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May 31, 2011 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Huffduffer is like Instapaper, but for audio. You can create your a personalized podcast from audioclips you find on the Internet, but don't want to listen to right that second.

The design is a bit spartan, but the service works great.
posted by chunking express (27 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hurf durf audio saver?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:58 AM on May 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Excellent.

They can't put the track length?
posted by CarlRossi at 6:00 AM on May 31, 2011


If this works it could be really useful. Though personally I'll probably use it just to amass an enormous backlog of stuff I'd like to listen to "someday".
posted by Harald74 at 6:01 AM on May 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can it grab the audio out of video?that I'd find seriously useful.
posted by Artw at 6:04 AM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


More stuff to save and come back to in that infinite theoretical future in which I'll have time to come back to it.

Huffduffer? Really?
posted by blucevalo at 6:07 AM on May 31, 2011


It's great. I subscribe to my feed of huff duffed adds and podcast at leisure. Also, you can subscribe to other's feeds, which is a winner. It's great.
posted by davemee at 6:09 AM on May 31, 2011


Huffduffer's pretty great. I've been thinking about using it to curate a best of something podcast, but haven't quite figured out how to do it well yet.

I do this same sort of thing with the RSS feed of my Google Reader starred items - for the 30 or 40 podcasts I want to listen to sometimes but not all the time, I review episodes in Reader and star the eps I want to download to my player.
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:12 AM on May 31, 2011


Huffduffer? Really?

Seconded. Where do they come up with these crazy names? /Douglas Reynholm
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:32 AM on May 31, 2011


» Huffduffer? Really?
From the footer of the site:
Huff • Duff — (noun) The common pronounciation of the acronym HF/DF meaning high frequency direction finder. A triangulation method that uses two or more radio receivers to find the bearings of a radio transmitter.
Huffduffer is a Jeremy Keith joint, and he’s blogged quite a bit about some of the design and development behind the site. If you’re into that sort of thing.
posted by sidesh0w at 6:41 AM on May 31, 2011


Hey, at least it's not Huffduffr.
posted by kmz at 6:45 AM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


People, what is the DEAL with Huffduffer? THINK about it. I mean, podcasting, is anybody USING this stuff?
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:49 AM on May 31, 2011


Harald74: "If this works it could be really useful. Though personally I'll probably use it just to amass an enormous backlog of stuff I'd like to listen to "someday"."

Why not? That's how I use Instapaper! (Which I love anyway, so seriously, this is great!)
posted by Songdog at 6:53 AM on May 31, 2011


My esteemed colleague sidesh0w is correct—Huffduffer is my creation.

As for the silly name, it's lifted straight from Neal Stephenson. There's a bit in Cryptonomicon where talks about High Frequency Direction Finding.

To answer your question, CarlRossi, no it currently isn't possible to put the track length ...although I could put the file size if that's useful information to know.
posted by adactio at 7:21 AM on May 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is there really not an "Add all" in the bookmarklet popup? I feel like I must be being stupid and such an obvious feature can't be missing, but on a page with lots of audio files it seems like I'd have to click through to "HuffDuff" each one... Just me?
posted by ChristopherS at 7:31 AM on May 31, 2011


ChristopherS: if you mean when you're on a page on Huffduffer and you want to huffduff a bunch of stuff, you don't have to "click through" to do that. If you hit the "Huffduff it" link next to an entry, it will turn into a form using Ajax. So you should be able to huffduff a whole bunch of stuff without ever leaving the page.
posted by adactio at 7:37 AM on May 31, 2011


adactio: Thanks - I actually meant the bookmarklet popup. If you're on some random site with a bunch of MP3 links embedded, clicking the bookmarklet pops up a window listing the links found, but as far as I can see I'd then have to go through each, clicking it to bring up a metadata summary page, then click the "HuffDuff It" button. I was expecting a "HuffDuff all links on this page" option.
posted by ChristopherS at 7:50 AM on May 31, 2011


Harald74: "If this works it could be really useful. Though personally I'll probably use it just to amass an enormous backlog of stuff I'd like to listen to "someday"."

Well, I do that with Instapaper, except I actually read maybe 5% of the articles I save, which is an improvement over the the zero articles I would have read if it weren't for Instapaper.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:07 AM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Probably a silly question: Presently I manually download subscribed podcasts from my RSS reader, and then manually put them onto my player (I also have an iPod Touch, but I hate iTunes).

With this, would I be able to add files from my RSS reader to my Huffduff account, update my account on my iPod, and then be able to listen to the podcasts off-line?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:09 AM on May 31, 2011


I've known about this for some time, mostly because at some point I bookmarked it and whenever I start typing in Huffington Post (which is very, very rarely since about 2008, because goddamn it's become awful) my browser autocompletes to "HuffDuffer.com" and if I'm not paying attention that's where I go first.

It's a pretty useful tool, just like Arianna Huffington.
posted by fourcheesemac at 11:08 AM on May 31, 2011


I love this service. I've been using it for a while to solve a little problem. Although I sometimes use it to grab episodes of podcasts I don't subscribe to, my favorite thing is to queue up all the mp3s which seem interesting from the mp3 blogs I read and listen to them in one go in iTunes. It's much better than listening one at a time.
posted by GS1977 at 5:14 AM on June 1, 2011


I miss Webjay.

Dollars to donuts Yahoo buys and destroys this too.
posted by chronkite at 12:46 PM on June 1, 2011


chronkite, I can guarantee yoy that Yahoo will never be allowed get their grubby paws on Huffduffer.

Geocities. Never forget. Never forgive.
posted by adactio at 2:56 PM on June 1, 2011


~Yahoo will never be allowed get their grubby paws on Huffduffer~

Carry on then, good sir!
posted by chronkite at 7:20 PM on June 1, 2011


With this, would I be able to add files from my RSS reader to my Huffduff account, update my account on my iPod, and then be able to listen to the podcasts off-line?

Unfortunately you cannot, Alvy - Huffduffer is browser-based, so you do need an internet connection to listen to the audio files you've Huffdufferated. Possibly you were confused by the FPP's mention of Instapaper, whose iPod app does allow you to access your selected content off-line. But hey, did Instapaper automatically add a photo of yourself (Presumably grabbed from your e-mail) when you signed up for it? No? Well, Huffduff sure does, and that's totally non-creepy!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:23 PM on June 1, 2011


Alvy Ampersand, you can listen to your huffduffed content offline. In fact, that's kind of the idea. Subscribe to your Huffduffer RSS feed (in iTunes, for example) and then everything gets sucked down to your local machine (and you can then sync that with your iPod).

As for grabbing audio files from within an RSS reader, that is possible if the RSS reader is browser-based (you can use the "huffduff it" bookmarklet) but not, alas, from a desktop RSS reader.
posted by adactio at 7:02 AM on June 2, 2011


Oohhhh, that makes so much more sense, thank you! Snarkiness retracted!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:37 AM on June 2, 2011


I'm slightly creeped out that I signed on, told it what username I wanted to use and then it basically went out to flickr to see if there was a match (without telling me) and just used the avatar pic there...yikes. And the only reason I know this is because I saw my avatar and thought "hey I don't remember uploading that" so I inspected the element and sure enough huffduffer slurped it straight from flickr. Kind of invasive.

That being said it's a pretty neat service.
posted by jnrussell at 1:52 PM on June 7, 2011


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