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Ding! Podstar Runner is a featured article, which means it showcases an important part of the Homestar Runner body of work and/or highlights the fine work of this wiki. We also might just think it's cool. If you see a way this page can be updated or improved without compromising previous work, feel free to contribute.


Alt versions for podcast

On the DVD version of dragon, the homsar easter egg is automatically enabled. They also did this on the new podcast version of the email. So, is there some place that we can note this on the page for that email? Should we create new an entirely new section for Podcast version on this page and all sbemails??? --Duke33 17:25, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Probably, yeah. — It's dot com 20:00, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


I was thinking about H*R toons on iPods THIS MORNING...!

RSS Feed

Now all they need is an RSS feed so you can put this right in iTunes as a podcast and download it straight to the iPod.. --AndrewNeo 18:25, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Maybe a fan can create one. Y'know, like this one. And no, I didn't mean that I would create one, either.—S*R 19:08, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
I could certainly do it. I would just assume this would be something we'd want the Brothers Chaps to do themselves. In any case, I'll break out Notepad and have something up in a bit. :) --AndrewNeo 20:11, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

-I Created one that you can subscribe to here: [1] The tags aren't all that great because I just created a category in Wordpress. But they're there and it works! Check it out - Brad Kovach

XHTML 1.0 Transitional

First time I can remember a DOCTYPE being declared. Can anyone confirm? -- Tom 19:54, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

It's a shame it doesn't validate. — InterruptorJones 03:49, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Podstar links

I added a new interwiki-style link to our repertoire. To link to one of the files, simply preface it with "Podstar:" (for example: Podstar:sb_email_japanese_cartoon.m4v). — It's dot com 19:58, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


What's with this weird picture we got here? Is this photoshopped or what?--Robert Benedicio 20:36, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Nope, the picture is from the .m4v of techno. Here's a screenshot of the scene in iTunes. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 20:57, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
Why is the wiki logo different? -You know who!
I customized it. See my monobook.css, about 25 lines down. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 21:09, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
That was cool.--— That is Truly an Apple/blog

21:16, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Can somebody transcript any custom animation it contains, like this Strong Bad thing? - Joshua 21:33, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


Has anybody noticed that the M4V videos have a much higher sound quality than the Flash files? Might seem a bit unfair for the "normal Flashers" at first, but if someone was to import the Flash file (which, if possible, would give us a load of vectors and so a nearly unlimited possibility of resizing) and mix its video track with the audio track of the M4V video, they could actually get megalomanic resolutions and a sound quality that beats the Flash file on the site. Anybody up to the task to make a proof-of-concept, HDTV-compatible Strong Bad Email? As long as it stays a non-redistributed proof-of-concept, it shouldn't be illegal. ~~Ravu 21:20, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Seems like a bit of a waste of time to me, but whatever. Anyway, in regard to your question: from what i've seen, it may not be as, ahem, "simple", as that. Most Flash decompiling programs manage to bugger up tweens etc as well as fonts. Then, on top of this, you usually need to fiddle with the .fla file you get at the end to get it to match up with the original .swf as mask layers etc often separate. Basically, it'd be some hassle.

Actually.. also its higher sound quality on the DVD's too so you could always just buy the dvds... 01:12, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Yes, you should buy the DVDs, because it supports TBC. By the way, I wouldn't spend any time on it, because it would end up being illegal since anything worth doing eventually ends up distributed. Even if it were legal, this talk page is not the place to solicit volunteers to work on it. — It's dot com 03:45, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Never wished to argue with that. Anyways, I was actually thinking about buying myself the Overkill Combo, but since it seems minors can't have credit cards over here in Austria, I'll have to put that off for the next few years (or ask somebody with a credit card). ~~Ravu 06:08, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
It is illegal. I study copyright law in my free time, and it is illegal. Sorry to crush your hopes and dreams, Bluebry 01:43, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Sound? Yeah, that's a good one. I can't get any sound at all. Not to mention, the video quality seriously sucks.--Jnelson09 00:02, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
Oh man! I am a complete idiot. The sound was off. No matter, I can just use the ones already there.--Jnelson09 00:06, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
Have they explicitly forbidden creating derivative works for the sole personal use by one single person now? If it isn't redistributed, I don't see where the problem lies. ~~Ravu 13:13, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

