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January 23, 2005

How-To: Automatically Transfer A Podcast to Your Bluetooth Phone

If you have a bluetooth enabled cell phone that can play mp3 files and has a fairly substantial internal memory, you can have the latest episode of your favorite podcast automatically sent to your phone just by opening an application.

Materials Needed

What to Do

1. Create a new smart playlist in iTunes. Assign a rule to it that makes sure only songs with artist "Adam Curry" or "Michael Butler" or any other podcaster who's show you want regularly downloaded to your phone are included in the playlist. Name this smart playlist "Phone" and sort it by date added with the newest tracks at the top.

2. Open the Bluetooth File Exchange application (under /Applications/Utilities/). Go to preferences and select "none" for the start-up window.

3. While still in Bluetooth File Exchange, cancel/close all open windows and go to File Menu>Browse Device. In the device selection box that pops up, make sure your phone shows up and is at the top of the list. If your phone is not the top list item, make sure it is added to favorites and all other devices are removed from favorites (devices in favorites are listed first).

4. Download my PodcastToPhone application here.

5. Just open (double click) the PodcastToPhone application whenever you want to have your computer transfer the latest show to your phone. It will find the mp3 file's location on your hard drive, open up Bluetooth File Exchange and start the transfer to your phone. Enjoy!

Posted by Alan Joyce at January 23, 2005 09:45 AM

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very cool. so which cell phones out there are both mp3 and bluetooth compatible? and cheap? i live in the US and Verizon is best for me because I spend lots of time on the Metro in DC, and Verizon is the only carrier that works underground.


Posted by: Phil at January 24, 2005 05:41 AM

My understanding is that Verizon basically disables (or at least heavily limits) bluetooth on any of their capable devices; there is somebody trying to initiate a class-action lawsuit because of this.

I'm mostly familiar with Nokia phones myself, and bluetooth models in the US include: 3650, N-Gage QD, 6600/6620.


Posted by: Jason Karney at January 24, 2005 12:32 PM

Yep. Jason's got it right. Verizon will often make it very hard to get your phone to work with your PC via bluetooth. I think there are workarounds for some phones though. I use a v600 on Cingular and I am very happy with its bluetooth capabilities. I can use it for a mobile dial-up internet connection with my computer, and transfer photos, mp3s, movies, and games back and forth. The only problem is that the v600 only has 5 MB of internal memory, so there aren't many podcasts that I could put in full on it.

Posted by: Alan Joyce at January 24, 2005 12:51 PM

Get an Ngage. Cheap. Has mp3, bluetooth and u can buy a good bluetooth headset to tune in.

Posted by: Abc at May 25, 2005 11:25 AM

Hi Alan, many thanks for this. I was thinking of trying to do something like this with Automator but when I tried, it didn't work for some reason.

Your little script seems to only copy the first trackā€”is there any reason for this do you think? I am actually not copying PodCasts but simply MP3s. What I have done is made a play list that chooses 35mb of my top-rated songs randomly as this is all that fits on my Sony Ericsson K700i. This way I can have about 30 minutes of fresh new music on my phone each time I update it.

Posted by: Galen at October 27, 2005 10:03 PM

Hey Galen.

This script was designed to just copy the first track because that way you could run it to get only the most recent episode of a certain podcast on your phone. It is probably possible to make it transfer all of the files in a playlist, but would require quite a bit of modification.

Posted by: Alan Joyce at October 28, 2005 06:22 AM

Hi!!I am totally new to this hi-tech stuff.So can anyone please tell me what the USB stick is for??Can i get songs from ,say,windows media player to a sony eriscon(K750i)phone???
What do i have to buy/do???


Posted by: dee at December 29, 2005 03:26 AM

On Mac OS X: If you mean from a USB bluetooth adapter to a K750i phone, you have to use the Bluetooth panel in System Preferences to set up a new device, scan for you K750i and pair the two. Then you can use the "send file" option in the bluetooth menu on the top-right corner of your screen (you can turn this menu on and off in system prefs) to send your songs one-by-one from Windows Media Player.

On Windows: Try a Google search, or read the phone's manual.

Posted by: Alan Joyce at December 29, 2005 11:33 AM

Posted by: runescape-hacking at March 31, 2006 07:58 PM

I have everything working correctly, but I am finding that the script tries to send the file directly to the main directory [which it will not allow]. Any thoughts on working this into the script? Thanks.

Posted by: Josh Siefer at January 13, 2007 06:32 PM

Hey Josh,

Because the script just interacts with Bluetooth File Exchange, it is limited to what that application's "Send File" feature can do. Basically, Bluetooth File Exchange "pushes" the file to your phone, and then from there on it is up to your phone to handle it. I would check your phone's settings and see if you can change the way it handles incoming files via bluetooth.

Posted by: Alan Joyce at January 13, 2007 06:49 PM

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