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Subscribing to Podcasts Using iTunes
by Meg Little (and updated by Helen Mongan-Rallis). Last updated:
June 7, 2010
Podcast is the name popularized by the use of iPods to refer to a digital audio or video presentation delivered in a format which is portable with all computers and some mobile devices. For a more detailed explanation see this YouTube video, Podcasting in Plain English
Steps for subscribing using iTunes
- Download the iTunes program from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download and follow the directions provided to install on your computer . (You will need speakers or headphones to listen from your computer.)
- Launch iTunes on your computer
- Click on iTunes store
- Click on Podcasts in upper right hand block
- Survey the front Podcasts screen for podcasts of interest to you. Examples:
- New Releases
- Quick links
- Browse allows you to look through all available podcasts
- Select from video or audio podcasts or categories of interest
- Top Podcasts
- Click on a podcast that you want to download. This will bring you to the podcast’s page
- Click on subscribe if you want to have new podcasts download to your iTunes each time you log on – or – select a specific episode you want to download and click on “get episode” button next to it
- As podcasts download you will see a spinning arrow icon in your iTunes (left sidebar)
- To listen to/view a podcast that has been downloaded to your iTunes - double click on “Podcasts” icon and a new window will open. There will be a folder for each podcasts series.
- Click on the triangle next to the podcast series and you’ll see all of the episodes
- Click on the episode you want to listen to and it will begin playing. There is a tool bar at the top of the window.
- Old episodes of the podcast will appear with a “get” button next to them. You can download by clicking on it.
- You might see “Explicit” or “Clean” labels next to a podcast. These aren’t uniformly applied so it’s best to preview anything you’ll be using for class.
- LibriVox is a volunteer effort to audio recordings of public domain books. http://librivox.org/.
- MIT produces a variety of podcasts produced by members of their community. http://web.mit.edu/ist/podcasts/
- If you’d like to search in reverse – search your favorite websites for podcasts. Many will have a button to subscribe to the podcast with iTunes.
- Some professional organizations are offering podcast versions of journals and continuing education
- Project Gutenberg is a source of text-based ebooks, http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
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