Podcasting Help

Think of a podcast as a radio show. Each show consists of a series of individual episodes that you can listen to when and where you want — on your PC or Mac, using your MP3 player, or with just a web browser.

You can listen to episodes one at a time (say using your web browser) or you can ‘subscribe’ to the entire podcast series using software on your PC or Mac (generally it does not cost anything to subscribe). When you subscribe to a podcast, all new episodes will be automatically downloaded to your computer as they are published. And if you have an MP3 player, the next time you sync your device, your podcasts will be downloaded for listening on the go.

Listen on the Web

Find an episode you want to listen to and just click the “Listen” button to hear it on the Web. And if you like what you hear, you can save the file to your computer by choosing “save as” from your browser’s “file” or “page” menu. Or subscribe to the entire podcast.

Subscribe

To subscribe to a podcast you like, click the “subscribe” button found near the podcast listing. When you click “subscribe”, you’ll actually be downloading a small text file called a “podcast feed”. This tells your music software (like Yahoo! Music Engine or Apple iTunes) what podcast to subscribe to. Then you will receive notifications of new episodes whenever they become available.

Download

If you just want a copy of a particular episode, you don’t have to subscribe. You can just right click the “Listen” button to save the media file to your hard disk. Then, you can manage it and play it like you would any other audio file.

On the Go

If you want to listen to a podcast on your MP3 player, it’s easy. Just download the episode to your computer, or subscribe to the series, and use your music software (Yahoo! Music Engine or Apple iTunes) to transfer it to your MP3 player.

Please see the Wikipedia entry on podcasting or Podcast 411 for more information.

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