"Podcasting" is a way to get Ratbag Radio audio automatically downloaded to your computer or portable audio player. This is handy if you have a portable MP3 player or if you have a slow connection. Once you have things set up, you will always have access to the most recent audio , as MP3 files on your computer or portable device, ready for listening!
If you like to want to listen to Ratbag Radio, but you don't have time to wait for downloads, then this solution is for you. It grabs each broadcast for you, automatically. And, if you have a portable MP3-playing device and you're about to walk out the door, it's ready to go!
For more detailed history and discussion of pocasting, check out the following resources:
Podcasting Page at Wikipedia
Engadget.com (How to get Podcasts and also make your own)
iPodder.org - Information and links
or check out the extensive audio links DIY on the Life of Riley Blog page.
What's a Podcast?
You may have heard of the term "RSS" -- it stands for "Really Simple Syndication", and many recent web browsers like Mozilla FireFox have built-in support for RSS "Feeds". An RSS feed makes it easy for programs to check a web site and easliy find out when new stories or articles were published on a web site. A podcast is really an RSS feed that also contains information about an MP3 file that can be downloaded.
You need to install a podcast program on your computer, tell it about a podcast feed you want to subscribe to, and it will check to see when new information is available. When a new show is uploaded to the web site, the podcasting software will start downloading the MP3 file in the background to a directory.
Step 1: Get A Podcasting Program
To get started, you will need to install a podcasting program, a number of which are freely available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Step 2: Subscribe to the Ratbag Radio Podcast Feed
Once you have downloaded and installed a podcast program, you will need to add the Life of Riley podcast feed. The address for the LOR podcast feeds is:
Notes: You can right-click any of the links above and select "copy link location" or "copy shortcut". These links go directly to the XML file. If you click on them directly in your web browser, you may see the raw XML code. Please follow the instructions on this page to "subscribe" to the feed in your software of choice.
Step 3: Start downloading
Once you have subscribed to the Ratbag Radio podcast feed, you just need to tell the podcast software to start downloading. From then on, the program will occasionally check for new audio, and when available, it will download them.
If you have a portable MP3 player, you may need to tell your podcast program which one you use, or configure it to save the files in the correct directory.
Check the documentation or web site for your podcast software for details.
If you need help, plase email Dave Riley at email@example.com
Individual podcasts are listed in the blog with the "Listen" symbol. You can click on these to listen at any time.
and the podcast feed is appended to the page, and each post so:
the url for the podcast feed is always listed in the right hand column of the blog.
Ratbag Radio podcasts are also archived at various podcast directories you can visit on the web. There you can review , listen to past podcasts and subscribe, using the directory's feed if you wish.
Our favorite feeds are listed under the Podcast Directory.