Dropcaster: create Dropbox podcasts

dropbox_compIf you are not familiar with it, a podcast is a digital medium that consists of an episodic series of audio, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed on-line to a computer or mobile device (from Wikipedia). Most applications for creating podcasts deploy a server on your system. However, Dropcaster allows you to use your Dropbox storage to create a podcast series. It can also work with any other hoster.

Dropcaster generates a public feed for your mp3 podcasts. The feed can be played by podcatchers like iTunes or Juice. It is also flexible enough to let you modify your tracks or episodes later.

Installation

To install Dropcaster, run:

$ gem install dropcaster

Usage

Steps to create a podcast:

  1. Add some mp3 files in a public directory in Dropbox.
  2. Create a channel file inYAML format. Sample:
    :title: 'All About Everything'
    :subtitle: 'A show about everything'
    :url: 'http://www.example.com/podcasts/everything/index.html'

    Store the file as channel.yml in the same directory.

  3. Run the Dropcaster script to generate the feed as an RSS file.
    $ dropcaster > index.rss
  4. Use the public link to the index.rss file as the URL for you podcast.
  5. In case you want to add,delete,modify, replace, update your mp3 episodes, remember to run the following command to regenerate the RSS feed:
    $ dropcaster > index.rss

On GitHub: Dropcaster

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