What are Podcasts?
So, you’ve noticed the Podcast links which appear on this website?
Podcasts are audio programmes which are automatically sent to your computer once you you have subscribed to them.
This means you don't have to visit this site to listen to the latest audio discussions and you can listen to them on your MP3 player, if you prefer.
How does it work?
There are three ways to listen to an audio programme:
Firstly, you can simply listen to something on the website, using our built in audio player. This is called 'streaming', which means you don't to download anything to your computer, before you can start listening. Once you've listened to the discussion you can't keep it to listen to again, offline.
Secondly, you can download audio to your computer, as an MP3. This might take some time, depending on the speed of your Internet connection. Then you can listen to the discussion whenever you want. You can also transfer it to an MP3 player, to listen to on the move.
Thirdly, there is podcasting. Once you are set up (see below), you can subscribe to our Podcast in much the same way as you would subscribe to a magazine which gets delivered to you regularly .Once you have subscribed to the podcast then each new discussion will be recorded automatically on your computer until you unsubscribe.
What do I need?
Firstly, you'll need a broadband connection. Secondly, you'll need some podcast software. There is plenty of free podcast software available. Amongst the more popular are:
A comprehensive list of available podcast software can be found at podcastingnews.com
After installing your chosen podcast software, you will be able to subscribe to the Podcast.
Your software will then automatically download subsequent discussions for you.