Link on Site

Is there a link to this page on the actual site besides the recently updated on the homepages? Like in downloads or something? That's where it should be.--Martin925 22:27, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

  • I noticed that too. I guess the answer is still no. -- 03:09, 25 June 2006 (UTC)


Hey, do you guys think there is any chance that they would release them on MP4 format so we (i) can watch them on Our (my) PlayStation Portable (PSP) System? either that, or is there some sort of Software or something that i could download so i could convert the M4V Files to MP4's?


Since theyve done m4p's they'll probablyn eventually do ones for the PSP. As for converting.. i have no clue lol. 01:14, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

yes they work on the psp- Freezestar

No, they dont. i checked it out, i even upgraded my Bloody psp, didnt work, and all my movies that i had on it couldnt be played. great job, Sony.


They don't work on the PSP. The videos available from the Podstar Runner page are encoded using H.264, and not MPEG-4. While giving it a better file size and reasonable video quality, it makes it incompatible with the PSP. --Tuquee 06:55, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Use PSPVideo9 to transcode the .M4v files. -CujoSR

mencoder sb_email_techno.m4v -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=896 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3:br=128 -o sb_email_techno.mp4

Let me know how that works for you, I'm not sure exactly what a PSP expects. --phlip TC 16:10, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Strange. It works on mine. PSP-1001 on the side. I update the PSP all the way and put it in the Video folder ([root folder]:\VIDEO folder). And then i just rename the extension to mp4 and throw it into the VIDEO folder. That's what I do. And they work. -- 03:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

When that post was written, PSP firmware 2.80 (or 2.81, I forget which) hadn't been released. That was the firmware that added .m4v support (and you don't need to rename them either). --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 09:16, 12 January 2007 (UTC)


do these files play on windows media player? (Or are they convertable to VuGo format?)-- Benol, aka Coach B 01:09, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

They are in H.264 video with AAC audio. I think there are codecs you can get for those for WMP. Person Man 02:01, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

No. It doesn't work. I just tried. Klaymation

Unfocused Floppy

discoveries of the deep?

So uh... Anybody figure out what the floppy is labled, the one that the iPod is resting against? All you... Decompilers or just those with good eyesight? And intuition? Thunderbird 01:57, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

I think the floppy says: Something of the Something. It's just too faded.-- Benol, aka Coach B 02:09, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Well, I searched Moby games for a DOS title with "of the" in it, and of around 250 results, the most likely canditate I could find was "discoveries of the deep". Does that look plausible to anybody? Thunderbird 00:36, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Definitely looks plausible. —FireBird|Talk 01:11, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Ditto that. --DorianGray
I added info for Discoveries of the Deep to the Floppy Disk Container article. Has Matt? (talk) 19:31, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Strong Sad's iPod? I think not.

That is not Strong Sad's iPod in the background, as stated on the wiki. It appears to be at least a 4G iPod, but its shape (especially the screen) is closer to that of the 5G iPod. Look at it--it has the gray clickwheel characteristic of 4G+ iPods. Strong Sad's is first- or second-generation. -Bruce

