I finally decided to subscribe to Japanesepod101. I need to do something to improve my Japanese listening skills and the podcasts I have listened to so far do seem useful. Compared to the cost of my Japanese lessons the service is not expensive at $25 a month.
They provided a way to import these into iTunes but I am running into technical problems. Some of the files just stop downloading with no errors and others give me errors that seem to be related to invalid URLs. iTunes also keeps losing my password for the podcasts even though I checked the box for this to be remembered. I have never tried to do this before and I had expected it to be much easier. So far I have 1830 files – sounds like a lot but this has been running for around 24 hours now and there are still another 2400 to go.