Podcast URL

Anyone who’s had to share a link to a podcast in the iTunes Store knows the painfully long URLs you’re forced to deal with (in this case, for the Make Magazine Podcast):

  • http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=74069835

Well, over at the O’Reilly Network, Digital Media blogger David Battino uncovers a quick hack to chop it down to its essentials, based on the podcast ID at the end of the string, turning it into this:

  • http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=74069835

You can, of course, also use a service like SnipURL to create something even smaller, as well as a bit more recognizable and memorable:

  • http://snipurl.com/makezine

Finally, for the most sophisticated and useful URL, David adds:

If you own your own domain, you could simply set up a page with a meta refresh, name it index.html, and place it in an appropriate subdirectory like myshow. Then your link would be http://www.yoursite.com/myshow.

Check out his article for the details.