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What is a Podcast? Podcast

It's a new way that broadcasters can automatically send you some of our radio programming to your portable device. To do this, you subscribe to the podcast by downloading a small piece of software that manages all of your podcast subscriptions. When connected to the internet, the software searches for the latest edition of the program on our website, and will download it to a folder on your computer, ready for when you next plug in your portable mp3 device. This means that you don't have to manually search for new programs to download on this website. It happens automatically!

Whenever the podcast is updated your newsreader will automatically display the new item.

There are many news readers available and many are free. Some news readers are programs you download and install on your computer and others are web-based services that you access with your web browser.

Follow this link for a useful list of podcasting applications.
Juice Receiver and iTunes are popular podcast applications.
Most browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer support RSS or Podcast feeds.

Never mind the mumbo jumbo - Tell it like it is!

In a nutshell, you're on this page because you want to know how to download the show. You're actually here to click the links to download and listen to Tech Talk Radio. It's a bit like going to the newsagent and buying a magazine - you have to make the effort to get it.

The magazine you've gone to buy offers you a subscription to have the magazine mailed to you, well podcasting is the equivalent of a magazine subscription, only in audio - it comes to you!.

You DO NOT need an iPod to receive and listen to a podcast.

To receive a podcast you need some software to manage the subscriptions you choose, and a media player on your computer such as Windows Media Player, iTunes or similar. That's all. The podcast software will manage the audio files for you, looking for new programs in your subscription, automatically downloading them as soon as they become available and notifying you. Easy.

Here's what to do. (i-Tunes)

1. Download and install i-Tunes if you don't already have it.
2. Click here to be taken to the iTunes music store and straight to our podcast page on iTunes
3. Click Subscribe.

That's it. From now on, as soon as we publish the show, it will automatically download in background and be waiting for you to listen to. All you have to do is click play!

A bit more detail for those interested.

Podcasting is an extension of the use of RSS feeds.

Podcasting is a way of publishing sound files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new audio files automatically. Podcasting is distinct from other types of audio content delivery because it uses the RSS protocol. (source: Wikipedia)

If your still not sure, as a question via email or in the Tech Talk Radio Forum!

A terrific source of more information with anything to do withh RSS or Podcasting - and remember RSS is the technology which makes podcasting happen, visit the RSS Specifications web site.

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