Let's keep this simple.
What do you need to receive podcasts?
If you're reading this on the web, chanecs are you already have almost everything you need to receive podcasts. Of course, access to the Internet is vital and a fast connection won't hurt.
The only other item you'll need is an appropriate program (sometimes called an RSS newsreader). We use a free program called iPodder which seems to work extremely well. However, I recently found an extremely convenient (but certainly no-frills) program called Podcatcher on a Stick which is loaded onto your mp3 player (but not iPods, though). The advantage here is that you can use multiple computers and not end up with duplicate content.
So, once you have Internet access and a podcatcher program, you need to find podcasts that interest you and then "subscribe" to them through your podcatcher program.
As of June 2005, there are approximately 7 to 10,000 free podcasts and the number is growing daily. Through trial and error you can find the ones that most interest you by searching a few websites that collect and distribute podcasts:
Idiot Vox - Only the best - mostly independently-produced content
Podcast Alley - An impressive collection of podcasts
iPodderX - The largest collection of podcasts I've found
Podcast.de - German podcasts and German-language tutorials
The websites above also offer links to software pages where you will be able to find newsreaders, audio editing software and other podcast related files.
To add a podcast to your automatic downloads, you will need to give your newsreader program an .xml file that directs it to the specific place where the podcasts are stored. These .xml files are usually quite easy to find, since they are often attached to a standard graphic ( ). By right-clicking on these graphics and choosing "copy link", you can then paste the .xml file into your newsreader. Thereafter, the program will find the latest episodes of your favorite podcasts automatically.
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