Podcast Directory Help: How to subscribe and listen to podcasts on your Sony PSP

Did you know that you could use your Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) to listen to podcasts? If you're tired of playing games, and need a break from hacking and slashing dragons in a dungeon, you can easily switch to a playlist of your favorite songs.

To listen to podcasts on your PSP, you need to have updated your firmware to version 2.60.

Step by Step Instructions

The first step is to choose the podcast that interests you. You can find podcasts by directly visiting its web pageusing the browser on your PSP, or browsing through the contents of our podcast directory.

Then, look at your PSP's web browser. You'll locate an RSS link. Click on it, and then you will be asked whether or not you want to add it to your RSS channels.

Once you've done this, you can exit the browser and proceed to the RSS Channels application. You'll find this item on the PSP's cross bar menu, assuming you have at least the firmware 2.60. Voila—the podcast channels you subscribed to are there, waiting for you!

Now how do you listen to them? You have to be connected to the internet. (You'll need a WLAN.) Once that's out of the way, pick the podcast you feel like listening to from the list. You're done! The audio starts streaming, and you're set. You may have to buffer for a few seconds but it'll smoothen out—assuming your internet connection isn't spotty.

Alternatively you can choose to save the file to your memory stick and listen to it at a later time.

Troubleshooting

Some users report that the PSP can be very choosy about where you save your files. The rule of thumb is that if you want to play any song, you should make sure that it's saved in the Music directory in a pre existing play list folder. And one very important thing: change the file name extension. Instead of .m4u it should be MP4. But if it's an MP3 file you can leave it as is.

All you have to do is bookmark the page and then synchronize it with your PSP's web browser. From there, you can use your PSP's controls to jump from one song to the next. Download it to your mini music directory on your PSP, and you're ready to rock

Mac Users

If you have a Mac with OS X 10.03 (or newer). You can then download a copy of Dot Tunes, which converts your iTunes library into a web page.

Using the Mac as a Web Server

It's actually quite simple. By converting your iTunes library into a web page, you can access your favorite songs and albums through the web. In this case, your Mac acts as the web server which brings your Dot Tunes page to you (sort of like a very efficient concierge).

For this of course you need to set up a few thngs. You need to set your computer to 'Wake for Ethernet network administrator access'. (Check this in your Energy Saver preferences; sometimes you have it automatically 'sleep' after a few minutes of not being in use). Another thing to watch out for is whether or not your ISP blocks the port that's connected to your Dot Tunes .You want an open port, without the firewall of either your router or your computer. Worried about security? Get password protection, so nobody raids your libraries.