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44 | www.probussouthpacific.org TECH GUIDE Blast from the podcast Crank up the iPod and rock out to ... an engineering lecture? A politician's latest speech? Choose either, or anything in between, because free podcasts on just about any topic are easy to download. By Drew Patchell A combination of the words ‘pod’, from ‘iPod’, and ‘cast’, from ‘broadcasting’, a podcast is a series of audio or video digital media recordings that you can subscribe to and download onto your computer, mobile phone or portable media player. While most podcasts can be found on the publisher’s website, most are also in the iTunes store for free. What can I download? The most common use of podcasts is to record segments of radio to be downloaded, stored and listened to at leisure. Universities around Australia are also now recording lectures to enable students to catch up on lecture content, and anyone can listen and learn (click on ‘iTunesU’ at the top of the iTunes store). Public figures such as politicians use podcasts as a way to be heard by audiences they otherwise would not be able to reach. Learning a new language via podcast has been a hit, and many authors have released audio novels in the iTunes store (click ‘Books’), split into episodes and periodically released. What is iTunes? iTunes is free software that allows users to play, download and organise music, video files and podcasts on their computers. iTunes also has a built-in store which allows users to search and subscribe to the world’s biggest database of podcasts. When you subscribe to a podcast, the latest episode of that podcast will be automatically downloaded when you open iTunes. You can then either listen to the podcast through your computer, or download it to an iPod or iPhone. Subscribing Start by downloading iTunes onto your computer (http://www.itunes. com). Once you have downloaded Thinkstock
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