Category: Podcasting

Google Play Music: An FAQ

In October, 2015, our very own Rob Walch ate paper. No, really, he ate paper. Why? Because Google announced that podcasting would be joining Google Play Music, meaning Android would finally have a native podcast directory. Guess what… It’s here! That’s right, podcasts in Google Play Music has gone live.

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Troubleshooting Show Updates in the iTunes Store

Hellooo podcasters! This is Krystal from the Libsyn support team, and we wanted to let you know about an issue many producers are running into – and what you can do to fix it, or avoid it all together. Note, this affects all podcast shows, not just shows hosted as

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Changes Coming to the iTunes Submission Process

Howdy! This is Krystal from over at Libsyn support, and we wanted to let you in on some changes to the iTunes submission (plus some other interesting new features iTunes appears to be rolling out). Before we get started, it’s important to note these changes are still being updated by iTunes,

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Podcasting For Two Years, Now What?

There are times that you earn the right to wax poetic about podcasting. When you podcast for two years, you’ve earned that right. When you’ve podcast for two years and you’re still learning, iterating and evolving, then you need to share that, like, now. Meet Prescott from The Busy Creator

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Podcast Musings 2015

Podcasting schoolin’ As a podcast producer and podcast host, I love to look back and see if I did any kind of learning this year. After doing this podcasting thing for 9 plus years, and learning from my own personal podcasting experience as well as having a chance to work

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Libsyn Has A New Player!

  Libsyn Has A New Player! You heard that right! We totally have a new player! And it’s very pretty. And handsome. And nice. And chic. And just super cool! And OH-SO shareable! This update has been in the pipeline for a looooong time and it’s finally out! Thank you

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Bonus Episode: Spotify Partners With Libsyn And Podcasting

Download MP3 Quick Episode Summary: Our big announcement! Rob reads the one-sheet that Spotify sent to their partners – and we’re one of the partners! 2:39 What does this mean to you as a Libsyn user? You have a Spotify destination that’s how. A little back story on the relationship.

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Podcasting Voices: Podcasting Happiness in 2015 is…

Another year. Some say this is THE year of the podcast (we’ll revisit that prediction December 2015.) Eyes and ears are upon the podcasting industry. Some of us have been at this for half a decade or more and others of us are just starting to tap into the well

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From Podcaster to Podcaster Collaborative Blog Series 2014

It’s time to get our collective insights and wisdom together so we can learn from those of us that are in the trenches of this podcasting world! When we share what we’ve learned with each other, we can, not only share our experience driven knowledge but also share the reality

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Collaborative Halloween Episode!

I got this crazy idea…. I’m not a fan of Halloween. I don’t think I’ve ever aligned with the celebration. Every year I completely ignore it. That’s not an option anymore, as I have a 5 year old that is SO EXCITED, and a two year old that loves loves

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R.I.P. Enhanced Podcasts in GarageBand and Updates to Podcasts App

GarageBand Update Let’s start off with the latest update to GarageBand released by Apple at yesterday’s Apple event. The biggest change those that have downloaded Mavericks and the newest version of GarageBand have noticed is that the podcast track has been removed. You can still record and continue to edit

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Your Podcast Elevator Pitch in 140 Characters

It doesn’t seem like it can be done right? Sharing your podcast in 140 characters or less. There’s just so much more to say. You are just SO much more than 140 characters. Humor me. This is an exercise. An exercise in getting clear. An exercise on learning how to

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Podcasting Luminary: Dave Jackson

You do know Dave Jackson, no? If you happen to not know him, he is one of the old school podcasters. He started podcasting in April 2005! Wowza! Two years short of a DECADE of podcasting! He’s been a teacher and source of inspiration via his long running podcast about

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The iTunes Mini Player No Longer Plays Enhanced Podcasts

  In the latest version of iTunes 11.0.4 (4) enhanced podcasts no longer play the way that they used to With an enhanced podcast, the podcaster is able to set chapter markers and individual images that go along with those markers. In iTunes, when playing these enhanced podcasts you were

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The Top 6 Reasons To Quit Your Podcast

This is a guest post by Caleb Bacon. This article was originally published on the Huffington Post. Podcasting is one the greatest DIY movements ever. Inspired do-it-yourselfers from around the globe have filled the iTunes Store with nearly 250,000 podcasts. However, I believe the next phase in podcasting is quitting.

