I can't figure out how to get podcasts.

Okay, talk to me like I'm a 6 year old.

**edited to add: Okay, are podcasts only for iPod users? Because, my MP3 Player has a specific folder for "PODCASTS" so I'm assuming it can take them. BTW my MP3 isn't a nothing junky MP3. It's a Sansa Fuze 4 gHz. So, it's got enough space to hold tv shows, movies, and songs. Now if someone could just explain to me how to GET the mf'ers onto that little box, it would be fan-flipping-tastic.***


Gigi said...

Ummm - am assuming by MP3 player you don't mean an iPod? Then I'm not so sure. You can subscribe to iTunes and not necessarily buy anything - I subscribe to a daily podcast via iTunes (it's free) and it downloads to my computer daily - no iPod involved. I suppose if I synched the iPod (or the MP3) it would then download? Sorry - not much help.

Grandma Susan said...

Go to They answer every tech question I have.

Jennifer said...

I have absolutely no idea.

Foursons said...


arlee bird said...

I don't have any of those things and I'm still trying to figure out the things I have. Technology is so cool, I just wish I could afford to have somebody tend to all these things for me and show me how to work the ones I don't know about. It's just all so time consuming.
Well at least I can tend to this blog stuff as long as my computer doesn't mess up. And I just pop the CD's on the player when I want to hear music. I really need to get a cartridge for my record player though, so I can listen to all the old records I still have laying around.

Lauren W said...

Yes, you absolutely can, but it's not quite as easy as with an iPod.
First, you'll want to locate the folder where iTunes saves your podcasts. Once you find it, check to see if they are in mp3 format. If they are, then you can simply load them as they are from that folder. If they're not, you'll have to get them in mp3 format. The easiest way to do this is to go to the website that creates the podcast to see if you can download the mp3 files strait from their website.
If you can't find them, you'll need to convert the files to mp3 with a simple file converter. Search for one. You just need something that converts from whatever iTunes uses (maybe ACC) to mp3.

Kristen said...

There are some podcasts that you can download directly from the podcast website. (ie, Manic I LOVE them...they are funny and real and I can relate to the craziness that they encounter.

Emily said...

Technology stuff is such a pain sometimes. I spend over an hour yesterday trying to sync up my freakin' Blackberry calendar!
That being said, I have no advice for you. I'm a total itunes junkie. ;(

Gigi said...

In the event you haven't worked it out yet - maybe this will help?

Sturgmom said...

Have you figured it out yet? iTunes is just a media player that helps keep all your stuff organized. You don't have to pay for it. Jason said he "thinks" you can download mp3s from iTunes into any mp3 player. I think that would be the easiest route.