Q. What is a podcast?
A. Podcasts are like Internet broadcasts. The main difference
between a podcast and a traditional broadcast is that with
a broadcast, you must listen to it when it happens, but
with a podcast, you choose when and where you listen to
it. Podcasts are mp3 files that are automatically downloaded
to your computer by means of an RSS subscription. Once
you have the podcast mp3 file on your computer, you can
treat it like any other sound file. Play it with your portable
mp3 player, or listen to it on iTunes, Windows Media Player,
Winamp, or whatever software you use.
Q. Do I have to use an iPod to listen to podcasts?
A. Even though they're called "podcasts", you don't
actually need to own an Apple iPod to listen to them. Anything
that will play an mp3 will play a podcast.
Q. How does it work?
A. Podcasts make use of RSS (Really Simple Syndication),
podcast software, and your mp3 playing software. You connect
your podcast software to the RSS feeds for the podcasts
you want to subscribe to - like Booked.tv. Then, when you
click "update" in your podcast software, it checks
the RSS feeds and tells you which ones have new podcasts
for you to listen to. Then you pick and choose what you
want to hear, and when. This is a simple, automated way
to stay on top of all the podcasts you like.
Q: How do I subscribe to a podcast with iTunes?
A: iTunes is a great choice for listening to podcasts because
it can get the podcasts for you and play them as well.
To subscribe to the Booked.tv podcast, copy the podcast
link (right-click the 'subscribe' button). Under the 'Advanced'
menu is a 'Subscribe to Podcast' option. Paste the link
into the window, and you're done. To access your podcasts,
click the purple podcast icon in the sidebar menu of the
iTunes music player.
Q: But I don't use iTunes!
A: Check the support site for the media player and podcast
software that you do use. We have a listing of good podcast
software on the podcasts links page.
Q: How do I listen to one podcast without subscribing to
A: To listen to a standalone podcast, click the listen button.
To download the podcast for listening at another time, right-click
the 'listen' button and save the link to your computer.
Q: What’s the difference between Webisodes,
Video Podcasts, and Podcasts?
A: Podcasts and Video Podcasts
are essentially the same thing, except that regular Podcasts
are audio-only, and Video Podcasts have video. Video
Podcasts can only be played on a computer or on a video iPod;
podcasts can be transferred to any mp3 player so you can
listen on-the-go. The best way to explain it is that
a webisode is the video that you watch, and a podcast or
video podcast is how you get that video. A direct analogy
from television is that an episode is the video that you
watch and a broadcast is how your television gets that video.
Q: What’s the difference between subscribing
to a Podcast or Video Podcast, and downloading it or watching/listening
to it online?
A: When you subscribe to a podcast,
your computer will automatically search for new episodes
and download them for you so that you can watch them whenever
you like. This is the option to go with if you really
enjoy Booked Interactive’s offerings, and want to make
sure you don’t miss any of them. You can also
download each podcast episode from the website manually,
so you can pick and choose which ones you want to keep and
rewatch (this is probably the best option for non-broadband
users). Finally, you can just watch an episode online
if you’re unlikely to want to watch it again.
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