you need to have broadband, fast Internet service to be able to download them and then listen to them, as they are large sound files. If you do have broadband, all you need to do is click on the link and wait few moments; the file will download and open up by itself. If you have an MP3 player, or if you have broadband, go to iTunes.com, and down load iTunes programme. It is free. Once you download and install iTunes, click on podcasts, the directory will appear, type ‘Merlian News’ in the search engine, and you will see the podcasts, you then click on subscribe, and it will down load all podcasts automatically. Once they are downloaded, you can click on the title and they will play.
iPods/MP3 Players, How Does it Work?
Many of you will already own an Apple i-Pod, or similar MP3 player, even the Queen of England and President Bush use one, so it is no longer something that is exclusively for teenagers. But as we said, if you don’t have an i-Pod you can still listen to our Podcasts on your PC’s sound system.
Amazon is a good place to check out these products — currently the iPod Nano is now the gadget that everyone wants, it’s only 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 ounces and yet can take 1,000 songs (or Podcasts!)- [ Amazon.co.uk link ]. The Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A is the one of the best selling iPod on Amazon.com, US$210.
There is also the Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A at US$375.99.
Larger and smaller capacity (prices vary accordingly) models are also available, including the New Apple iPod 60GB [M9830B/A] , with a 2-inch colour LCD screen, this can hold up to 15,000 songs, or up to 25,000 photos.
The Emprex 6GB MP3 Player with FM Tuner and Voice Recording is another interesting player, well worth considering. Other manufacturers of MP3 players include i-River, Sony, Creative Labs and Toshiba.
Special Software for “Podcatching”
You can just use the programs already installed on your PC, such as Quicktime, to listen to the sound files on our Websites (if you have problems you need to talk to the person who set the PC up). However if you wish to “get with the program” you will need to download and install a Podcatcher program, there are a number of these available and most are free. Most also support Windows and Apple iTunes (the iPod software). One alternative to iTunes is Doppler, available from http://dopplerradio.net , there is also iPodder free from http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/ and has Mac and Windows versions, it only supports Apple iTunes — ideal for iPod users. A third program, also free, is jPodder, available from http://jpodder.com and this supports Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes. For Mac PCs there is also PoddumFeeder from http://ifthensoft.com offered for the price of US$4.95, which should not break the bank.
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