Make listening to your podcasts in iTunes even easier

I follow a lot of podcasts. They make for great background while I work and by following podcasts like TWiT and Buzz Out Loud I can easily keep up with what’s going on in the world of tech.

To make listening to my podcasts even easier I made a Smart Playlist in iTunes to consolidate my unplayed podcasts. Here’s what I did:

  1. In iTunes, select “New Smart Playlist…” from the File menu
  2. In the Smart Playlist rules create a rule for “Podcast is true”
  3. Add a rule by clicking on the + next to the first rule
  4. Set the second rule to “Play Count is 0”
  5. You can add more rules if you like, or just click OK and name the playlist

Smart Playlist setup

This Smart Playlist has a couple advantages when playing podcasts. First, podcasts will play continuously, so when one podcast ends, the next one will begin. Second, podcasts will not drop off this list until you have played them to the end. This is better than the “is new” indicator in the Podcasts list which disappears as soon as you start playing a podcast.

Update: As an added advantage if you are sorting by item number you can drag and drop your podcasts to change their play order.

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Security Wire Weekly Podcast Interview

Security Wire WeeklyEarlier this week I was invited to join Bill Brenner, a Senior News Writer at SearchSecurity.com to discuss Oracle security and the new CPU bulletin on the Security Wire Weekly podcast.

It is a fairly short interview, but if you want to hear some of my opinions on the current state of Oracle security, check it out.

You can also check out the list of all the Information Security podcasts from SearchSecurity.com.

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This Week in Tech Podcast – Feed your Inner Geek!

TWiTThere are a lot of dry monotone technology podcasts out there, but Leo Laporte’s TWiT podcast isn’t one of them. Every week Laporte brings together a cast of industry leaders to discuss exciting technology topics ranging from the latest offerings from Microsoft to what’s new on RFID hacking.

Laporte, along with regulars Patrick Norton and John C. Dvorak are joined by other technology professionals for this roundtable discussion. Together they run through a dozen or so top technology each week. Typically these podcasts are a bit over an hour, but if you have a long drive like I do, it’s an hour well spent.

If you work in or are studying technology, especially information technology, you should check out the TWIT podcast. Get the MP3 or AAC version on iTunes!

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More Acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts

A couple months ago I wrote about podcasts I listen to and mentioned that I’d post more as I found them. Well now I’ve got some catching up to do, so here’s the new acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts.

Celtic Folk Podcast is a great Celtic and traditional podcast by Al Mann. Though they have been a little infrequent this summer Al plays a great selection of music. Subscribe via iTunes

The Cleveland Celtic Podcast plays a bit more contemporary selection of Celtic music. Wendy Donahue plays some great Celtic rock and other contemporary selections in the Celtic genre. Subscribe via iTunes

Marc Gunn’s Pub Songs Podcast comes from the same guy who publishes the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast and features some of Marc’s favorite pub songs and often a selection which pushes the limits of the pub song genre. Though short, this podcast is well worth subscribing to. Subscribe via iTunes

It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast is a relative newcomer to the podcasting scene by Graham Holland. Graham focuses on music from Liverpool where he lives and across the UK. If you gravitate toward British folk this is a great podcast for you. Subscribe via iTunes

The best part about all these podcasts (other than them being free) is there is very little overlap between them. Each one plays a different variety of music from different areas.

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Irish, Celtic, Folk and Acoustic Podcasts

Now that I’m back in the world of the working iPod I’ve been going through podcasts almost as fast as gas money. Here are a couple of my favorites thus far.

Irish & Celtic Music PodcastMarc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has some of the best Irish and Celtic music I’ve heard. Ranging from the very traditional right up to edgy punk-fusion all the music is high quality Irish and Celtic music. Marc manages to get two or three podcasts out a month and is always great about giving artist and album information. Get it at iTunes.

TransAtlantic Acoustic ShowTransAtlantic Acoustic Show highlights a larger variety of modern acoustic music. Hosts jill no jack of the US and Sam Salter of the UK offer great info and background on the artists. Sam can be a little hard to understand (because of his voice, not his accent) but it’s nothing a little extra volume won’t fix. These come out almost every week. Get it at iTunes.

Both of these podcasts are free, and remember you don’t need an iPod to enjoy podcasts!

I’m going to start keeping a list of my favorite podcasts in my links in my sidebar, so as I find more good podcasts I’ll post them there.

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