About Podcasts

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a regularly updated set of audio or video files that you can subscribe to. When a new audio or video file is published, it is automatically downloaded to your computer, where you can listen to it, watch it, or transfer it to a portable media player (like an iPod) for viewing or listening on the go.

For a more detailed explanation, see our Introduction to Podcasts article.

Programs that will subscribe to a podcast

iTunes is the most popular program for subscribing to podcasts, but there are many others available, such as Juice, Newzcrawler, Winamp, and more. Podcastingnews.com has a long list of podcast clients.

How to subscribe to a podcast

It depends on what program you're using.

  • With iTunes, you can just click on the "subscribe in iTunes" link, and iTunes will automatically subscribe to the podcast.
  • With other software, you will need to right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) on the "podcast feed" link, and choose "Copy link location" from the contextual menu. Then go to your podcast client program and follow the program's instuctions for subscribing to a podcast, using the URL you have just copied.

If you have a problem or question

If a podcast isn't loading or functioning correctly, please let us know -- we want to make sure this service works well. Just send an email to Matt Ryan (mryan [at] acs [dot] carleton [dot] edu) and describe what is (or isn't) happening.