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Top Chef Q & As -- podcasting XML link?

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chefscotticus Jun 19, 2007 09:24 PM

I'm looking for an XML/RSS link for the Top Chef Q & A podcast that is posted to CHOW.com every week. I'd really like to listen to it on my MP3 player on my way to work (via standard "podcast" technology that downloads automatically), and not have to sit at my computer to listen or manually download the MP3 everyweek. Where/what is the URL to make this work?

(Also, is there a page that lists ONLY the weekly Top Chef Q&A posts? This would be nice to keep up with the weekly interviews and make sure I don't miss one.)

Thanks!

  1. mudaba Jun 20, 2007 04:16 PM

    First of all chefscotticus, allow me to thank you for your enthusiasm for the Top Chef podcasts! As the producer and one of the interviewers heard on the podcasts, your desire to catch them all gladdens my heart. To answer your question about your mp3 player--we're working on it. Desperately. Trust me, as someone who listens to podcasts in transit to work, while doing dishes, while exercising, and everwhere in between, I can't wait for our podcasts to be available on iTunes. The good news is that they will soon be! This week you'll see a new player on the site. It's our new video and audio player that we hope will make it a lot easier to see and hear the video and podcasts you want, in the way you want. By next week, we hope to have our Top Chef podcasts in iTunes so that you can hear them. You can automatically download the stream and make sure you hear them all without missing one. In the meantime, we'll list the preceding podcasts on each week's podcast so you can make sure to hear them all. Thanks for your good question! Meredith of CHOW

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    1. re: mudaba
      davina Jun 21, 2007 01:24 PM

      update on that... the new player won't be this week, but it will be as soon as we can get the bugs worked out! Today's Top Chef podcast is going up in the next few hours.

      1. re: davina
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        jzerocsk Jun 22, 2007 08:36 AM

        This was mentioned in other threads, but *technically* a podcast should feature an RSS feed that can be subscribed to. My podcatcher automagically dumps podcasts to a specific folder that allows them to be sent to my MP3 player when I sync it up.

        If I have to manually download the MP3 each week and then load it onto my MP3 player, the unfortunate truth is that I just won't bother.

        My MP3 player is not an iPod so having them available on iTunes does not work in my case.

        1. re: jzerocsk
          davina Jun 22, 2007 12:29 PM

          You're right, sorry we weren't clear -- in-house, we speak of iTunes as the goal, because it allows for general wide distribution. Overall, we mean distributed via any podcatching service -- and in order to do that, they have to be available first in a subscribable RSS feed. SO, that's the intermediate step that's crucial for your needs! I hope that clarifies.

          1. re: davina
            j
            jzerocsk Jun 22, 2007 01:28 PM

            Thanks for the clarification :-) Looking forward to the finished product!

            1. re: davina
              meadandale Jun 7, 2008 01:18 PM

              "in-house we speak of itunes as the goal"

              Are you planning on having the podcasts available as an RSS/XML feed anytime soon?

              It's been a year since this was posted.

              1. re: meadandale
                mudaba Jun 9, 2008 06:44 PM

                Hi meandale, Currently the podcasts are only available on iTunes. I'll repost here if something changes, but for the time being, it's just an iTunes distribution. Thanks so much for your interest in listening to the podcasts! Meredith

                1. re: mudaba
                  meadandale Jun 16, 2008 07:53 AM

                  I really hope you guys change your minds on this sooner rather than later. Apple refuses to support Linux for iTunes so I've had to abandon using iTunes for my ipod. All the other podcasts I subscribe to are available as an rss/xml feed.

        2. re: mudaba
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          wrain Sep 30, 2007 07:15 AM

          Is there an update on this? I was looking today and wasn't able to find it on iTunes. I know the season's almost over but I have a couple of weeks to catch up on and would love to listen to them on my iPod.

          1. re: wrain
            mudaba Oct 2, 2007 06:48 AM

            I wish I could say that there was wrain, but our podcast player system (called Maven, which primarily gets our videos up on the site), just doesn't support the format iTunes uses yet, and it's not clear when they will. As soon as we/they figure out how to solve this problem, I'll post it on this link, but unfortunately I don't think it will be in time for Top Chef Season 3. Season 4, fingers crossed? Meredith

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