Podcast on iPod touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by jojoman, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. jojoman macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I've been using an ipod classic, and I just got an ipod touch recently. I'm a big fan of some podcasts, and I used to be able to sync podcasts to my ipod and I can watch them on the go.

    However, for some video podcasts (such as TED), when I tried to upload them to ipod touch, they couldn't do it. They say something like "the ipod cannot play the video format".

    But the ipod classic can play those podcasts just fine. Also, ipod touch only reject certain video podcasts, but not all.

    do other people run into the same problem, or just me?
     
  2. SuperMacMan macrumors regular

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    Post a scren of the exact error message, I will try to help.
     
  3. TheBearman macrumors 6502

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    I run into this with the MacBreak podcast. What I need to do is select the "Convert for the ipod/iphone" in the advanced menu. Seems odd to me but resolves the problem. BTW, not real fast at the conversion.
     
  4. jojoman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey I couldn't find choice of "Convert for the ipod/iphone"...can you be more specific about where to do it?

    thanks!
     
  5. panadero macrumors newbie

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    i dload a lot of podcasts too. it may be that you're dloading a higher rez podcast then what the touch can display. for instance, with Diggnation, they have a Hi-def quicktime that will not play on the touch. I go for the Small quicktime (rather then Large), as you're not likely to notice a diff on such a small screen anyway, and save some space...
     
  6. jojoman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    umm...so it might be a resolution problem? But I used to have an ipod classic, and high def ones work okay on them though....(but the podcasts that i couldn't play were high def..)
     
  7. SuperMacMan macrumors regular

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    Yes, if the podcast has a standard-def version of the same thing, then use that, it will look fine on your iPod Touch screen, or just right click on a non working podcast On your computer) & hit 'convert for iPod/iPhone' to make it work.
    This will take a while, a very long while, so be patient.

    Hope this helps

    SuperMacMan
     
  8. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    What I don't understand is why would literally the exact same video format work on the iPod 5/6G, but not the Touch? The Touch's screen is over four times as high resolution if I'm remembering right, so it's got more of a reason to support higher resolutions/bitrates. I don't know how it's actual performance is though since the 5/6G use a hard wired video decoder chip while I assume the Touch uses it's main CPU, which might not actually be as capable for h.264 playback.
     
  9. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    The iPod classic was capable of playing back some more high-resolution formats because of its TV-Out capability. Its very possible that the newer hardware decoder chip used in the Touch can't decode the higher resolutions because its more power-efficient or of a different design.
     
  10. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    If I'm remembering right though the Touch's actual resolution is the same or similar to what the 5/6G iPods can play back.

    Does it actually have a separate video processor? Maybe the CPU has an integrated hardwired video decoder, but aside from that I'm not seeing a separate part like the 5G iPod has.
     

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