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What is podcasting?

Podcasting allows you to download audio to a (MP3 player) or your computer. You can now take St. Louis Public Radio programs with you and listen to them whenever it fits your schedule.


What do I need to hear podcasts?

The only thing you need is software that allows subscriptions to podcasts. The latest versions of iTunes, Juice, or Odeo work great.

The software downloads the audio directly to your computer. Then, you can transfer the audio from your computer to a portable media device, such as an iPod or an MP3 player, for portability.


How do I subscribe to a podcast?

To subscribe to any podcast(s) right click on the [POD] link (or Control-click in MacOS and select "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut." You may then paste the link into your podcasting software.


How much does it cost?

Podcasts are provided for free as a service to our listeners. However, they are expensive to distribute. If you value podcasting as a service, please be sure to support St. Louis Public Radio with your pledge in order to help offset the costs.


What if I need additional help?

Please feel free to contact the webmaster,
(314) 516-6617 or web@stlpublicradio.org


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RSS Feeds

 

What Is RSS?

 

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content, such as news and arts headlines. Using an RSS reader, you can view data feeds from various news and information sources, including headlines, summaries, links to full stories. RSS feeds are different from podcasts; they do not contain audio.

How Do I Access RSS?

 

RSS/News Aggregators:
To view the headlines, add the feed to an RSS/News Aggregators (also called a reader), or to a browser (such as Safari for Mac OS X) that supports RSS feeds. An RSS reader will download and display RSS feeds for you. A number of free and commercial RSS readers are available for download, including Amphetadesk for Windows, Mac, Linux; Feedreader for Windows; and NewsFire for Mac OS.

Many aggregators are separate, "stand-alone" programs; other services will let you add RSS feeds to a Web page. Yahoo! users can add RSS feeds to your My Yahoo! page without a reader; to make this easier, just click on the "Add to My Yahoo!" button to the right of each link above.

Live Bookmarks:
The Firefox browser supports Live Bookmarks, a system that detects RSS feeds and allows users to subscribe. Look for this icon in the bottom right corner of your browser, and click on it to subscribe. Feeds will appear in your Bookmarks list. kwmu offers Live Bookmarks on all program and topic pages.

Blogs/Weblogs:
Another way many people use RSS feeds is by incorporating content into weblogs, or "blogs." Blogs are web pages comprised of usually short, frequently updated items and web links. Blogging as a publishing tool is used for many purposes: traditional journalism, personal journals, group discussions around a topic, and many combinations in-between.

 

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