Here are a few questions you may have about the stream that will hopefully have the answer you are looking for:
Q: What is the current list of podcasts on the stream?
A: There’s a (very basic) list available here.
Q: Is there any way I can subscribe to these podcasts in iTunes, rather than listening to the stream?
A: Yes. The list of feeds is in OPML format, so you can use it to bulk subscribe to all podcasts using podcast listening systems such as Google Reader, iTunes, or whatever. There’s more information here about bulk subscribing using Google Reader.
To do a bulk subscribe in iTunes, save the list of feeds locally on your Mac/PC. Open up iTunes, and drag the saved file on to the “Podcasts” folder icon in iTunes. See this video for a quick example.
Q: How do I get my podcast included on the stream?
A: Contact me, and I’ll include your podcast on the feed. Specifically, I’ll need the address of your podcast RSS feed. If you don’t know what that means, contact me anyway.
Q: My podcast plays on the stream, but it says “None Supplied” on my media player. Why is this?
A: Currently, the “now playing” information is generated directly from the RSS feed for each podcast. This information appears on the Twitter feed. However, the information shown in your media player is based upon the tags found within the podcast’s original MP3 file (if you publish in MP3 format). Ideally, you should include Artist, Album and Track details (or whatever your podcast authoring software supports).
Q: My podcast is listed, but I don’t see it appearing on the stream. What’s wrong?
A: There may one of a number of issues. For instance, have you published a recent podcast episode? Are your podcasts published in a recognised format? If you are having difficulties getting your podcast to appear on the stream, go to our contact page and we’ll try to help you.
Q: What format should my media file be in to be included in the stream?
A: We support MP3 as well as Apple AAC format (.m4a and .m4v). Windows Media files (.wma without copy protection schemes known as DRM) will work too. We can accommodate most variations of MP3 encoding, bit rate etc., but occasionally we encounter files that we can’t handle. This is usually due to a corrupt file, or the use of non-standard sample or bit rates. Note that you only need to worry about this if you are publishing something in a supported format and it never seems to make it to the stream. In this case, try producing an MP3 file at 128 bits, constant bit rate, sampled at 44.1 kHz.
Technically, we can also support WAV files and Ogg Vorbis files too, but there’s not much demand for them (we can’t imagine anyone wishing to publish a podcast in WAV format). If you want to publish in one of these formats, let us know and although we can’t promise anything, we’ll see what we can do.
Q: That’s fascinating. I’d like to know more about MP3 standards. Please tell me more.
A: Really? If you insist. Have a look here.
Q: I don’t want my podcast featured on the stream. How do I get it removed?
A: Please contact me. I’ll remove it straight away.
Q: I produce a high quality enhanced podcast with chapters and images in AAC format. Do you support this?
A: Actually, yes. But obviously only the audio part will be streamed. Channel Runner is an audio-only Internet radio station.
Q: I’m worried that you are re-using my content in an unauthorised way or are infringing the copyright on my material.
A: We don’t claim copyright over any of the material that is redistributed by this site. We are purely aggregating content that can be freely streamed individually from the podcast producers own site or other directories such as iTunes. Our intention is purely to present running podcasts in an alternative, convenient format to increase the exposure of running podcasts across a wider audience. If you are still unhappy at being included on the stream, please see the previous question for details of how to be removed from the stream.
Note also that we do not edit the content of your podcast in any way. We don’t add anything, and we don’t take anything away. (Okay, there’s a bit of transcoding and levelling, but this is just to normalise audio quality, not to alter the actual content)
Q: I’m not convinced. Do you have some kind of money-making scheme in mind ?
A: No. This service is non-commercial (i.e. non-profit) and the costs of running it are met privately. The Channel Runner project is simply a way of participating in the Run Net Community by giving something back for everyone to use. If the stream becomes successful and correspondingly expensive to run, we may look for appropriate ways to enable the stream to fund itself (in much the same way as many podcasters on the stream do at the moment), but it will always remain a non-commercial, non-profit service, free to use.