Podcasting? Huh?

There are two basic ways to listen to Pseudopod or any other podcast:

  1. You can come to our Web site and click on any MP3 files you see there, and listen to them. Dirt simple, and you’ve probably already got all the tools you need. You just have to remember to keep coming back.

  2. You can subscribe to our RSS feed with a piece of software called a podcatcher. This is a little more complicated to set up, but easier once you’ve got it working.

A podcatcher is an RSS client that checks all your subscribed feeds on a regular basis (usually daily), and if it finds a new entry with a file enclosure, downloads it onto your system automatically. Most of them will also copy the file to iTunes (to sync with your iPod) or otherwise transfer the files to your MP3 player if you ask them. In essence, the podcatcher does your remembering and your file-clicking for you.

There are a lot of programs out there that handle podcasts, and more all the time. There’s a directory at iPodder.org if you want to try all of them. We don’t endorse any particular podcatcher, and we are not in the business of reviewing them. However, if you’re in a hurry, here are some of the most popular ones:

  • iTunes: Apple’s music software has podcast support built in. It’s available for Windows and Mac, and it’s free. And you don’t need an iPod (TM) — you can copy the mp3s to any player after it downloads them.

  • iPodder Lemon: Available for Win/Mac/Linux, and it’s free.

  • iPodderX: Mac only. Free to try, $15 to own.

  • Doppler: Windows only. Free.

  • FeedDemon: Windows only. $30. A general news aggregator that handles podcasts as a side feature.

  • jPodder: Win/Mac/Linux/etc. (Java based). Free.

Again, these are not necessarily the best clients out there (for any given definition of “best”); these are simply a few that we’ve heard mentioned frequently.