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When Your Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Let’s quickly talk about the different types of artwork that you have for your podcast. I’m going to get all pre-school teacher on you and color code the types of artwork to make absolutely sure that you are clear. 1. Show Level Podcast Artwork This is the lovely artwork that

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Podcast Consumption as easy as Angry Birds

Consuming Podcasts on mobile devices has come a long way since Libsyn started 8 ½ Years ago (Nov 2004). In the early days consuming a podcast on a mobile device took a lot of work by the end users. First listeners needed to download a special program like iPodderX – then

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The Power of Audio Podcasting

We know the power of audio Although we host audio and video podcasters, we do have a special place in our hearts for audio. There is something about an audio podcast that is quite special – and it seems that the good people at CrazyEgg are also sharing a bit

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Congratulations to all the Podcast Award Winners

The Podcast Awards took place on the evening of January 8 during the New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by the amazing Leo Laporte and live streamed via Ustream. It was an amazing night celebrating podcasting and bringing together so many talented and committed content

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Happy teens jumping in the air

Podcaster Voices: Podcasting Happiness in 2013 is…

We started by asking podcasters what was the hardest podcasting related thing that they had to overcome in 2012. We got answers. We continued by asking podcasters to share a few lessons learned about podcasting in 2012. We got some amazing responses. We now finish up our first series of

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The Best Podcasting Posts on The Libsyn Blog for 2012

Looking back at the year we’ve gathered up all the best posts all about podcasting that have been the most popular, contain tons of podcasting tips or were simply moments in the podcasting space that started to shift something within the industry in 2012 It’s great reading to start your

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Where are all the women at? Part 2

Below is an article I wrote for Blogger and Podcaster Magazine back in Sept 2007 called – Hey where are all the Women at? The article went over the lack of women in podcasting at that time. I thought it would be interesting to follow up on this article to

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If You Have A Favorite Podcast, Give Them This

Free Gifts For Your Favorite Podcaster! You know that favorite podcast that always gives you exactly what you need, information about something, how-tos of your latest passion, a ton of laughter, great conversation, or simply time to virtually be part of an online virtual community…why not give them a little

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From Podcaster to Podcaster Collaborative Blog Series

Hello Podcasters! We are always looking for innovative ways to share valuable podcasting information as well as help you grow your own audience. Here’s our newest endeavor! We’re doing a 3 part blog series to celebrate the end of this year called Podcaster Voices: Key Podcasting Insights of 2012 and

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Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: Tiny Odd Conversations

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community! Q & A with Travis from Tiny Odd Conversations When did you start podcasting? We released our first episode

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New Mommy Media recording a podcast

Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: The Shows of New Mommy Media

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community! Q & A with Sunny Gault from Preggie Pals and more When did you start podcasting? I produced my

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Check Out Our Sessions at Podcamp Pittsburgh 7

The Podcamp Pittsburgh kick-off party starts in just a few hours – we are super excited to get to spend the weekend talking shop with some of our favorite customers and folks who are new to podcasting. Rob and Elsie from our team have put together some great presentations for

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Podcasting Support on Windows 8?

Is it happening? Well, it can. It’s up to you. Speak up and let them now ASAP that you want to have built in podcast support on Windows 8. Do it for podcasting. Go here and leave a comment…NOW. C’mon podcasters, this is when it counts! Share the link on

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Podcaster Panic Fueled By Feedburner Broken Counting Code

It seems that the podcasting community has been all aflutter due to some weirdness going on with Feedburner that started this Friday September 21. The problem as stated on their blog: We have been encountering difficulties with our stats production pipeline for data representing Sept 19th and 20th, 2012. We

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Variety covering podcasts!

It’s always nice when an industry publication recognizes that podcasts are moving into mainstream. Whether or not that’s a good thing or not can be debated, but regardless it’s happening. What’s so great about this transition is that the voice of Marc Maron has maintained a great sense of groundedness

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Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight To Blogger

Blogger OnPublish is Out! We’ve been asking for your feedback on Twitter and on our Facebook Page. We note everything you guys say…and you wanted Blogger support. So here it is! The process is the same as when you publish for WordPress, Twitter and Facebook through OnPublish, everything is done

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An Ecclectic Mix of Great Podcasts For The Summer

Summer time, such a fantastic time to discover new podcasts We asked on our Facebook Page to get some suggestions of great podcast listening for the summer. Here is a great little list for you to discover some great content, described by the podcasters themselves 🙂 Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Podcasting roadblocks

Break Through Roadblocks To Increase Your Listeners

What are the hardest roadblocks toward getting new listeners for your podcast? The potential listeners that I’m referring to here, are not those that are familiar with podcasts. I’m talking about those people that you know would love your content but are not techy, nor do they include iTunes in

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Can Facebook Help Podcasters Grow Our Audience?

