Can I automate uploading/replacing podcasts?

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I will soon be starting a podcast that will ultimately feature 2 or 3 episodes weekly. I travel a fair amount, so I know that having a system in place that would allow me to have automated uploads on certain dates and times would enable the episode updating to be a smooth process.

"Uploads" may be a little off the mark. I already have some cron jobs ON a website (freelanced out, since I am not a techie) that replace existing files on he website each Friday with new ones at a specified day and time on a weekly basis that has run very well for a couple of years now. I upload the new files on Wednesday or Thursday at my convenience and that's all I have to do.

To be sure, the names of the uploaded files are exactly the same as the ones being updated (or simply written over, that is).  I have not yet dug deeper into the names required for podcast files, if there are any such requirements, and want to get an expert view of what I want to do, as described.

I did some searching on Google, but they continue to descend into Internet Hell, insisting on providing search results that do not fit the search terms. On a recent trip. I needed to find a laundromat to do a load or two of laundry and a search on "laundromat" with the city name resulted in a list of DRY CLEANERS! Not even "close but no cigar" as far as I'm concerned.
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Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Hi,

I am following up on your question.  Do you still need help?

If you solved the problem on your own, would you please post the solution here in case others have the same problem?

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Kyle Santos
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RadioGeorgeOwner/Programmer

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No replies yet, no answers. We  can yank this or let it run---your call.
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Thank you for letting me know.

I wouldn't want to delete this at all if you would still like to try and find a solution to this problem.  What I can do is send out alerts to more experts to try and help you find a solution.  Would this be helpful?
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Back after travel.
As of today (6/4) no comments yet. Let's give it one last chance.
Perhaps someone can comment on using some FTP program that has various uploading options?
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I will soon be starting a podcast that will ultimately feature 2 or 3 episodes weekly. I travel a fair amount, so I know that having a system in place that would allow me to have automated uploads on certain dates and times would enable the episode updating to be a smooth process.

Here the devil is in the details.  What is the OS of the local machine that will house the uploads.  do you have ftp access to the web server?
Describe the website i.e. joomla, custom, wordpress

The filename should be in the format of ### - Description (where ### is the episode number) one also normally has an rss feed, Itunes RSS Feed Example Itunes RSS Tool


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You should be able to do something similar to you Friday updates. You would need to upload/replace the mp3 file.  The mp3 is referenced by the xml file, so if you change the file name you would also need to update the xml.
If you're replacing the file each week, it's not really a "podcast" as there is no history...

If somebody else has built the site for you, I would suggest that they would be the best source on the most appropriate method of uploading new recordings
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Thank you, David, for the thorough answer and illustrations and thanks as well to the others who responded. The answer is still "out there," Since I posted this question, I've spoken with some podcasters who both agree and disagree with the comments here, so it looks like I will need to put EVERYTHING together on paper and then toss it out for analysis.

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