I’m way late to the game on this one. Huffduffer is a service that I’ve heard mentioned several times on different podcasts, but I recently checked it out for the first time. Huffduffer has been described as the Instapaper for audio files, and the description is appropriate. The idea behind Huffduffer is that you can take individual audio files, including individual episodes of podcasts, and easily get them into your favorite podcast client.

I’ve found the most convenient way to do this is through a Huffduffer bookmarklet you install into your browser’s bookmarks. Find an audio file on a website, and tap the bookmarklet. A new page will open where you can specify or modify meta data for the file, such as a title and tags.1 Tap one more button, and the audio file is added to your individualized Huffduffer “podcast.”

The podcast is just a feed of all the content you save into Huffduffer. To get this content into your podcast client, grab the RSS link from your Huffduffer profile page, hop over to your podcast client, and add it as a podcast. This differs depending on the app, but in Overcast, you tap the “+” symbol at the top right, then tap “Add URL,” and then paste in the RSS link you copied from your Huffduffer account.

After you do this, you’ll see your Huffduffer account listed among your other podcasts. Tap to open that podcast, and you’ll see the audio files you sent into Huffduffer.

Huffduffer is great when you want to grab a single episode of a podcast without subscribing to a show’s entire feed. With the recent kerfuffle over the changes (and then more changes) to TextExpander, I wanted to see what others thought of it. I added a few different podcasts to my Huffduffer account, and have been able to listen to them in Overcast.

Sometimes the best stuff is the stuff right before your eyes, even if you haven’t bothered to check it out.

  1. If you don’t see the page, make sure it hasn’t opened in the background. I found this was happening on my iPhone.