It doesn't look exactly like Strong Sad's iPod from the picture, but it is blurry, so details might not have been put in. Other times that this happens is when you see a zoomed-out picture of the Compy, and you cannot see the dial. Lets just see what others put in as well and then we will make final decisions. -Martin925 04:52, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Whoops. Didn't sign that last message--fixed. Anyway, here's the thing. The blur would make it hard to decide, except for the scroll-wheel. Notice it's gray. Strong Sad's iPod, as seen so far, has had a white scroll-wheel. The blur filter may obscure details, but it's not going to change the colors of anything. -Bruce 05:04, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
The width of the screen appears to be wider than Strong Sad's iPod, but quite like a video iPod.
The enlarged screen size and trademarked click wheel give it away that this iPod was designed to be a 5G iPod. However, note the headphone jack is plugged into the middle of the top of the iPod. That characteristic is not true with 5G iPods, which have the jack on the far right of the top. — Lapper (talk) 13:35, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Well, let's think about this for a minute. Who else in the Brothers Strong house (or anywhere else in FCUSA for that matter) owns an iPod? Mabye Strong Sad upgraded to a newer version or something. I agree, it's not the same one that we've seen before, but no one else has an iPod, so in my opinion, it has to be Strong Sad's. Has Matt? (talk) 13:50, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I concur. Is this already noted on the item's article, or have we yet to add it? — Lapper (talk) 15:31, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I thought the same exact thing as Has Matt? but I forgot to mention it. Who else would have an ipod? I think so far its Strong Sads, unless maybe in the future it is revealed that maybe Strong Bad got one or something.--Martin925 21:55, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Strong Bad with an iPod? Strong Bad thinks that flashlights are "the future of technology". Has Matt? (talk) 23:25, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Maybe the Cheat bought an iPod... I mean, we already know he likes Apple :P

Original Name

Since they changed the name from Strong Bad video podcasts, I think we should mention it in trivia.--Martin925 22:00, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

So... mention it. :) I'd do it but I haven't kept up with this page closely enough to know for sure what you're talking about. — It's dot com 22:22, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

What do I have to do?

What do I have to do to make Strong Bad pop up? I says wait a second after the email, what email it doesn't play any email. Bassium! m OCE

Please be more specific. After every Strong Bad Email featured, a short clip of Strong Bad should appear. — Lapper (talk) 23:46, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Oh, so you have to download the emails to watch the clips and stuff, well in that case nevermind. Bassium! m OCE


I could help with the PSP and iPod video conversion

I don't believe that creating PSP files for distribution would fall under fair use laws. Thanks for offering, though. — Lapper (talk) 15:44, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
While distribution of alternate versions would be illegal, converting it yourself to another format and playing it on your PSP would be considered fair use. Since the videos don't have DRM, they are not covered by the DMCA and the fair use exception can apply.
Creating a instructions to convert or a program that will do the converting would be fine (assuming you don't charge for it or anything). --SirNuke 01:22, 4 February 2006 (UTC)
This may be true, but I don't believe it falls under fair use. Just me. Bluebry 19:11, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Requires Quicktime?

Below external links it says that either iTunes or Quicktime is required to play these, but I must disagree. All that's needed is a player that can support the MOV file format, H264 decoding, and AAC decoding. The videos all play back perfectly on my computer without any sort of Apple "adware" installed. And it says that Quicktime version 6.0 is required, but I don't think that 6.0 can play H264 video. --Taku42 21:07, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

It can play H263, however. As for other programs, Quicktime and iTunes are the only two official programs that fully support and write .mov format. If you know of another that's as good as either of these, however, please say so. — Lapper (talk) 21:11, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
MPlayer (the almighty) has no problems. --phlip TC 05:26, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
The VideoLan Client ([2]) works really well. Which is a bit odd since VLC often has trouble with newer Quicktime files.--SirNuke 01:06, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

They may mean Quicktime 7, which I believe is the minimum requirement for iTMS videos.


Also, video is only supported in iTunes 6.0 and up, podcasts from version 4.9. So regarding either capability, the iTunes version in the article is incorrect. 01:24, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Brothers Chaps helped! wooh

I got a email, from them after i emailed them.

Quicktime Pro can convert a .m4v file to an .mp4 file or any other format for that matter.
Just open the file up in Quicktime and choose Export to put it in whatever format you need,
this way you shouldn't have a problem getting it onto you PSP.

Brothers Chaps

On Jan 31, 2006, at 9:08 AM, Beep wrote:

Hello, i noticed that you just put up Podstar Runner, for the iPod, well,
is it possible that you could do a different version, for the PSP? PSP uses the .mp4 files.

