Podcasts are a form of internet radio.
The concept behind them is really simple – someone records their show and then puts
it on the internet as an audio file, usually in mp3 format.
You don't need an iPod (from where the name podcast comes) to listen to podcasts.
You can listen to them either on your computer or by copying them to any device
that will play the audio file format of your podcast (usually mp3 or m4a/mp4).
The best way to receive podcasts directly to your computer is to subscribe to the
shows you like using a podcatcher, or podcast receiver. Each time a new show is
posted on the internet it will be downloaded directly to your computer.
iTunes is a very
popular podcatcher. We use Juice.
Click here for a quick guide on installing and using Juice.
First copy the RSS feed for the podcast you want into your podcast receiver. Sometimes
you will need to right click on a small XML icon, select 'Copy Shortcut' and then
paste this into your podcatcher.
Just choose the format (mp3 or m4a) you prefer.
Alternatively click on the iTunes subscribe button.
Click here to
find out more about podcasting.
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