Friday, November 23, 2007

21. Find and listen to a Podcast or two

Play MP3 Play audio introduction for this task

What is a podcast?

The word "podcast" comes from joining Portable On Demand (pod, like iPod) and "cast" from broadcast. Get it? Podcast!

A podcast is an audio (or maybe video) file that is distributed over the internet using syndication feeds (like RSS) and can be played on portable media players (eg. MP3s) or simply on your computer.

Podcasting means that listeners can "time shift" their favourite programs by listening when it suits them. What makes podcasts different is the ability to "subscribe" to a feed, and when a new episode become available it can be automatically downloaded to the user's computer or player. You can then choose to listen to an episode when you want. Or delete the file if you don't!

You can also download programs without subscribing and listen to them on your computer.

Your task

The task this week builds upon your knowledge about feeds (that was in week 5 "Installing a feed reader, remember?)

Find a podcast that interests you using Google, or a directory such as or, or from the links in the Resources section below.

Subscribe to it in your feed reader and listen to an audio file or two.


Updated 9 Jan 2008: The site, previously mentioned, doesn't seem to be available anymore, but and appear to be owned by the same company.
This week's task was written by Fiona O'Donnell

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