Podcasting

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Overview

Podcasts are Audio/Video files that are published periodically and can be subscribed to. MediaMonkey 3.x allows you to easily subscribe to Audio Podcasts, using any of the methods described below..

  1. Expand the Podcast node and Browse or search one of the Directories for a Podcast of interest. Double-click on the Podcast to subscribe.
  2. If you've found a Podcast on the web, do one of the following:
    1. Copy the feed's URL, right-click on the Podcast node and click 'Subscribe to new Podcast'. Paste the Podcast URL into the subscription dialog.
    2. Open the associated .pcast file with your browser, which will cause MediaMonkey subscribe dialog to open up.
    3. Open the feed's URL (in Firefox only), and when prompted, choose MediaMonkey to open the file. This will cause the subscription dialog to open up.
  3. Choose subscription rules for the Podcast (or for all Podcasts) to define how episodes should be downloaded, and when they should be removed.

The Podcast episodes will begin to download, turning from grey to black once they're downloaded. MediaMonkey will periodically check for updates and automatically download new episodes (you can also manually trigger an update of all subscribed podcasts by right-clicking on the Podcast node).

To play the podcast, you can double-click the relevant Tracks in either the Podcast node, or in the Library.

See the Podcast FAQ for answers to some frequently asked questions.

This article is current as of MediaMonkey 3.0.3.1164(**Update in process for 3.1**).

Getting Started

Using podcast support in MediaMonkey requires thinking about:

  1. Where to store podcast episodes
  2. How frequently to update podcasts and download new episodes
  3. When to automatically delete downloaded episodes
  4. Importing existing podcast subscriptions or episodes if moving from another Podcatch client such as iTunes or Juice

These Podcast Options should be reviewed before subscribing to a podcast in MediaMonkey. The defaults set in Podcast Options can be over-ridden in the "Add Subscription" and "Edit Subscription" dialogs for individual podcast subscriptions.

See How to migrate Podcasts into MediaMonkey if you are migrating.

Database

The MediaMonkey Database tables contain 3 tables which are specific to Podcasts. Other tables, in particular Songs, are used to handle data common to podcast tracks and any other audio track.

Podcasts table
PodcastDirs table
PodcastEpisodes table

The information contained in the Podcast Episode Tags, in particular the Genre, Album, and Title tags, should also be considered part of the database schema.

Sample values are based on the Podcast Sample Feed

Podcast Directories

MediaMonkey supports browsing OPML directories. These directories may be located remotely or locally. The directories are cached when first read, and may need to be periodically refreshed. A new directory can be added by Edit -> Podcasts -> Add directory(OPML).

New in 3.1, you can also export Subscriptions to OPML using Tools->Scripts->Export All Podcasts...