What is a Podast?
A Podcast is an automatic method of regularly distributing audio files. In other words, once you subscribe to the program podcast, your podcasting software will automatically download episodes of that program, on a daily basis, to your computer, free of charge, for you to listen to at your convenience.
Is An iPod Required to Listen to Podcasts?
No. You can listen to podcasts right on your computer, using Windows Media Player, Real Player, WinAmp, etc. Using CD burning software, you can even burn the MP3 file on to an audio CD and listen to it in your car. You can also use any portable audio device that plays MP3s, such as a Creative Rio, Dell DJ, or yes, an iPod. Many other companies manufacture MP3 players as well, such as iRiver and SanDisk.
How Do I Subscribe?
If you already have a Podcast feed reader, just copy and paste the link for a particular program into your application.
Where Can I Get a Free Podcast Feed Reader?
There are many free software options to subscribe to podcast feeds and then receive those new audio episodes in your software, either on your computer or your favorite device. See below for links to a few of those free podcast manager programs.
iTunes (works with both Windows and Apple/Mac)