||What is Podcasting?
Podcasting is a process that puts audio files (or
“podcasts”) online, and allows software to find and
download the files to a computer or personal media player.
What is a podcast?
Podcasts are audio (and now video!) files that you can download to your
computer or your personal media player (such as an iPod) and listen to
at your convenience. Using podcast software, you can subscribe to
available radio shows. The software will automatically check for and
download new files when they are added, to either your computer, or
your media player. Accessing a podcast feed is just like accessing an
RSS feed, in that you subscribe to a feed of a podcaster, in this case Your Earth.
The difference between podcast feeds and RSS feeds is that you receive
audio content instead of text content.
Getting Started Step-by-Step
To begin accessing Your Earth podcasts you will need a computer,
internet access and a media player that supports the mp3 file format.
1. Download podcast software.
Podcast software will search out and retrieve the most current versions
of the podcasts you subscribe to. There is free podcast software
available on the internet, for example iPodder
Your Earth recommends iTunes which is available for Windows and Mac and
operates identically for both. You will need to download and install
this podcast software on to your computer.
2. Copy the address of the podcast feed into your software
After you have downloaded and installed podcast software, copy the
address of the
Your Earth podcast into the podcast software.
Here is the actual address of the Your Earth podcast:
In iTunes for example, just click on the "Advanced" tab at the top of
the page and copy and paste the above address into the URL window that
When a new show is available, your podcast software will automatically
download it to your computer. (You may have an iPod that syncs to your
computer to make your audio portable - that's even cooler!) Then you
can listen to the show anytime
you like, using a media player that supports the mp3 file format, for
Here is what the terrific Wikipedia says about Podcasting.