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Q & A

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. Any mp3 player 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. 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.