Thank You.

So...Wooh! --Coach J 18:53, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

The psp needs a thumbnail file too so just converting it to mp4 won't work (I've tried). PSP video 9is the easiest way, it creates a thumbnail file automatically. Get a big memory stick too, videos eat up space fast.

RSS feed oddities

I removed them from the article, because the odd things in the RSS feed (copyright tag, link tag) are because TBC copied the RSS example from Apple's website. I have emailed TBC about the tags, too. --AndrewNeo 00:19, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

¿Qué está el problema?

I downloaded the latest versions of quicktime and iTunes and these files won't run on my computer no matter what I try! The podcast won't even download, it keeps showing the same error! Is it because my comp uses windows? Does my computer hate me?-- Benol, aka Coach B 05:23, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Can't help you with the podcast. That's really too bad. :( But I can help you in other ways. Que and esta need é and á, and it's el problema. Tricky Spanish, eh? But sorry about the errors, and sorry that I'm no expert in iPods. —BazookaJoe 05:36, 14 February 2006 (UTC)
I don't even have an iPod, I just want to watch them on my comp so I can hear this so called "better sound quality".-- Benol, aka Coach B 12:11, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Today's top podcast!

Strong Bad Email is currently "Today's Top Podcast" in the iTunes Music store! — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:32, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

Get a screenshot while it lasts. =) It might come in useful. --DorianGray
Here's the screenshots:
I'm not sure if these should go on the page or not, though. — Lapper (talk) 06:43, 21 February 2006 (UTC)


I'm not sure if this can go anywhere on the page, but I figured I'd list the descriptions within iTunes for the episodes.

techno -- Some bozo asks about techno music.
japanese cartoon -- Strong Bad makes up his own japanese cartoon.
dragon -- Strong Bad starts a bad drawing revolution.
kids book -- Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book.
crying -- Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book. (whoops on their part, apparently)
bottom 10 -- From the home office in Scotsdale, AZ...
caffeine -- Strong Sad gets caffeinated.
virus -- A virus wreaks havoc on the Compy.

I wasn't exactly sure where to put this, but I figured it should at least be listed somewhere around here, so here it is. Spell4yr 07:58, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

lol, reading the edit history for the main page, I suppose I should have left my editorialized comments out of it, or put it separate or in italics or something. Sorry! (I didn't realize they fixed it, though; I guess I'll have to redownload it.) Spell4yr 19:10, 21 February 2006 (UTC)


Should we upload the previous emails on the mirror, seeing as they are not currently available from the official site? -FatPamPam

Probably not a good idea. --Jnelson09 18:29, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Guitar was a little earlier...

Y'know, Guitar actually was downloadable on the night of February 26th, not the 27th as it says here... maybe we should mention that... --The Experimental Film 21:58, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Well technically, the first five weren't released one after the other on seperate days, as it reads in the podcast, either. — Lapper (talk) 23:37, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Bandwith Issue

Since now on the website only the most recent is available, are the other emails unavailable through iTunes as well? I wouldn't know because I was already subscribed and had them on my computer before the problem occured.--Martin925 03:26, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately, yes, they are unavailable. All that appears in the list is "guitar". —FireBird|Talk 04:10, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
Was "bottom 10" ever even on iTunes? I tried to get it, but the podcast wasn't downloading it... --The Experimental Film 23:36, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it was. —FireBird|Talk 13:03, 13 March 2006 (UTC)


I see that the menu below virus is not in this version. How do they handle that scene where Homestar is picking up the words? Can we get a shot of that? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 16:10, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

The issue with the widescreen ratio and therefore pan and scan style of virus (.mp4) is already mentioned. The navbar is indeed cut off when Homestar picks up the words, if that's what you mean. — Lapper (talk) 16:13, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
Right. I'm curious what that looks like. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 16:14, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
I won't be able to get a screenshot up until I get home, as virus is currently undownloadable. However, it looks as though Homestar's head is pulling words up from nowhere. — Lapper (talk) 16:17, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
He is. Homestar pulls the words from nowhere.

