A podcast is downloadable file, typically MP3 audio, delivered to your computer automatically. Podcasts can contain news, interviews, commentary, or any combination of audio experiences. It's basically a radio show that you can download and listen to wherever, whenever. Leave it on your computer or put it on your MP3 player and take it with you.
How do I get started?Get a Podcasting Software Program
To get started, you will need to install a podcast reader. Here are some free options:
Once you have downloaded and installed a podcast program, you will need to add a link to the podcast feed.
UEN has made this easy for you. Simply copy the address of the podcast feed from the text box below and paste it in your podcast software. You can also subscribe to this podcast via the iTunes Music Store.
Every time a new show or episode for a podcast is released it will download automatically to your computer when you open your podcast software and are connected to the Internet.
1. Why "POD" cast?
The word "podcast" is a combination of two words: "iPod" and "broadcasting", but podcasts are usually just standard audio files in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, or on any other player. Naming it after the iPod probably made sense in 2004 when "iPod" had become almost synonymous with "MP3". The real reason for the name, though, is historical.
2. Do I need an iPod to receive podcasts?
No, you do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts. Podcasting, despite the name, is a completely open protocol and many listeners do not have iPods.
3. Does it cost money to receive a podcast?
No, the reader software is free (see Step 1 above) and subscribing to most podcasts is free. You will need access to the Internet and a computer to download the audio file onto.
4. Where can I find a list of podcasts?
Apple's iTunes Music Store (available within the iTunes software) has a directory of thousands of podcasts. You can search either by keyword or by category.
5. What's the "techie stuff" behind a podcast?
Podcasts are RSS feeds that include an audio file. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it's just a different way to get Internet content to you.
Instead of browsing the Internet one site at a time, RSS feeds and podcasts allow you to subscribe to the content you are interested in and have it delivered directly to your computer. And then you can view or listen to regular updates from all of the feeds you are subscribed to.
RSS is handled through a technology called XML (Extensible Markup Language). You may discover that when you click on the pod or rss buttons found on some web pages, you will see only the raw RSS feed in the XML code. To view or listen to the actual RSS content you need to follow the three steps listed above.