Get Your Podcasts
For desktop/laptop users, subscribing to podcasts by iTunes is one of the simplest ways to find great shows!
In a prior post, I introduced you to Podcasts and explained why this is one of my favorite new medias.
Simply stated, podcasts are the equivalent of radio shows, produced in serial fashion, and available for listening through a “feed” that can be subscribed to using software.
The two most common ways to subscribe are via iTunes (which will sync to other Apple mobile devices) and via the PocketCast application for both iphone & android.
Two Methods to Subscribe to a PodCast via Itunes
1. Click an iTunes-ready link to view the iTunes Page for the Podcast.
For example, you’ll find Simple Tech Tips for Marketing (mine) here. If you’re prompted to open iTunes click allow/okay, otherwise, click the “View in iTunes” button on the page.
Once you are viewing the podcast page in iTunes, simply click the subscribe button, and you’re good to go.
You will then see a “Podcasts” option appear under your Library listing in the left margin. This is where you will visit to listen.
2. Copy-Paste A Podcast Feed URL into iTunes
In the main menu, select Advanced -> Subscribe To Podcasts… and paste in the feed URL of the Podcast you want to subscribe too.
Some feed URLs look like http://feeds.feedburner.com/SimpleTechTipsforMarketing and others look like http://examle.com/podcast.xml The trick here is that they must already be a specially configured RSS feed URL and not a blogs regular feed though they look similar.
As you can see it’s super easy to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes. And iTunes makes it super-simple to sync these items to your iPhone/iPad for easy listening on your mobile if you don’t mind needing to sync.
You can find more tips for using iTunes with Podcasts on Apple’s page here.
To skip over the sync requirements, if I do not need the files on my desktop/laptop, I (and many others) prefer to subscribe using PocketCasts on our mobile (iphone/android) instead. I’ll cover PocketCasts in an upcoming post!
Be sure to subscribe to my new podcast Simple Tech Tips for Marketing!
Are you listening to podcasts? What is your favorite way to subscribe to them? What device do you prefer listening to them on? (desktop, laptop, mobile, etc). Share your thoughts below!
~ Kim ~
Simple Tech Tips for Marketing
* How to Subscribe to a Podcast in iTunes via Just-Ask-Kim.com
* Podcasts, My New Favorite Media via Just-Ask-Kim.com
* Podcasting: A Fun Tool For Personal And Business Use via Blondish.net
* The State of Podcasting [Data] via Hubspot
* From Screencast to Podcast via BasicBlogTips.com
* Hands on: five podcast apps that improve on iOS functionality via ArsTechnica.com
* Use Podcast Player To Play Your Favorite Podcasts In Chrome via MakeUseOf.com