Bob briefly presented the steps to setting up the means of receiving and enjoying podcasts, audio podcasts in particular.
- Download a podcast host. Go to www.itunes.com, download the latest version of Itunes (I use the Windows 7 version, but it is available for all platforms). Other hosts such as podcastalley.com are available but less easily enjoyed.
- Run Itunes. In the top left vertical panel will be listed the title ‘podcasts’. Click that title, and you will see a blank (for now) list of podcasts, with the title ‘Podcast Directory’ at the bottom right corner. Click the latter and you will be taken to the podcast area of the Itunes Store. There you can browse or search out your favourite podcasts (almost all free-of-charge), and arrange to have them sent to you automatically as they are produced (usually once a week, but could be more or less frequently).
- How to enjoy them. Go to Itunes on your computer, select that list of podcasts I mentioned above (non-empty now). Click on what you want to hear. Your podcasts will be sent to your computer via internet and stored automatically for your enjoyment each week.
- To move the podcasts to a more convenient place for listening, you need to know where they are actually stored on the computer. They are automatically placed in the following area on your hard drive:
Each podcast will be in its own folder, named after the podcast (e.g. ‘The Digital Story’).
- To transfer the podcasts to your mp3 player, for instance, just connect the player to your computer’s usb port, open its contents directory, and drag/drop your podcast files to that directory. Your podcasts will be available to play on your mp3 player just like the music you enjoy. Next week delete the files you have listened to and drag/drop a new set from your computer. Now walking the dog, punishing the tread mill, or driving alone in your car will be much more enjoyable and educational.
Mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets have their own special software apps to download and organize podcasts, in addition to the method above. Check the app source for your device (e.g. Apple App Store) with a search on ‘podcasts’ or go to Google to search out the best solution for your device.