podcastviruspic1cu.png --The Experimental Film 23:42, 28 February 2006 (UTC)


Does it cost anything to download? Strong Sader

Nope! It's free to download! – The Chort 15:12, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Relative linking

I'm still getting an error when clicking on the navbar links below the Podstar index. Is anyone else? Could they have fixed it and then broken it again when they updated? — It's dot com 04:14, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

They seem to be working fine for me... Maybe something's up on your end...? --DorianGray
Do they all work all the time? One of them worked at first and then stopped. — It's dot com 04:20, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
All of them work all of the time. --DorianGray
The first time I load the page, it works for the first link I try. Then it reverts to the relative linking behavior. — It's dot com 04:22, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
It works all the time for me (Flash 7/Fx 1.5/Linux) but looking at the source code it seems it hasn't been "fixed" by TBC at all - it's still relative linking, and there's nothing telling it to go to www.etc instead of podstar.etc. However the main_nav.swf is being loaded from www.etc. So I'm guessing some browsers/versions of Flash/whatever is taking the relative link relative to the page (which won't work) and others take it relative to the .swf (which will work). --phlip TC 04:49, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

File Sizes

The file sizes quoted on the podstar page are sort of innaccurate... In computing, the prefix "kilo", for example, can mean two things - the standard 103= 1000 or the more computer-friendly 210 = 1024 (computers, working in binary, are good for working with powers of 2). Megabytes can, by extension, be 1,000,000 (1000²) bytes or 1,048,576 (1024²) bytes. Usually the binary megabytes are used for things like RAM capacity, since that will always be a power of 2, and file sizes. Decimal megabytes are often used for hard disk capacities (to make them sound bigger, since the number on the box is bigger). (Because of the confusion, SI proposed the prefix Mebi, but it never really caught on.) However the filesizes quoted on the podstar page are such that 1MB = 1,024,000 bytes (1000×1024), which isn't correct either way. Most likely the computer gave the size in kB by dividing by 1024, and TBC then divided by 1000 to get MB. The only thing I know of which uses 1,024,000 megabytes is the 1.44MB floppy disk, which is 1.44×1024×1000 bytes.
The questions are: (1) Can the above be summarised into something suitable for a fun fact? Not so long as to ramble, as the above does, but not so short as to leave out any important information. (2) In the table at the bottom of the article, should we quote (a) the filesize from the podstar page, (b) The actual size in decimal megabytes, (c) The actual size in binary megabytes or (d) separate columns for both (a) and one of (b) or (c). At the moment it is (c), which gets my vote. --phlip TC 03:26, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

There is already the goof:
Many of the listed file sizes are inaccurate. The table below shows the correct file sizes.
and the listing below. What do you want beyond that? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:28, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't see that. Still, some explination of why they're inaccurate could be good, since that goof reads like "man, TBC are so dumb they couldn't even get the filesizes right" as opposed to "filesizes are more complicated than they look, and TBC got it wrong". --phlip TC 03:33, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Teen Girl Squadcast

It was released but the wiki hasn't recorded it. - Volbeat A The Cheat 05:23, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Oh wait, I just did that "purge" thing for the main page, and it says it, nevermind. Now all someone has to do here is add info on the article. - Volbeat A The Cheat 05:35, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

I's all done? Super! - Volbeat A The Cheat 05:42, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Time on iPod

Does 8:04 PM have any significance? Just wondering.--Jnelson09 16:04, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

I doubt it. — Seriously (Talk) 16:13, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Just something I noticed...

