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Podcasting: About Podcasting

The University of California, Davis offers podcasting services to all instructors and campus affiliated organizations. Digital audio recording equipment has been installed in several lecture halls and portable digital recorders are available through . In addition, enhanced and video podcast production services are available through . If you currently produce your own recordings and only need podcast distribution support, please see one of the two "How can I podcast..." items below for who to contact.

General Information

What is a "podcast?"

For a good explanation of podcasting, read this wikipedia article.

What software do I need to listen to a podcast?

Subscribing to a podcast requires software capable of interpreting RSS feeds and RSS file enclosures. Be aware that some news readers and web browsers that do support RSS feeds do not support file enclosures. One of the most popular applications is Apple's iTunes, which is available as a free download for both Macintosh and Windows. There are many other free software applications to choose from. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of programs.

For Students

How can I subscribe to a podcast?

Once you have installed software that supports podcasting, subscribing to a podcast is simple. For most applications, you copy the RSS feed's internet address (URL) from a web page and paste it into your podcasting application. If you are using iTunes, you can reference these instructions. For other podcasting software, please refer to the software's help menu or web site for instructions.

How much does it cost to subscribe to a podcast?

Podcasts are free; however, campus lectures do require a valid UC Davis computing account to access the material.

For Faculty and Campus Organizations

How can I podcast my lectures?

If you'd like to learn how you can podcast your lectures use the Walkthrough Wizard to get started.