Have you guys heard of what SocialCam has been able to do in a short period of time? According to Business Insider it looks like Facebook helped them explode to 75 million users in 15 months! In my humble opinion, I don’t think Facebook did it. I think Facebook helped

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Ready, Set, Boom! There it is Apple’s Standalone Podcast App

Did you see it yet? Holy bjeezus Apple just released it’s own new standalone app for Podcasts. Key Features: It’s FREE Subscribe, stream or download Browse and discover tweet, message and email podcasts with direct link The usual: Catalogue, Categories, Featured and Search Manages your subscriptions Streaming Radio What do

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Top Comedy Podcasts Host On Libsyn and LibsynPRO!

We browse around iTunes periodically, you know, checking things out… Scanning through the categories… Checking out the featured and new and notables…. And guess what we found… We are currently hosting 95% of the top Audio Comedy Podcasts! That’s the coolest thing ever! We are beyond honored to be able

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Podcast Specific Thumbnail Graphics for your Facebook Page!

OMG! Is our awesome web/graphic superhero the coolest or what? Here’s the deal: our FABULOSO Chuck, the one we all go pounce on whenever we need anything graphic/web related over at libsyn, just created a gazillion little Facebook Page tab thumbnail images for YOU!!! Those in the above graphic are

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Libsyn OnPublish Now For Facebook Pages!

Remember the cool functionality to easily cross-post your favorite episodes over to twitter and Facebook via our sweet OnPublish feature? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about check it out here) New Facebook OnPublish Features One of the BIGGEST features that you requested was being able to cross-post

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Libsyn Has Gone To The Dogs…

Yep, we’ve gone to the dogs….literally, and we are looking for other animals too. And why are we looking for animals? Animal Appreciation Week of course! Animals bring people together. Pets brings us joy and laughter. Pets entertain us and love us. Animals teach us a thing or two… Kinda

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Podcasting Wisdom From The Very Best

Keeping up with this podcasting thing is not easy. We’ve been in the podcasting game since 2004 and have seen a gazillion podcasts (and that’s a total fact) come through libsyn. We’ve observed the longevity of podcasts for almost a decade. Here is just one very important piece of data:

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16 Amazing Rockin’ New Podcasts

We’ve got a really awesome series dedicated to featuring and promoting podcasts that are new to us. These podcasts are absolute new podcasts or established podcasts that have recently started hosting with us. Although the questions that we ask are the same, each feature highlights the wonderful diversity and insight

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Podcasting Advice From Mom

Podcasting Advice From Mom s One of the most powerful qualities about motherhood is our voice. Our voice will be heard by our children, long past the time they’ve left home. I know that I still hear my Mother’s voice somewhere deep inside me, sometimes it’s great, and other times,

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Awesome New Podcaster Facebook Timeline Pages

What do you think of the new Timeline for Facebook Pages? Some podcasters have done a great job getting their timeline pages updated. We recently asked our podcasters via Twitter and Facebook to share their newly pimped out timeline pages with us and here is what we got! A little

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Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Recovery People

The kind of reach and impact podcasting can have is not exclusive to entertainment or creative self expression. It can also become a powerful tool for vital community support that serves very specific needs within society. Recovery People has built their podcast directly being of service to a community whose

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Podcasting Luminaries: The Manic Mommies

Working mothers talking about motherhood, kids, life, parenthood and everything else! Who would have thought that it would be going on for 7 years this July. That is indeed impressive. Kristin and Erin the Manic Mommies have managed to consistently publish content, build raving fans, have a yearly Mom Escape

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Podcast Artwork Specs For iTunes Now 1200 x 1200

Things are a changing over at iTunes. We sense some pretty big changes coming this way for podcasting! Please Note: iTunes artwork is now 1200 x 1200 pixels At the time of this writing, the tech specs on the Apple website still state the prior specs. Changes will be amended

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Mylibsyn: The Easy Way To Make Your Podcast Premium

We are so excited to be able to introduce Mylibsyn! Mylibsyn is the power to offer your audience access to your Premium Content across all platforms in a totally simple way. We know that you’ve had ideas to monetize your podcast. We know that you’ve been wanting to offer more

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Podcasters Dominating at SXSW! Show Up and Represent!

Who’s been hanging at SXSW? Well, it seems we have a crew of powerfully awesome libysn podcasters rockin’ the house! Live podcasting at SXSW ftw! Doug Benson – Doug Loves Movies Kelly Carlin- Waking from the American Dream Greg Proops- The Smartest Guy In The World Scott Aukerman- Comedy Bang

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Libsyn is at BlogWorld LA! #bwela

Are you ready? We certainly are 🙂 If you are going to BlogWorld LA come on by and visit Booth 421. We would love to see you! And guess what? Come on by for a chance to win a free month!

