Q. How do I get the Kimcasts? Where do I get them?
A. You must purchase a subscription to Kim's Club to have access to the Kimcasts. Subscriptions can be purchased online only through the Kim's Club page.
Once you have set up your profile or logged into your Kim's Club account, there are a couple of ways you can access the Kimcasts. You can click on the box to subscribe for downloading the podcasts. Or, to listen, select the Listen Now box on the Kim's Club account page.
Step-by-step instructions for setting up Kim's podcast can be found here.
Q. Do I have to have a portable player to hear the Kimcasts?
A. No. You can download them to your computer. Play them with Windows Media Player or any other program that plays MP3 files. To do this, log into your Kim's Club account and click the Listen Now box on your account page. Click the Download Now button for the podcast you wish to hear. On the File Download pop-up box, click Open to run your default player or Save to save it to your hard drive. If you saved it to your hard drive, just double-click the file to launch your default player.
You can also download iTunes and listen to the podcasts directly from that program.
Q. What are the minimum requirements to get the podcasts?
A. PC Users: Your Internet connection should be no less than a 56k dial-up. Windows 2000 or XP operating system and Windows Media Player. If you are using an earlier version of Windows, we recommend downloading podcasts manually.
Mac Users: OS X v10.2.8 or later
ATTENTION AOL USERS: You may need to open a new non-AOL browser window, as AOL can prevent listening to certain audio. You can use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Make sure your Web browser and player are current before accessing the podcasts.
Q. I see multiple copies of the same Digital Minute and weekly show in my iTunes Library and other playlists. I only downloaded it once. Did I do something wrong?
A. No, you did nothing wrong. If you click on Podcasts on the left navigation menu in iTunes, you will see a listing of all podcasts to which you have subscribed. This is where you manage your podcasts. The Library includes any audio files you have downloaded or copied to iTunes from another source. It is possible that you downloaded the podcasts more than once and have multiple copies. Highlight unneeded copies and delete them.
Q. I am being prompted for a username and password for content.komando.com. What is this?
A. This occurs because the default setting for iTunes is set to automatically check for new podcasts and download them automatically. When there is a new episode, you will be prompted for your username (your registered Kim's Club e-mail address) and your Kim's Club password.
To prevent this from popping up, select edit, preferences, podcasts. You can either set
"Check for new episodes" to manual, or set "when new episodes are available" to
"do nothing." Please note that changing these settings will apply to ALL podcasts you are subscribed to in iTunes.
If you would like to download new KimCasts as they become available, you don't have to type your username and password each time you are prompted to. Instead, enter your username and password information and select the checkbox "Remember My Password." You may have to do this twice, once for the Digital Minutes and once for The Kim Komando Show. Once you are done, you will still get these pop-ups when new KimCasts are available. But now you can simply click OK to move past them and listen to the new episodes.
A. Download and use iTunes. Follow the steps on our Web site.
Once you subscribe to the Kimcasts, make sure you are on the Podcasts page in iTunes. An arrow will be pointing at the podcast to which you subscribed. Click the arrow (a small gray triangle) to open the archived list of podcasts. Click the GET button next to the Kimcast you want to download. Listen to it in iTunes or locate the file folder it is saved in to use your default media program.
You will find more information and help to access Kim's Podcast Archives in
Q. I cannot get my iTunes to update your podcasts automatically. How can I manage my podcasts?
A. For automatic downloading, iTunes must be open. You also must be connected to the Internet. Automatic downloads are not possible for those who do not have an always-on Internet connection. Also, your settings must be correct. To check them, click Podcasts in the left navigation menu, then Settings. Click the drop down menu next to "Check for new episodes to the desired selection." Click OK to save your changes.
A. I recommend you use the free Audacity audio editor to break the show into smaller sections since CDs only hold 80 minutes. Then you can record each section to CD.
Since you're working with MP3 files, you also need the LAME encoder. You can find a link to it from the SourceForge. Just click the operating system you're using; on the next page, you'll get a link for the encoder.
Remember where you download the encoder. When Audacity tries to use it for the first time, it will ask you to locate it. Then it will install the encoder for you.
Now you can begin working with your files. Click File>>Open. Then navigate to the file you want to split. Highlight it and click Open.
You'll see the file at the top of the window. It looks like sound waves. There are markers at the top that show you the minutes and seconds in the song. Use the zoom tools, which look like magnifying glasses, to zoom in or out.
In the upper left of the window, you'll notice a button that looks like an "I." This is the selection tool. It is selected by default. So, you can select any portion of the file simply by clicking and dragging.
If you need help deciding where to break the file, use the play controls at the top of the program window.
The selected portion will be highlighted in gray. Now click Edit>>Copy. Click File>>New and then Edit>>Paste. A new file is created that contains the selected portion of the file. To save the track, click File>>Export As WAV. Give the file a name and then click Save. Repeat for the remaining portions of the show.
Once you've broken the show into manageable sections, you're ready to burn your CDs. You can use any CD burning software you have.
Q. How can I stop playing a Kimcast and return later to where I left off?
A. Right-click a Kimcast in iTunes (the entire Kimcast and not an individual show). Select Get Info and open the Options tab. Check the box labeled "Remember position" and set the pull-down selector to Yes. Click OK.
Q. Can I use another podcast feed reader other than iTunes?
A. Maybe. We have tested our podcasts using iTunes. Juice, as mentioned above, is not compatible with our system. Other podcast feed readers may or may not work with our system. You can always give them a try. For now, we recommend iTunes.
Q. Whenever I listen to your Kimcasts, my iTunes always fades at the end or they overlap and I miss some of your information. What can I do to fix it?
A. Your Crossfade Playback could be active. This will fade the ending of the current podcast and fade into the beginning of the next. To turn it off, click Settings on your Podcasts page. Select the Playback tab. Remove the check next to Crossfade Playback and click OK to save the changes.