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- American Experience RSS Podcast
Podcasting is a way of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet. Specifically, podcasts are feeds (such as RSS feeds) that contain digital audio files, such as MP3 files. You can subscribe to feeds using software that periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically. This software is available on the Web and is generally free; here is a sampling of available programs (please note, Eight does not endorse or guarantee any particular software program):
For Windows/PC: iTunes · iPodder · Doppler · Blog Matrix Sparks!
For Mac: iTunes · iPodderX · Playpod
To subscribe to a podcast, copy the link address provided below and follow your podcast software's instructions. Once you subscribe, you can listen to the podcast on your computer or transfer it to a portable MP3 player, such as an iPod.
RSS feeds are free updated content sent to your computer via the Internet (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary). The feeds usually contain headlines, article summaries, and links to full articles.
To subscribe to RSS feeds, you will need to use a news reader, or aggregator; there are dozens of news readers available, and many are offered free of charge. Some readers are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Others are Web-based readers that you can access on the Internet. Both Google and Yahoo offer directories of news readers.
The reader you choose will have instructions for how to subscribe to RSS feeds. Addresses for specific feeds are provided below.