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iPod podcast sorting (2) Wed, Mar 30, 2011
My iPod sorts podcasts in reverse chronological order, i.e. newest ones first.  This is a dumb system in my opinion, since many of the podcasts I listen to are news shows and other date-sensitive stuff that only makes sense when listened to chronologically.  But oh well.  There's no way to change this, so I'll move on to the next problem:  Changing the sort order of podcasts added from external sources (i.e. not iTunes).  I have several spoken word mp3s that I like to consider to be podcasts (one of which is an audio version of the Bible), but they weren't added through iTunes; they were ripped from CDs or downloaded from various websites.  When these mp3s were added to iTunes and classified as podcasts, they were sorted in some unintuitive, undocumented way.  And no, it's not based on file name, track number, date added or anything else.  After some digging, I found that it actually all depends on an iTunes-specific mp3 tag called "RELEASETIME".  The way to utilize this is to get a program like Mp3tag that can edit "Extended Tags," add the RELEASETIME tag in the form of "2000-01-01T12:00:00Z," and go from there.  For a chronological list of mp3s, change any part of the date (I changed the seconds) so that each successive mp3 has a chronologically different date.  But remember that since iPods sort the way they do, you should use the earliest date for the last file in the list, and go up the list from there.  Finally, in iTunes, right-click on each file you just modified and select "Get Info" so that iTunes realizes the file was changed. #technology

Comments:
Dana Thu, Mar 31, 2011
So what podcasts do you listen to?  Just curious -- I'd love to actually use that feature with my iPod, but the most I've found to listen to is books.  My hubby (to avoid confusion, I'll call him that) listens to AstronomyCast . . . you may like that one?

Dave Thu, Mar 31, 2011
I listen to NPR's Story of the Day, On the Media, This American Life, and the Onion, among others.  I probably wouldn't like AstonomyCast because I'm not into astronomy, but thanks for the idea.  I tried a few science-y things a while ago, but they tend to lose my interest after a few minutes.


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