What is Podcasting?
The short simple answer is that it’s like an internet radio broadcast that you can download and listen to either on your computer or via an MP3 player. People create audio files and post them to the web. You then use a special software program to download this “broadcast” (or “podcast”) to your computer which is then copied onto your MP3 player. Of course, if you don’t have an MP3 player you can simply listen to the podcast on your computer. So the next question I usually get is how the heck I do this? It’s actually pretty simple and works on both Mac and Windows-based machine.
1. Get Audio Software
The first thing you need is software for listening to audio files. If you have an MP3 player then you probably have a program which supports your player. Otherwise I would recommend using Apple’s iTunes as your audio player for both Mac and Windows and an Apple iPod as your MP3 player.
2. Get Podcast Software
Next you’ll need some software capable of grabbing these audio files and pulling them down onto your computer. For Windows I would recommend Doppler. On the Mac I would recommend iPodderX. All of these programs can automatically download podcasts and import directly into your audio software. Then the next time you plug your MP3 player into your computer and update your playlists these podcasts will be transferred to your MP3 player for your listening pleasure.
3. Get Some Podcasts
Of course I would recommend that you begin your podcast adventure by subscribing to this site’s podcast Gaming Steve. Often when you click on a podcast subscription link you’ll see some strange computer code and the message “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.” Don’t panic, the computer code you’re seeing isn’t for you, it’s for your podcast software. Simply copy and paste the URL of the subscription link into your podcast software and it will know what to do with that wacky-looking code. And that’s basically it. Podcasting is easy and once you get started you’ll find there are tons of interesting podcasts out there for you to explore. And if you have any questions just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help!