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What Is Podcasting?

Podcasting is a great way to receive audio and video files over the Internet at no cost. Podcast feeds deliver audio/video broadcasts to your desktop, phone, or mp3 player where you can listen to these files on your computer or take them with you.

To Get Started

Before you can subscribe to a podcast, you will need podcast software to keep track of your podcast subscriptions. Most podcast software, like iTunes, will automatically download new podcasts to your computer so you can load them onto your MP3 player at your convenience. For Windows desktops, you can use any RSS reader, like My Yahoo! and Google Reader, or even your email client to subscribe to podcasts as well as any other syndicated content (news articles, blogs, etc) on the Internet.

Need podcast software? Choose from this list of popular players:

Can I use my phone to listen to podcasts?

Yes! iTunes is available for the iPhone. Android users can find many free podcast apps like BeyondPod and Stitcher Radio. Once you have installed the app on your phone, simply search for the podcasts you would like to subscribe to. To manually add a podcast feed, copy the links on this page into your podcast app. Be sure to use the link url, not the image url.

I have podcast software, now what?

Most podcasting software providers will offer a list of available podcasts you can subscribe to, but you are not limited to this list. Any podcast that you find on the Internet will typically have a podcast link identified by an orange button that may be labeled XML or RSS. You can right click this link to copy the URL of the podcast into your preferred podcast player. For itunes, this is under the advanced menu where it says "Subscribe to podcast." Read the instructions for your podcast software to determine how to add a podcast from url.

For a tutorial on using iTunes, click here.