Apple’s online iTunes app is free, and it works with all kinds of computers. If you don't have an Apple MP3 player, or if iTunes doesn’t have what you are looking for, read this page anyway. You may find other useful information.

 
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Setting up an iPod with iTunes (a video)
 

Note: Apple never stops changing iTunes, so the information on this page may no longer be valid.

 


DOWNLOADING

 

FINDING PODCASTS ON iTUNES

Go to the iTunes Store and click on Podcasts at the top of the page.

The Podcasts Page. Library, iTunes Store, etc. on the left. Podcast featured selections in the center. A column of boxes of links is on the right side. The Podcasts Page. Library, iTunes Store, etc. on the left. Podcast featured selections in the center. A column of colletions of links on the right side.
 

Select one of the featured podcasts or choose a general topic from the lists on the right side. If you know the name of the podcast you want, enter it in the search box at the top.

Navigate to the section that interests you. Click on a collection of podcasts. (You can move backward by using Back in the Store menu at the top.)

To sample a podcast, hover over its number and it will turn into a blue icon. Click to start the audio.

 
The logo and title of
 

Hovering over the description brings up a detailed explanation.

You can get the whole podcast series by clicking the Subscribe Free button.

iTunes will install a folder on your podcast download page and begin to download the most recent file. All others will download when you click on the Get buttons. iTunes will look for the latest podcasts each time you open it.

 

AN EXAMPLE: LANGUAGE PODCASTS

Select Language Learning from the Podcast Quick Links in the right-hand column.

Podcast Quick Links list from the column on the right.

Which leads to:

Language Learning Podcasts page.

Clicking on SPANISH takes you to a page of podcasts. Click on Ben and Marina’s Notes in Spanish.

The logo and title of Notes in Spanish.

Clicking on the Learn Spanish title will take you to a list of their podcasts, where you can listen and subscribe.

The Learn Spanish: Notes in Spanish page with 30 podcast titles.

 

FINDING A PODCAST ON THE WEB

Use a search engine to locate the type of podcast you want. Most of the pages will have download links or buttons that will take you to a list or an app.

If there is an RSS button in the browser’s address bar, clicking on it will take you to a page with a list of that site's RSS feeds. (Not all feeds are for podcasts.)

 
example of an R S S in the address bar

 

MOVING PODCASTS

 

WITH iTUNES AND AN APPLE PLAYER

 

SYNCING

This is the easiest way to move podcasts between iTunes and an Apple player. Watch Syncing up an iPod with iTunes

 

DRAG-AND-DROP

Drag them to the Devices section. (You must first enable drag-and-drop by clicking the Summary button at the top of the iTunes page and selecting Manually manage music and videos.)

 
Arrows showing a folder being dragged from iTunes to a digital player's files in the Devices section in the left-hand column
 

WITHOUT AN APPLE PLAYER

 

FROM iTUNES

If you use iTunes to download podcasts, you should be able to drag-and-drop them into your (other-brand) player.

 

FROM A FOLDER ON YOUR COMPUTER

If you download directly to your computer, you should be able to drag them into your non-Apple player.

 
Arrows showing one file being dragged from iTunes and another from a folder on your computer to a digital player

 

REMOVING PODCASTS

 

FROM APPLE PLAYERS

Click on Podcasts in the Devices section of iTunes. Select the podcasts, tap the delete key, and empty the computer’s trash.

 
 

FROM OTHER PLAYERS

Usually just by dragging podcasts from the player to the computer’s trash, then emptying the trash.