Importing arbitrary audio into Overcast.app

Overcast has very nice tools for speeding up podcasts. It increases the playback rate without causing the pitch to rise, compresses the silences to squeeze more audio into a given time, and boosts and normalizes the audio.

I have been wanting to be able to listen to all sorts of spoken word recordings that aren’t available in the form of a podcast. I’d love it if I could just select audio from a playlist in iTunes, but as far as I can tell the only input Overcast takes is a podcast feed url. Please correct me if I’m wrong

Using Dropbox, ifttt.com, and a WordPress installation I rolled my own private podcast.

  1. Create a new WordPress site
  2. Make a privatepodcast directory in Dropbox to store files for the feed.
  3. Create a “If Dropbox then WordPress” rule at ifttt.com which creates new posts from files dropped into the privatepodcast folder.
  4. WordPress provides a feed that is located at your_sites_url/feed/ which you can subscribe to using Overcast.

Notes:

  • I dropped 32 individual chapters of an audiobook into the folder only to find out later I had to go back and manually adjust the post timestamps to get them in order.
  • I had to turn off the link shortening that ifttt uses. Something about that kept the files from appearing in Overcast.
  • WordPress provides feeds for individual tags or categories, so I could separate out (e.g.) an audiobook into its own feed, but I haven’t found that necessary yet.

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