How to listen to podcasts on your mobile phone

I have a Nokia 6630 mobile phone. It has a memory card. It can play MP3. So, for me it is perfect for listening to podcasts.

Update: I have installed a third party MP3-player to enhance my listening experience. Link.

Update2 I have modified my Nokia headset to accept regular headphones.

You need:
1. A cellphone that can play MP3 and has a memory card
2. iPodder or a similar software
3. Windows Media Player 10
4. A card reader for the memory card of your phone

This is the basic concept:

1. iPodder downloads the podcasts I subscribe to into a folder on my PC:
C:Documents and SettingsUserMy DocumentsMy Received Podcasts

2. Windows Media Player 10 syncs the podcasts to the memory card

3. I listen to the podcasts on my phone

How do you do it?
First:Install iPodder and start subscribing to some podcasts.

You can click on all the screenshots in this guide to enlarge them!

Then, start Windows Media Player 10
1. Make a new playlist for your podcasts:

Edit:If you are using ODEO Syncr it will automatically make a playlist for you simply called ODEO, you can skip this step, and choose the ODEO playlist when setting up the sync described in part 2 of this guide.


In the WMP 10 library, right click auto playlists and select "New…"
Name the playlist “myPodcasts”


Click where it says "Click here to add criteria"
Select "More…"


Select "File name"
You now have the text "File name contains <click to set>"


Click on <click to set> and type "My Received Podcasts"
Click “OK”

Now you have a playlist that will always contain all of your podcasts

2. All you now have to do is to sync this to the memory card of your phone:

Select the "Sync" tab in WMP

Insert the memory card into a card reader connected to your PC


In the dialog that pops up, select "Automatic" and be sure to check:
"Customize the playlists to be synchronized"
– (Ouch… I have not done that in the screenshot…)


Click next and add the playlist you just created: "myPodcasts"

Click "Finish" and WMP should sync all your podcasts on to the memory card

Insert the memory card into your phone and enjoy!

This guide was heavily inspired by the one over at Engadget:

HOW-TO: Getting Podcasts on a Portable Media Center (and other Windows Media Devices)

How to listen to podcasts on your mobile phone

15 thoughts on “How to listen to podcasts on your mobile phone

  1. I found this over at “All about Palm”:

    Listening to Podcasts on your Palm
    Published by Ewan Spence at 9:32 GMT, June 3rd

    Eirik Solheim has put together a nice guide to listening to Podcasting on your mobile phone, using an MMC card, Card Reader and Windows Media. It’s based around a Nokia Series 60 phone, but if you’ve got an SD card and reader on your PC, and a suitable MP3 player for the Palm (Busker is a nice alternative to Pocket Tunes) then you shuold be able to get listening really quickly.

    …and yes, this will work on any device that shows up as removable media in windows media player!

  2. I do not know about the others but as for me I did not trackback (just pointed to your article), so everything is working in WP 🙂
    Great post…
    I love that 6630 phone, I have it also and it is just awesome!

  3. …and maybe that’s the case with the others too…? I don’t know. I’ll have to do some systematic testing.

    And, thank you for your compliment on my article. I made it mostly so that I should remember what I did myself. It is very nice that others can benefit from it as well.

  4. Oh, man – I thought this entry was going to be about how to directly download MP3s straight to one’s mobile device, through its wireless internet connection. Does anyone know of such mobile podcasting software? I have neither home internet access on a desktop these days nor a day job with office access, so my Palm Treo 600 is literally the only way I have these days to get on the web. I’d LOVE to find a way to just download podcast episodes straight to it without the need of a desktop at all.

  5. I have been thinking about that. It would be soooo convenient to have a cellular that automatically and always was updated with my latest podcasts.

    Of course, bandwitdh costs would be significantly higher when actually downloading through GPRS, EDGE or UMTS but I would actually be willing to pay for it because of the convenience…

    I have contacted the developer of the Viking MP3 player for Nokia series 60 (mentioned in my post about MP3-players for the series 60) and they actually seemed interested in the idea of a podcast aggeregator for mobiles.

    Also, maybe the guys over at Feedburner.com could make something. They have an RSS reader for some mobiles.

  6. Vince says:

    Hey, sorry for the bad english, I’m a 16 yeared old Frenchie 😀
    I got a 6630 too and would download podcasts, but I haven’t any feed :S Could you help me?
    (Your tip for the headphones is soooo great 😉

  7. Odeo…

    What are the best sites for Odeo? We’ve started with these. What else should be here?
    1. Odeo – Search over a million audio files, including MP3s and podcasts. Download them or play them straight from the site. (www.odeo.com)
    2. How Odeo Happened…

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