Techtips Vol1 – Podcasting

A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication. (via wikipedia)

So, what is a podcast? i.e. I’m a fan of NPR’s “This American Life”. I don’t know what times it’s actually on the radio, nor do I need to know. Even if I did, I’m sure I would not spare that specific 1hr dedicated to listening to its broadcast. If I tried, I would probably do something else at the same time, and never fully obtain the value of it’s content. In Lieu, I download “This American Life” episodes, via iTunes, to my iPod and listen to them in the car commuting, or on long road trips.

iTunes is not the only mechanism for obtaining podcasts. Due to the wide spread use of iPods, iPhones, and the like, it is by far the easiest.

Steps to Subscribe

  • Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store
  • In the top bar, click on Podcasts
  • You will see a list of all the Podcasts offered for free
  • Click on the podcast you like and then click on subscribe
  • Now you will see your iTunes downloading
  • Under Library, in iTunes, in the Podcast section, you will see the Podcast you subscribed to.
    • in iTunes go to View and choose “as list”
    • iTunes will download the latest episode of this podcast, but will also show you past episodes. If you want to download any of those, just click on get.

Sync to your iPod

  • Plug your iPod into your computer
  • Click on your iPod, on the left
  • You can go to the Podcast tab and select the specific podcasts you want to sync.
  • For a more detailed reference, see Syncing Music to iPod

List of My Top Podcasts


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