Sync podcasts to your iPhone without using Apple’s Podcasts app

If you’re anything like me and you are an Australian with an iPhone, you are probably stuck on Telstra’s 3G network. Thus, you would be blessed with a pittance of 3G data quota each month. Recently, something has been repeatedly slurping up multiple 120 MB downloads over 3G, suspiciously similar in size to Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy podcast (which is awesome by the way).

I stopped using the Podcasts app but my data usage was still up the shit. I’m basically convinced it’s still streaming episodes I’ve already downloaded — despite me turning off every conceivable option in the iPhone settings related to this. So I deleted it but I can’t live without my trance :(

Why can’t things just go back to the way they were? I should be able to just download the podcast files via iTunes and then sync them to my phone — it should be that simple. There is no need for another app, and the App Store reviews reflect this. Fortunately, I found a simple and ingenious solution which completely removes your dependence on Apple’s crappy app allowing you to claim back your 3G data usage.

Read full post →

Review: Summadayze 2012

My Review of Summadayze was published in Inpress magazine this year.

SUMMADAYZE 2012, SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL

Summadayze has a reputation as one of the key mainstream music festivals of the summer, but the festival landscape is becoming more competitive. Embarrassing delays of headline acts aside, the promoters have all the bases covered: the location, lineup, stages, sound, sunshine and singlets – all check. But is ticking all the music-festival boxes still enough to be that one, choice, must-attend summer event?

Read full post →

Chip Tunes For The Win

By some serendipitous coincidence, last night I found myself listening to The Sound Lab on Triple J. Then Fenella announced there’d be Chip Tunes on and I was surprised and excited that the genre had managed to make it to mainstream radio. I guess it just goes to show what you can achieve by organising the community.

I think what’s great about this genre is that it has built-in nostalgia. Listening to a couple of tracks immediately brings back memories of the days (and nights) I spent playing games like Super Mario Bros. 2, Dexterity and Pokemon Blue. Chip tunes aren’t new, in fact it’s one of the oldest form of synth. But to think that this stuff is starting to be considered a legitimate art form worthy of airplay is just amazing!

You can check out Dot.AY‘s mix on the Game Boy Australia blog.

UPDATE: I should include the Good Game clip for completeness.

Last.fm Disappointment

UPDATE: (8/12/09) At the risk of alerting the wankers at Last.fm who may find this on Google, I can still use the streaming radio through the iPhone app! Suckers!

Today I received this email from Last.fm, whose personalised radio I’ve been enjoying FOR FREE since 2007.

Hi frostnova,

Your free trial to Last.fm Radio is about to end. If you’re enjoying it, why not subscribe for only $3.00/month and continue listening to non-stop personalised
radio.

http://www.last.fm/subscribe

Best Regards,
The Last.fm Team

When I first joined, there was no mention of this “free trial” bollocks they’ve pulled completely out of thin air as if they are some kind of Ministry of Truth.

To be honest, I value Last.fm mostly for tracking my listening habits and haven’t used the streaming radio very much so I’m not ready to completely jump ship just yet.

What I’ve really been waiting for is for Apple to make “Genius Live” for iTunes, so you could listen to suggested tracks which aren’t in your library.

You can read about what other disgruntled users are saying, although I won’t be surprised if this thread gets censored.

Here’s to Internet fraud!

Prevent me from buying MP3’s and Apps just because I live outside the US? I think not!

After some furious Googling, this Australian has successfully purchased content from the US iTunes store. And without a credit card!

The biggest hurdle was getting a US iTunes account (trivial, now I know how).

  1. Open iTunes and go to the Store.
  2. Sign out of your “real” account.
  3. Find any free iPhone application and Buy it.
  4. When asked to sign in, Create An Account (make sure you select  US as country). Tip: if you use Gmail,  use username+us@gmail.com as your email address.
  5. Fill in your fake US address details as generated.
  6. When asked for a payment method, choose None.

If you just wanted a free app not available in your country, you can stop here.

If you want to buy MP3’s not available in your country, you need some US iTunes credit.

  1. Find a store that sells online iTunes gift cards, such as OffGamer. Note, you can expect  to pay a premium for the online service. Some have  reported success with eBay but OffGamer were quite speedy.
  2. Pay with your PayPal account. If you don’t have one… uh, why not?
  3. When you get the gift card code (online), simply redeem it in iTunes.
  4. Purchase your content!

I still have US$12 left in my fake iTunes accounts, which I’m sure will come in handy later. It’s not going anywhere.

Oh, and your US iTunes account can also be used to download iPhone apps that aren’t yet released in Australia, such as the Last.fm app. I can’t believe I didn’t realise this sooner!