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Your Favorite Podcasting Microphones

Man do podcasters love their microphones! And it seems that there are a lot of podcasters interested in knowing more about what microphone to use as well as what others use. We asked on twitter: What’s your favorite podcasting microphone? It certainly was a lively conversation! I’m amazed by all

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Podcasting Luminaries: Danny Pena (Gamertag Radio)

Danny Pena and Gamertag Radio have been rockin’ the podcasting world since 2005. During these past 6 years GTR has been featured by high profile main stream media and has steadily built a devoted following. GTR continues to innovate with their Podcast App which features exclusive content as well as

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Who Says Podcasting Has Lost Steam?

There was a recent article on podcasting that alluded to the fact that perhaps no one is really listening to podcasts anymore. Well, we here at libsyn beg the differ. In order to celebrate podcasting, podcasters and all their work, we will be showcasing some of our longest running podcasts,

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Podcasting Luminaries: Dan Carlin

Podcasting since 2005, Dan Carlin has built a steady, strong and powerful body of work, as well as an engaged following. Make sure you check out and subscribe to Hardcore History and Common Sense with Dan Carlin…if you don’t, you are seriously missing out. Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are

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Podcasting Luminaries: Polymer Clay

Ilysa and Kira have been podcasting for over 4 years, and in that amount of time have created an incredible community and business all flowering from their awesome podcast Polymer Clay. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE! Have you found that social media has expanded your listener base/reach? Social media has made

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Featuring Podcasting Luminaries: Phedippidations with Steve Runner

Steve Runner from Pheddipidations (“Fed-hip-id-ay-shuns”) has been podcasting since July 4, 2005. A true and steady podcasting pioneer, steady, inspiring, determined and an all around lovely man. Check out what’s kept him going and as always SUBSCRIBE! Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you podcasting? I produce Phedippidations both for

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Grammar Girl on the Go!

Check out Libsyn Podcaster Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl who has had a very busy summer.  Early this month she was interviewed by NPR’s Talk of the Nation.  You can listen to the entire interview here. This week she tweeted that she was on her way to Mountain View, CA

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Best Ways To Grow Your Podcast Audience: Summer Time!

More listeners please! The podcasters call to arms. Although there are some tangible and tactical ways to grow your audience, there is a yet another opportunity that sometimes is left untouched by many of us podcasters… Summer Time! I’ll focus specifically on summer time at this moment, as that’s the

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Remember When Podcasting Was For Geeks?

Remember when podcasting was for geeks? When I got into podcasting the majority of podcasts that were available were technology podcasts. In fact they used to dominate the iTunes store. It seems that we are now headed into a different era of podcasting, at least according to some of our

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Podcast Clean Up: WordPress 101 Permalink Power

What Are Permalinks? In the podcasting world, these would be the unique url or location of each of your shownotes/posts on your blog. You can find the permalink for each and every one of your posts by looking up at the browser’s address bar. According to Wikipidia: A permalink, or

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Rob Walch at Blogworld Expo NY 2011 #BWENY

Our very own Rob Walch will be speaking at Blogworld Expo NY May 25th! Check out Rob here: Yes, Virginia, They Do Pay For Advertising- The Big Advertising Panel Yes, “they” do pay “real” money to advertise in digital media – and they’re paying more every year. Join this panel

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Facebook For Podcasters (Part 1)

As podcasters, any social media strategy we choose to use to help us better connect with our audience is all about OUR unique and individual audience. There are certain podcasts whose audience is primarily voice feedback and emails, others are all about twitter conversations, for others audience engagement is solely

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Twitter For Podcasters

There are tons of podcasters that are currently using Twitter as another way to enhance relationships with existing listeners as well as to extend their reach. In this post we’ll assume that you already know about Twitter and either already have a twitter account or are ready to jump on

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Podcast Clean Up: Have You Edited Your ID3 Tags Today?

Do you know what your ID3 tags are? First let’s just get a quick definition: ID3, according to id3.org means “IDentify an MP3.” Although this definition refers particularly to MP3s (due to it’s origin) it doesn’t pertain specifically to MP3s, in fact there are other audio formats whose ID3 tags

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Connect. Support. Japan.

Our hearts go out to Japan and all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Podcasters in Japan! Reach Out! Here at libsyn we host a substantial amount of podcasts that are both in and from Japan. We would love to hear from you. If you happen to produce and

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Beyond the Oscars: Podcast Style

The Oscars are this weekend! I’m sad to say that I have not watched ONE of the nominated films for ANY category. Podcasting working Mamas of toddlers can’t have it all 😉 But we do have podcasts. In lieu of being able to go the movies, or even watch the

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Marketing Your Podcast- Keywords

How would you feel if you walked into your neighborhood grocery store and the isles no longer had descriptions of what was in the isles, and to make it worse, everything was randomly put on the shelves: milk with make-up, flour with vegetables, etc. How in the world would you

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