I'm still getting the same error message. It says error #412, which is some sort of a "precondition" check in the header of the download request (doesn't that sound like I know what I'm talking about?) Anyway, since I don't know what I'm talking about, I'm at a loss to know how to modify the header to satisfy the precondition. There was some web pages when I googled 412 that suggested that the site had stuff in place to defeat "bots" from harvesting their output. I must somehow look like a bot.
Later: So, I tried both IE7 and Firefox 22.214.171.124 and it seemed the same problem. Then I thought, y'know both of these are going thru GetRight Pro, so I tried it again after disabling this download manager. Then I got all the files I wanted. So, it seems that the site has done something that seems to break the GetRight DL manager, but still allows the IE7 and Firefox DL wizards to work.
Go figure. Anyway, the audiobooks don't have any problem after all.
Edited: 2008-01-16, 10:32 am
Often it is possible to save the sound file that the browser keeps in cache memory (I use Firefox and CacheViewer).
Is there anyway to get any of these on iPod? I'd love to listen to an old Japanese horror story.
Can anyone recommend a good streaming 24 hour station - through iTunes or whatever? Ideally, something that had relatively casual speech and not just business news, but anything is okay. Otherwise I download a 20 minute podcast and have it on in the background and then forget to play something else. I'd rather keep getting new input than listen to the same thing on repeat.
A radio station that played music and had casual DJs would be good if they weren't too over the top sounding.
Get keyholetv. (find out more @http://xorsyst.com/japan/watch-japanese-tv-online/). It takes up almost no room on your computer, it's free, and it's awesome. There are a whole bunch of Japanese TV stations (terebi tokyo, terebi asahi, fuji terebi, tbs, and lots of others) that stream live in a little window on your computer. There's anime, dramas, news, and lots of other things. The audio and video quality are far from hidef, but it's still great. I often have it on in the background so I get new input besides the stuff in my itunes library. It's cool because it's actually what Japanese people are watching in Japan at that moment. And you can tell which stations have good stuff on them because it shows the amount of current viewers. You should get it.
I knew there *had* to be a way to find Japanese streaming podcasts in iTunes. It's so obvious that I never found it.
At the bottom of the iTunes Store main page, just click on the dropdown list for store location and choose 日本語. Now when you click on Podcasts - all Japanese stuff comes up.
News, comedy, kids stuff (written キッズ instead of 子供), etc.
I strongly recommend the natsume souseki in this thread.
Some time ago, when I first saw I tought "aw, it must be so old that it is rotting". But it is not the case. If you did the same as me, bother to give it a second chance.
Anyone had success using Keyhole TV on a Mac?
I just figured something out that is going to make a huge difference to how I read Japanese.
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch (maybe others too) you can do this. In the properties of each track copy the transcript and paste it in the lyrics section. Then select it as an audiobook. Now you can read along while you listen really easily all within one file! Works really well with the only drawbacks being that the text is a little small and it doesnt retain your position in the lyrics (story) if you close out of the ipod section.
Since we dont just use one massive file but have it split up into chapters this isnt a problem. It would even be possible to do duel text in there with english following the japanese if you were keen. I havent found a limit to the amount of characters in there yet.