The description for different town in the XML feed is "How would Strong Bad make the town different?". For as long as I can remember (much earlier than March 13, 2006, anyways), the summary on the Wiki has been "How would Strong Bad make the town different?". It may just be a coincidence, but I doubt it. We know TBC have used the Wiki in the past. —FireBird|Talk 13:03, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

In any case, it looks like that's different from the original description: Steven WV writes in and askes Strong Bad what he would change in his town to make it better, and he sings a weirded-out song, in which he describes how he would change the characters. You'll have to see it to find out!. — Lapper (talk) 21:58, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
The description was set to that on 15 May 2005, the "Weeeehhhhhllllll" finally being removed today. --phlip TC 01:52, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Background's gone.

On the Podstar Runner page, the background is black now. Why?--Jnelson09 22:40, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

The background isn't black. The server is running a bit slowly, and you'll need to wait for the background to load. — Lapper (talk) 22:44, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

How do you access this on the homestar runner webstie?

Where is it?

Nikolce Kocovski 08:46, 27 March 2006 (UTC) -- Tom 08:52, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
It's linked from the New button on the main pages... I don't think it's linked to anywhere else on the site though. --phlip TC 10:16, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

How do you acces it through the Homestar runner website?

Nikolce Kocovski 04:26, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

He just said. That rotating button on the main pages that flashes through the updates. The last of its options usually is Podstar Runner. - Joshua 04:50, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Podstar Summaries

Hey, should we place the Podstar Runner summaries on the pages of the emails/TGS...s? Example:

(from [[dragon)

"Check out all his majesty."

Kaizer wants to know if Strong Bad can draw a dragon.

Podstar Runner Summary: Strong Bad starts a bad drawing revolution.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Trogdor, Coach Z, Strong Mad, Homsar (Easter egg), Strong Sad

Places: Computer Room

I know it sounds stupid, but, I think it's information that needs to be noted. Bluebry 01:37, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

It is already noted. Check the Fun Facts. Has Matt? (talk) 21:47, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, should it be noted up there if people are missing it? Bluebry 22:10, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

You know what?

Maybe the Bros. Chaps should start uploading these to Google Video Beta.

Y2K (15px-Crystal_Clear_app_xchat.png15px-Crystal_Clear_app_kedit.png15px-Crystal_Clear_app_email.png) 05:17, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

I doubt they would want to, considering the terms of use. -- Tom 07:05, 13 May 2006 (UTC)
OK. Well, I've noticed a bug. If you add the podcast to Windows Live, and try to read the description, the .m4v file starts playing automatically where the description should be (if you have QuickTime 6.0 or later).

Nevermind the Bullocks (no, I'm not from England),
Y2K (15px-Crystal_Clear_app_xchat.png15px-Crystal_Clear_app_kedit.png15px-Crystal_Clear_app_email.png) of the Corn Army, 08:33, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Not a valid Podcast URL?

Anyone else having problems with the podcast? Using iTunes 6.0.5 (on OS 10.4.7), when I try to update it says:

"Strong Bad Emails & More!" does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL.

Please check that you have entered the correct URL and try again.

I have checked, and the URL is correct.

Benabik 20:15, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Try clicking this link, which will bring it up in the iTunes Music Store:
If you'd rather enter it manually, the correct URL is: — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 02:51, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

This specific piece of trivia: Are you sure?

When the email ends and returns to the animated iPod menu, "" is highlighted. However, the animated menu at the beginning of the email has "Email" selected. The iPod's memory should keep the selection where it was when you left it, not move back to the top.

I only have a 4G iPod, so it may not apply to this, but every time it finishes up a playlist or album, it goes back to the main menu and the top word (Music) is highlighted. But you guys can go ahead and prove me wrong by doing it on your fancy-pants video iPods. I don't mind, really. --Mashi 18:33, 23 July 2006 (UTC)

My iPod Video goes back to Music on the main menu when it's done playing, as well. But it remembers its position in other menus. -- 17:23, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Missing videos

Now that I actually have an iPod, I'm kind of miffed that bottom 10, crying and caffeine were removed from the podcast itself on iTunes. They can still be downloaded off the server from direct linking, yes, but it won't go on my iPod in the podcast section with the rest, and I'm a stickler for organization. Any idea WHY they were removed to begin with? Evan 05:57, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Zip File

