FSRN feeds and subscriptions
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"Podcasting" is a way to get the fsrn daily show automatically downloaded to your computer or portable audio player. This is a nice convenience if you have a portable MP3 player or if you have a slow connection, or you would just like to regularly listen to the newscast online without having to download it each day.
Podcasting software will automate the download process at the times
that you define. Once you have things set up, you will always have access to the most recent shows, as MP3 files on your computer or portable device, ready for listening
You need to install a podcast program on your computer, tell it about a podcast feed you want to subscribe to, and it will check to see when new information is available. When a new show is uploaded to the web site, the podcasting software will start downloading the MP3 file in the background to a directory.
To get started, you will need to install a podcasting program, which are
freely available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
- Juice (formerly iPodder) (Windows, Mac and Linux). At the moment, this is one of the most popular solutions for receiving Podcast feeds. It's a free, open source software that was designed specifically to handle podcasts (unlike iTunes).
- Miro (Windows, Mac, and Linux). Miro is free, open source, cross platform, and perhaps its most unique feature is BitTorrent support which allows Peer-2-Peer podcast downloads rather than the traditional Server-Client downloads. And it has a more attractive layout than Juice.
- @Podder (Windows). This is an assistive podcatching software designed for partially sighted podcast listeners.
- iTunes (Windows, Mac). This is Apple's flagship music-playing program, which, starting with version 4.9, has support for receiving podcasts. Note that even though you go through the "music store" to find podcast feeds, there is, as always, no charge for receiving FSRN podcasts.
Once you have downloaded and installed a podcast program, you will need to add the fsrn podcast feed. The feed will be updated daily at 3pm PST. The addresses for our diferent podcasts are listed above.
Notes: You should copy the feeds into your feed aggregator or podcast catcher. Following these links in your browser would take you directly to the raw XML code. Don't be frightened, please follow the instructions on this page to "subscribe to" or "add" the feed in your software of choice.
Once you have subscribed to, or 'added' the fsrn podcast feed, you just need to tell the podcast software to start downloading. From then on, the program
will check for news shows as periodically as you want, and when they
are available, it will download them.
If you have a portable MP3 player, you may need to tell your podcast program which one
you use, or configure it to save the files in the correct directory.
Otherwise, you can play the newscast back through your computer's sound
Check the documentation or web site for your podcast software for details.
You may have heard of the term "RSS" -- it stands for "Really Simple Syndication", and many recent web browsers like Mozilla FireFox have built-in support for RSS "Feeds". An RSS feed makes it easy for programs to check a web site and easliy find out when new stories or articles were published on a web site. A podcast is really an RSS feed that also contains information about an MP3 file that can be downloaded.
For more detailed history and discussion of pocasting, check out the
- Podcasting Page at Wikipedia
- Engadget.com (How to get Podcasts and also make your own)
- iPodder.org - Information and links