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The bandwith issue will come - sooner or later

25.10.2004 - 02:23 / filled under default

Whole Wheat Radio in "Podcasting - Technical Concerns":

2) I am seeing a lot of clients downloading the same podcast MP3s multiple times - sometimes several times a day.
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There were 126 attempted downloads of last Friday's rant in the last 24 hours using almost 3gig of bandwidth - and 31 of them had already downloaded the file at least once. This is a waste of my bandwidth.

As podcasting continues to grow, I feel the need to get control of the downloading on my end regardless of the client software. So I will testing being able to put a .php file in an enclosure that points to the mp3 (for example: mysite.com/podcast.php?RANT_04-10-22.mp3) so that I can step in before the actual download and see if the requesting IP has previously downloaded the file.
This is one reason why I am reluctant to do a podcast - because I am already angry about stupid people not handling their normal blog aggregators.

And in opposite to other people I think we need to take care of this before it gets out of hand. "I don't care, I have no traffic limit" might work now with a few subscribers - but imagine 500 people downloading your file again and again and again every day ... This might be the death of podcasting before it even began.

btw: I am using bloglines to show me what's new so I can download the files. Yes, manually, but for now that is much more comfort than all of the three applications (Jäger, Doppler, Ipodder). Plus I want to see new files from work and at home and sometimes decide on the entries description whether or not I would like to download this particular show.

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