If you're new to the podcasting world, there are several ways to get started. If you have Apple's iTunes software installed on your computer or have an account for Yahoo, just click on one of the two icons below:
And, for those familiar with subscribing to podcasts, just paste the following URL into your favorite podcast software:
Otherwise, follow the detailed directions below, "Getting Started: Step-By-Step Instructions." Now, you're dialed in to each week's show with Krista Tippett. Listen to the latest On Being program on your computer, on your mp3 player, burn it to CD — and take it anywhere you want!
Getting Started: Step-by-Step InstructionsFor those new to the podcasting universe, we've provided the following detailed instructions with accompanying screenshots to help you along the way. So, away we go. Three things are required in order to subscribe to the On Being podcast: a computer, podcasting software (we recommend iTunes), and an Internet connection (a faster connection means a faster download). Complete the following steps to subscribe to the On Being podcast:
On Being Podcasting Defined
The On Being podcast offers a way for you, the listener, to schedule the download of audio copies (in mp3 format) of each week's show directly to your computer. It's like TiVo for the radio, but with less work! The On Being podcast is free and anyone can subscribe to it using intermediate software applications such as Apple's iTunes.On Being also offers downloads (in mp3 format) and streaming audio (in a Flash player) so that you can directly access that week's show on its companion Web site. The difference between the On Being podcast and downloading or streaming the audio boils down to one thing: the On Being podcast is automatically delivered to your computer, whereas downloading or streaming requires that you go to the Web page to retrieve the audio.
What's the Advantage?
There are many reasons why our listeners aren't able to listen to On Being on the radio — inconvenient time of day, limited amount of time for listening, unavailable on your local public radio station. Subscribing to the On Being podcast allows you to listen to our program during a time and at a place most convenient for you. And, even streaming the audio from the Web page may prove difficult because you, the listener, have to be tethered to your computer in order to hear it, which means you can't listen to the program in your car, on the bus, on the train, or sometimes even at your office (system administrators frequently restrict streaming audio because of the bandwidth it consumes).
Do I Need an iPod to Listen to the On Being Podcast?
Not at all. All On Being podcasts are encoded as mp3 files, the most universal format for listening on various devices. You can listen to each podcast using almost any application: iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealAudio Player, WinAmp, and many others. And, if you like, you can burn it to a CD so you can listen to Krista Tippett and On Being in your car or at home on your stereo. Of course, portability is the name of the game, so the On Being podcast works wonderfully on portable media devices like the iPod or other mp3 players — and also on iPhones, iPads and other mp3 enabled smart phones.