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What's a Podcast

"A podcast is a series of audio or video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers. Though the same content may also be made available by direct download or streaming, a podcast is distinguished from other digital-media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added." wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasts

How to Get (Subscribe) and Use (Listen, View)

The easiest and most convenient way to start getting and listening (audio podcasts) and vieiwing (video podcasts) is using iTunes from Apple (free; included on every Mac and also free download is available for MS Windows; apple.com/itunes).

To subscribe to a podcast (series) when you know the URL:

  1. Select menu Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast...
  2. Enter the URL for podcasts, e.g. .
  3. Now iTunes will automatically start downloading new episodes as they become available.
  4. (Click on Podcasts under LIBRARY to see downloaded podcasts, get older podcasts.)

To Browse for podcast:

  1. Click on iTunes Store (in iTunes).
  2. Browse or search for podcasts and simply press Subscribe.

Tweak How Often Check For New Episodes

(Note: not in preferences dialog, iTunes 8.)

When selected Podcasts in LIBRARY, press the Settings... button at the bottom of the window to tweak how often to check (Every Hour, Every Day, Every Week, or Manually.)

Examples of Podcasts We Like

Lang Podcast Title Publisher Updated URL - copy into to iTunes' Subscribe... info
English Car Tech Podcast CNET weekly (Fridays) (podcasts.cnet.com)
English     in HD     (podcasts.cnet.com)
English Car Tech Video CNET irregularly
English     in HD     (podcasts.cnet.com)
English CNET News Daily Podcast CNET daily (podcasts.cnet.com)
English Insider Secrets CNET irregularly (podcasts.cnet.com)
English MacWorld Podcast MacWorld bi-weekly macworld.com/feeds/index
English NewsPod BBC daily bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/directory/
Swedish svt.se - Aktuellt 21 SVT.se daily svt.se/podd-tv
Swedish svt.se - Rapport 19.30 SVT.se daily svt.se/podd-tv


Want to Create Your Own?

Contact our technology partner COMGT for assistance with creation and distribution of podcasts.