Listening to podcast is rather simple; it only requires a few minimalistic technical steps to enable you to virtually listen to anything you can hear.
The following 3 steps explains you how to listen to a podcast that is made available via a website.
To start listening to a podcast:
1. Go to a website that has a podcast available, Google can help you find you a podcast that is within your interest with a click of a button.
2. Each podcast has its own hyperlink. Click on the hyperlink of the podcast you want to listen to. You can do this directly on your computer, Windows, Mac and Linux all support podcasting. Additionally you can download the podcast and transfer it to your iPod or MP3 player.
3. If you wish you can also subscribe to one of the RSS feeds that are available on the podcast website. Your podcasting software will check the RSS feed on regular time intervals and automatically download the content that you are interested it. When you connect your iPod or MP3 player to your computer it automatically updates and transfer the latest available podcasts to your portable media player.
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Since the MP3 audio format came on the market various other audio file types have emerged as well. Depending on the selected audio format the file size and the required capacity for streaming is affected. Besides the MP3 audio format AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) and WMA (Windows Media Audio) became popular standards within the world of podcast. To help you in the world of various audio formats there is free technology available that enables you to listen to most of these formats. Such software is Windows Media Player, Apple Quicktime, Winamp or my personal favorite VLC.
The next logical step after listening to a podcast is to find a podcast that is into your field of interest. Apple their iTunes stores is one purveyor of podcasts. Additionally you can try to consult one of the many podcast directories that are available on the Internet. To help you out I have listed a few below.
The following podcasting directories will help you getting started in the world of podcasting.
Most likely you can find a podcast about anything you want on the Internet but if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can create your own podcast without much effort. Basically everyone that has a computer and a microphone can create his or her own podcast.