Does anybody have a zip file containing everything on Podstar Runner? It would be kinda helpful. --Gooblies 15:45, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

NEWS UPDATE!!!!: Podstar Runner on PSP

If you download the latest firmware update, v 2.80, you can subscribe to the podstar runner podcast via RSS and save podstar toons directly to your psp in the /VIDEO folder! More news at 11:00.-- Benol, aka Coach B 19:46, 3 August 2006 (UTC)


The link to caper doesn't work anymore. —Einstein runner (thorax.pngfile_icon.gifmail_icon.gif) 23:50, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I guess the hiatus since the previous update was so long, the other videos are now hard to download.

Exclusive Content?

I've just bought an iPod and I'm wondering if any of the Podstar Runner content is exclusive. I watch stuff on the site often and want to know if I've been missing anything.

I think most of the differences are noted in Podstar Runner#Fun Facts. -- Tom 17:35, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

podcast working?

I've been trying from multiple locations to download the podcasts. I have a DS3 at work and I get nothing. Something broke?

It works fine for me. Sometimes the server gets overloaded though... they're big files, after all... especially whenever a new one comes out. If that happens just wait and try again. --phlip TC 13:50, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Creative Zen

Is there any way to make these compatible with a Creative Zen Vision player?

Video iPod?

I know this is a stupid question, but is these emails for only video ipod or all ipods?-- 03:01, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Oh, and I was the one that said that above. I just wasn't logged in.--Ava 03:03, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

If the iPod plays videos, it will work. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 03:04, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

I think what he means is, if you download a email to a non-video ipod, will you still be able to hear the email, even though you can't see it?-LordQuackingstick 03:24, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

I'll take this, since no one seems to know the answer. Yes, you can still view a video-podcast on a 4G iPod (that supports podcasts) by viewing the podcast from the Music menu instead of the Video → Video Podcasts menu. It plays the video-podcast as a regular podcast; with only audio. I'm about 90% sure of this, since it can be done this way on a 5G iPod. — Lapper (talk) 06:34, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't suppose the second generation iPod nano does podstar?

My understanding is that the iPod Nano doesn't play any video files. so it wouldn't be able to play podstar runner videos. Trey56 01:47, 16 January 2007 (UTC)


My sister wants to watch it. But it's been removed. From both sides. (This article and the Podstar page on the H*R site). What I mean is, the link's broken. -- 23:29, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

No it isnt... I just went on it.--X66x66 23:41, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Only 18 SBEmails are kept on the Podstar Runner site at a time. You can still watch it on the official site, or you could download the Podstar version from YouTube using a service such as --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 23:47, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
*attempting Strong Bad speech* Or maybe Save! -- 02:57, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Binary Technology description added?

When decoded, the description of technology is "Ç,:«�" (Not including quotations) Should that be added to trivia or something? Steve Talk Contributions 23:23, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, the binary string is 37 bits (in a row), so it's not going to decode correctly in 7-bit or 8-bit ASCII, or any of the Unicode formats, 'cause it's not a whole number of characters. It might be worth noting that the number in binary is 106930066790 in decimal, like on technology, but I think it's just too trivial. If you're curious, you can check out the conversation that came up over this last time, but there's not much there. Just remember, it's important to note the difference between binary, which is just a way of representing numbers, and ASCII, which is one of many ways of making those numbers represent letters and symbols. It's reasonable to assume that the string of 1s and 0s is binary, but it's not ASCII. --phlip TC 09:16, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Much mirroring to be done, please

Ok, the following links seem to have been removed and can no longer be downloaded:

