To have your podcasts play in sequence, they key is to have matching metadata entries in the ID3 tags for the individual episodes.
Editing these fields, the genre, and artist entries must match for the episodes. As long as the titles of the tracks are in sequence, the player will run them in order automatically.
On my player, for example, the artist is BBC World Service, the album is Global News, and the genre is of course podcast. As long as the genre is “podcast” the player “steals” the playlist and places everything into podcasts. Using any one of several ID3 tag editors, MP3Tag being a favorite, as long as the episodes are in sequence, they will stream in order.
I currently use the RSS feed function in Internet Explorer to pull daily episodes of several podcasts, then Windows Media Player handles the playlists. If you use Windows Media Player, the play sequence can be set automatically for each podcast, as simply as dragging the episodes into the desired order as a playlist. I use the Clip Zip’s automatic podcast capture to move them to the proper location under books > podcasts by simply having the correct genre entered.
It sounds more difficult than it actually is.
Windows Media Player has a tag editor that will show you what the existing tags are, and will allow you to edit them with a simple click. If you’re running Windows 7 , there is a super handy little shortcut if you use Windows Explorer. If you click on any podcast file, the information displayed at the bottom of the screen can be edited right there if you simply run your mouse pointer over the individual fields at the bottom of the screen. You can right click on the file itself, and select properties_,_ and you can even edit them there.
In short, whichever method you find most comfortable will work fine. The trick is to have each podcast have matching artist and album fields, and the player will run through them automatically without interruption.
Let us know which method you’re comfortable with, and we can walk you through the process.