If you read my blog, you know I’m a Google Reader fan. Reader is pretty good with podcast feeds, because it lets you play the podcast right there in the browser.
But that’s not how I like to get my fix of the Daily SearchCast. I like to listen to Danny Sullivan and his co-host du jour in my car during my daily commute. To make that happen, I use Juice, which is a really nice program to save podcasts on your local hard drive. I’ve only used it on Windows, but it’s open-source (and written in Python!), so there are downloads for Mac and Linux as well.
Juice’s interface is clean, if not 100% intuitive. But the program gets the job done well. I made a directory called “Podcasts,” set Juice to download into that directory, and added the feed for the SearchCast to Juice. That’s it — it’s pretty much set and forget. You can set Juice to always run in the background, so it will check for new podcasts and download them when a new file is available.
When I’m ready to fill up with podcasts again, it’s literally less than a minute to walk away chock full of good stuff to listen to. My computer has a card reader, so when I’m ready for more podcasts for my drive into work, I pop an SD card directly into the card reader, copy all the previously downloaded podcasts onto the SD card, and remove the card. If you want to save your podcasts to one computer, I definitely recommend that you give Juice a try.
P.S. I got a chance to be a first-time co-host with Danny on the February 26th, 2007 SearchCast. I promise that I was much less snarky on that podcast, and even complimented Yahoo’s movie shortcuts.