Saturday, November 5, 2005

Podcasts - not just for iPods

I had a colleague approach me about my last post. He didn't have an iPod and wasn't particularily interested in getting one. I told him he didn't have to. To make the experience easy and user-friendly, all you need is the iTunes software on your Mac or Windows PC and access to the Internet. The podcasts are free and you can subscribe, manage, and listen to them all through iTunes.

This led to a lot more questions but in the end, he went away informed and happy. It seemed he was hung up on the fact they were called PODcasts and never really understood that they were simply recorded audio files playable on almost any computer. I also took time to explain that they were not like audiobooks that went for hours, but most were short shows; with a few being under 5 minutes.

Don't let yourself get stuck on this idea either. In fact, if you have a CD-R or CD-RW drive, you can even dump the podcasts to CD for easy listening in the car as you drive to and from work.

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