I'd mirror them if I could, but I never downloaded them while they were up. Could someone who has please mirror them? Dr. Clash 04:02, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Title Download
crying download
bottom 10 download
caffeine download
different town download
personal favorites download
death metal download
crazy cartoon download
trevor the vampire download
stunt double download
best thing download
It's weird that ten out of fifty-three don't work. And it's not like they are the first ten released or anything. How long have you noticed this? I wonder if it's a short term thing. -- Tom 04:30, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
I knew personal favorites was down since early February, since someone posted it on the talk page, but I just realized last night that all these were down. I do know that a few, like trevor the vampire, stunt double, caffeine, and a few others were up at Christmas, seeing as my friend put them on his iPod around that time. Anyway, could anyone mirror them soon? I'm getting an iPod this weekend, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants these emails on the go :P Dr. Clash 21:45, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Seriously, not to be a nag, but does anyone have these files? The wiki is kinda incomplete without them. I'd do it myself if i could. Dr. Clash 00:38, 9 March 2007 (UTC)


Ok, I noticed a few glitches when watching some toons. for one, when watching theme park, the video freezes when before the cut to Pom Pom and Bubs, but the audio keeps going. You can keep going by fast forwarding a few seconds, but it still always freezes at the same place. Also, with TGS's 6-12, they all start off somewhere in the middle of the cartoon (the same place every time), but pressing the left button brings the toon back to the beginning. However, pressing the center button and scrolling to a certain time will always snap you back to a specific point in the toon. For example, fast forwarding anywhere in TGS7 always snaps to the "dipped it in salt" line. Also, holding the right button just blacks out the toon and brings you back to the menu. I know that it's not just my iPod that does these things, seeing as my friend's does the exact same things, but does anyone else have these problems, too? Dr. Clash

These peoples try to fade me

The reason I'm guessing that this was released was because the version on the CD (which I have) was not compatible with a 5G iPod (which I also have). I put the CD version on iTunes before, but it just said the video "...cannot be played on this iPod". The m4v version worked. DEI DAT VMdatvm center\super contra

iPod Question

I have the the first gen iPod, that (as far as I know), doesn't play video. Will it play Podcasts? Kaine 00:52, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

No, the podcasts are only videos.--The Goblin!! 01:30, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
Pardon my french, but ****! Kaine 01:59, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Dead's gone.-

What's gone? User talk:Sam the Man Sam the Man 16:32, 23 September 2007 (UTC) 16:34, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Oh noes! :( --Sysrq868 16:52, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
So, could someone start making a mirror of the podcasts? Homestar-Winner (talk) 16:55, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
At least people can't download them and post them on YouTube now. Bad Bad Guy 19:43, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Use for the mirror making The Goblin!! 20:26, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Cool. I'd never heard of that website before. But only sysops can make mirrors. Homestar-Winner (talk) 20:47, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Man I just got a new iPod...Is there anyway I can get all of the Podcasts onto my iPod?
...So... How about that mirror-making? :D I just got a new iPod nano and I'm itching to get some Homestar on it. >_> Thrashmeister 14:11, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

Mirror of Podcasts

Can mirrors of the podcast be put up so the ones that were available before it was shutdown be available for download? If so let me know. I think it is a good idea. I really want the email virus.--ONESTOP 19:01, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

One problem I fear will come from making mirrors (No, I do not have the rights or the podcasts): If the service was shut down because too many people posted their podcasts online (I hope you get the irony) then putting them up for download on our website wouldn't do TBC any good. Bad Bad Guy 14:22, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Moto Q and Flash Question

Could any of the podcasts be viewed on a Motorola Q with Windows Media Player? Is there also an early flash file for the page still having the podcasts on?


I just got a new iPod, and was really disappointed when I realized that you couldn't download the podcasts anymore. Does anyone know why the podcasts were taken off the site? --Biscuithead1293 21:32, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

My theories:
  1. TBC got sick of people downloading podcasts of their internet cartoons and posting them on the internet (I'd be happy to explain the irony if it isn't obvious already)
  2. The iPod Touch has an internet brower so they thought people could already use that to watch h*r on an iPod. Bad Bad Guy 21:37, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, but I just got an iPod Touch, and you can't view flash files on it. --Biscuithead1293 22:20, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

the Real theory: BANDWIDTH. 10 MB apiece+ most popular thing on itunes = instant death of website. Sneakernets 05:01, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
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