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Listening to and Downloading Podcasts

First, if you are having trouble listening to or downloading podcasts from our library, hang in there!

This page gives some background information for users who are new to podcasts and the technology supporting them. If you read this and still have questions, please let us know. Though we can’t provide technical support for each computer or user, if we can answer simple questions for you, we are happy to do it.

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is an audio or video recording that comes as part of a series of files—the sound version of a blog. You can subscribe to and download the series (called Web syndication). The word, podcast, is derived from “broadcast” and “pod”—from the success of the iPod, since podcasts are often listened to on portable media players. The stream of information that allows you to subscribe to the podcast series is called a “feed” (or RSS feed, or Web feed). Once you subscribe to a series of podcasts, the newest files are automatically “fed” or “pushed” to your computer when the creator makes them available through a Web feed service (we make our podcasts available on iTunes or the RSS feed that your computer is set to use).

When you connect to the Internet, your computer automatically downloads the “feed” and you have it available to load it onto your iPhone, iPod, or other listening device by syncing to your computer.

Do I Have to Have an iPod or iPhone to Listen to Your Podcasts?

No, you do not have to have an iPod, iPhone, or other device to listen to these podcasts or “audio blogs.” If you click the “PODCAST” button in almost any browser on your computer, laptop, smartphone, etc., it should show you our podcast and with most devices/software you should be able to listen right then and there. The only requirement is a broadband Internet connection.

If you do want to “take it with you” and you have an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or other device, you will need to use iTunes to sync the podcast with your device. But then you’ll have it anywhere, regardless of your internet connection. In that case, you would want to subscribe using the iTunes button at the top of our pages and then “sync” your device(s). Sometimes you may need to press the “Refresh” button at the bottom of the iTunes window to get the latest version. See the section on Accessing Our Podcasts through iTunes, below.

Listening to and Downloading Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is more simple (there are less steps) than downloading the files to your own computer or iPhone. If you want to listen to the podcast on your computer, you don’t need to download it. If you want to listen to the podcast on your iPhone or iPod, you need to download the podcast to your own computer and then sync it to your iPod or iPhone. You don’t have to subscribe to our Web feed to listen to or download our podcasts, but if you do, they are automatically fed to your computer when you connect to the Internet.

You can listen to, download, and subscribe to our podcasts in three ways:

  • Clicking on the link from our website library
  • RSS feed method used by your computer
  • iTunes

Accessing Our Podcasts through our Website Library

Once you get to our website library page, you’ll see chronological listings and many ways to search for podcasts that may interest you. Once you get to the podcast you want, you can use the player on the page (press the arrow key), download the podcast for listening to later, or play via “pop out box,” which allows you to continue searching the site with the podcast still playing.

Accessing Our Podcasts through iTunes

Once you get to our iTunes site, you can scroll down or search for podcasts (“command F”). Once you find one you like, you can listen to it there, or you can download it or subscribe to the feed by clicking on any of the links that say, “view in iTunes.”

This opens iTunes on your computer, taking you to the iTunes store. If you are not already a subscriber, you can click on the “subscribe free” button. Then, click on “podcast” in iTunes and you’ll be taken to your subscribed podcasts. You should see The New School listed there.

Once subscribed, you should be able to skip all the other steps and go directly to “podcasts” in iTunes on your own computer. If you don’t see the newest podcast or aren’t sure, click on “refresh.” Any new podcasts should start downloading.

To transfer to your iPod or iPhone, connect the device and allow it to sync, once the podcasts have downloaded to your computer.