Podcast Lesson Title Hard to Read

January 30, 2012, 03:35 AM posted in General Discussion


Does anyone know a way to read the title of the lessons on my itouch / iphone any better?

Often I get to only read part, e.g. so when looking down my podcast list I can not choose a lesson based on topic, I see something like this:

"Lesson Review MP3 - Ele.."
"Dialogue MP3 - Elementary..."
"Elementary - Part Title.."

Would naming lessons B,E,I,UI,A be better?  Since often we are at Elementary or Intermedia for a good 100 lessons plus, so we don't need to see the whole word elementary or Lesson review at the expense of the lesosn title.

How about displaying like this?

E-LR  (Elementary Lesson Review)
E-D (Elementary Dialogue)
E-L Hospitality

Value thoughts, work around or advice



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January 30, 2012, 03:44 AM

I think that your suggestion is a good one, for what it's worth. I have the same problem. But there is a larger navigation problem on an iPod Touch - it seems that podcasts are dumped in order that you download them. I would like to know if the preferences can be changed, and if you could see two lines the title would be clear. Search by topic? I do virtually all my ChinesePod on a laptop because the iPod is user unfriendly; it's only advantage is portability. 

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January 30, 2012, 03:50 AM

I agree, it forces me to use a browser as well.

However, its nice to go out and walk or jog and listen to three lessons and then come back and I complete the expansion and other stuff online. Or on the way to work work through a few lessons, but when I arrive trying to find the title of the lesson and complete it online is a real hastle and a waste of time. 



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January 30, 2012, 05:20 AM

I agree iPod / iTunes could be more user friendly.  Have you tried to Chinese Pod mobile app?  I use it instead of the iPod's "music player" most of the time.  Also, you may want to use iTunes to create playlists based on some common theme.  I do that for podcasts related to a common topic that might be at different levels and years apart on CPod. 

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January 30, 2012, 10:59 AM

Thanks Podster will try that! I do use the Mobile App but you have to manually click download on each lesson audio type which is 有点儿麻烦啊

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January 31, 2012, 09:32 AM

Hey all,

Thanks for the suggestions about labeling the MP3s. I know that I usually rename my own downloads, but I'm also very fastidious about how my iTunes library is organized.

We'll talk about these labels when the full academic team gets back to the office later this week.