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Graham
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« on: August 08, 2006, 02:03:35 PM »

Here's a neat piece of software for Pocket PC.

"Pocket Podcasts" is an open source podcasting client for Windows Mobile devices (Pocket PC or Smartphone) that supports:

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Highlights

- Podcast RSS Reading - Download over WiFi, etc.
- Video and Audio Podcast Support
- 'Pretty' Podcast Details: HTML Episode Detail View
- Desktop Component for When You're At Home
- Open Source, Community Supported

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According to the Pocket Podcasts website:

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In about one year, podcasts have transformed from a virtually unknown type of media to a common, widely used method of listening to radio and TV broadcasts. Podcasts can be played on mobile devices, but software to support this needs improvement. In particular, existing podcast software for Windows Mobile-based devices is extremely limited.

 Pocket Podcasts solves this problem, bringing a complete podcast client to Windows Mobile devices. Pocket Podcasts enables you to search, subscribe, and play back podcasts, all from your Pocket PC or Smartphone.

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Interestingly, Wes, the developer, describes his creation as something that means he no longer needs an iPod:

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Now you can turn a Pocket PC into a wireless-enabled "Video iPod" with excellent podcast support. As proof of concept, I've been regularly watching DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and other video podcasts on my Pocket PC. There is one caveat: video playback can be sluggish with the wrong format. As long as I get the Divx or Mpeg4 versions, though, playback is smooth and crisp, even in "big screen" landscape mode.

Overall, the experience has been great. Despite owning an iPod, I rarely use it anymore. I originally had doubts when I bought my Pocket PC. Now that I think of it as a WiFi iPod that can do Skype, web, games, etc., it's quickly turned out to be a worthwhile purchase.

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More info at:

http://pocketpodcasts.sourceforge.net/
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006, 08:16:43 AM »

Is there yet equivalent software for the Palm T3 ?
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2006, 11:38:19 AM »

For the Palm T3 in the "not free but not very expensive" category are:

Quicknews. There's a free trial version on the site. If you try it please let us know how you get on  Smiley

If you use iTunes on a PC or Mac to collect podcasts the Missing Sync from Mark/Space can be used to sync them on to your T3

Podcasts can be also be listened to using Pocket Tunes

Also Pocket Podcasts is an open source project so it may be possible that somebody is working on a version for Palm. I'd recommend contacting the developer direct.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2006, 02:49:30 PM »

Graham, Thanks for that.  I use the T3 to play audio podcasts (similar list to those in your screen clip ! Plus New Scientist's weekly podcast), but wondered about the videocast (vidicast ?)
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