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How to use Podcasts

 I’m surprised by the number of people I know with iPods that are not using, or have heard of, podcasts. What is a Podcast? Basically it is a sound file, just like an MP3, or in Apple’s case, AAC. But the file type is really irrelevant. It is a recording of a broadcast, or interview or someone simply talking about their favourite topic. The beauty of iTunes is that is makes adding podcasts to your iPod easier than downloading music. You simply go to the podcast section. Scroll through the various topics and select subscribe. [note, watch out for whether it is a podcast or video podcast. If you don’t have a video iPod, you will not want a video podcast]. That’s it. You can also go into your iPod options and select the automatic podcast update setting, and tell it how many old podcasts to keep. Now each time you start iTunes it will download the podcasts you subscribed to. The next time you connect your iPod to your computer. It will add these to your iPod. There is a tremendous wealth of topics for podcast. Most of the ones listed on iTunes fall into 2 categories; Business and Technology. Some of my favourites are from Leo Laporte and his TWIT.tv crew [This Week in Tech]. I have Giz Wiz with Dick Dibartolo, TWIT with a cast of characters and Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur. But whatever your interest, there is a podcast available. iTunes is also not the exclusive directory of podcasts. Check out Podzinger