RSS Audio Podcast Help



What is RSS Audio Podcasting?

From Wikipedia: "A podcast is much like an audio magazine subscription: a subscriber receives regular audio programs delivered via the internet, and she or he can listen to them at her or his leisure. . . . [Podcasts] can be listened to at any time because a copy is on the listener's computer or portable music player, and they are automatically delivered to subscribers, so no active downloading is required."

How do I subscribe to an RSS Audio Podcast Feed?

  1. Download and install a Podcast aggregator, such as iTunes or iPodder.
  2. Familiarize yourself with how the software works by reading the program's provided documentation.
  3. Locate the Podcast XML feed that interests you.
  4. Add the address to the Podcast XML feed to your Podcast aggregator by either manually typing the address or by copying and pasting from the clipboard. (Consult your Operating System or Browser documentation for more information on copying web addresses to the clipboard).

When I click on a Podcast RSS link I see a bunch of code--and don't hear the podcast

Podcast RSS Feeds are in XML format and are designed to be processed by a Podcast aggregator program installed on your computer.

Tell me more about RSS Audio Podcast aggregators.

Using an RSS Audio Podcast aggregator program, you subscribe to an RSS Audio Podcast feed. Identical in operation to an RSS News aggregator, a Podcast aggregator automatically and regularly checks feeds to which you've subscribed. When a new Podcast is available, and when the aggregator checks to see if a new Podcast is posted, the aggregator retrieves the new Podcast and alerts you that a new Podcast is available. For example, if you subscribe to the State of Delaware's This Day in Delaware Podcast with your aggregator, your aggregator will check this Podcast feed regularly and pull down the new Podcast--if we've posted a new Podcast since the aggregator last visited our site.

What is special about RSS Audio Podcasts?

Podcast aggregator programs enable you to: (1) listen to the Podcast on your computer and/or (2) "push" the Podcast audio file to the portable MP3 player of your choice so you can listen to the Podcast when you are away from your computer.

How do I listen to an RSS Audio Podcast after I subscribe?

How you listen to an RSS Audio Podcast depends on your computer's Operating System and the Podcast aggregator you are using. Listening to an RSS Podcast typical involves two steps: (1) Downloading the most current audio files in the Podcast to your computer (2) Opening the audio files in an audio player (i.e. Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc) that is compatible with the file format. Some Podcast aggregators combine these steps into one step; however, some Podcast aggregators require that you highlight the Podcast, select Download, and then select Open/Play. For more details on how to download and listen to an RSS Podcast subscription, consult your Podcast aggregator's documentation.

How do I sync my portable MP3 player with an RSS Podcast?

How you copy or sync subscriptions to your portable MP3 player depends on the Podcast aggregator you are using and your portable MP3 player. Copying/Syncing an RSS Podcast is similar to the steps described under the previous question; however, instead of listening to the audio on your computer you will be transferring/copying the current audio files to your portable mp3 player. Some Podcast aggregators combine the step of downloading and transferring to a portable MP3 player into one step however, some Podcast aggregators require that you highlight the Podcast, select Download, and then select Sync/Transfer. For more details on how to download and listen to an RSS Podcast subscription on your portable MP3 player, consult your Podcast aggregator and your portable MP3 player's documentation.

What kind of RSS does the State of Delaware use for Audio Podcasting?

The Delaware.gov portal uses the most recent RSS 2.0 format (with audio enclosures) to notify subscribers of updated Podcasts that have been posted. The State of Delaware has adopted the MP3 format to deliver audio content because of its universal cross-platform compatibility.

This seems a little complicated. . . .

Podcasting may seem complicated because it is a new use of Internet technologies. As such, all Podcast aggregators are very "young" and the process today is a bit "messy," requiring multiple programs and the latest equipment. Like all new technologies, this one should mature. The State of Delaware is keeping up with developments in the field of Podcasting and will update this page as new programs and technologies emerge.

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