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What is a podcast?

A podcast is similar to a radio show that you can listen to on the Internet or on a portable music device like an iPod. podcasts are produced by individuals or organizations and made available as audio files. Like radio shows, podcasts have new episodes coming out all the time.

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How do I listen to a podcast?

You can listen to a podcast over the Internet (this is called "streaming") or download it to your PC or audio player to listen to it later. The ADA recommends you use a broadband connection when attempting to listen to podcasts as the audio files are quite large.

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How do I download a podcast?

To download an ADA podcast, you can simply click on the download link and choose to open it or save it to your computer. If you choose to open it, the podcast will open in your default audio application (iTunes, Windows Media, Quicktime, etc.) Alternatively, you can right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As..." (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As..." (Firefox). If you choose this method, you can save it to your computer and open it later with your preferred audio application.

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How do I subscribe to a podcast?

You can listen to podcast episodes individually or you can subscribe to a podcast "feed." When you subscribe to a podcast feed, new episodes are automatically downloaded to your computer. You can subscribe to a podcast by using podcast software like iTunes, Odeo, or iPodder. Subscription may be through podcast directories or by manually entering a podcast’s RSS feed URL onto the client.

The steps you go though when subscribing to a podcast will vary depending on your software. Unfortunately, the ADA can not support this process and you will need to rely on the manufacturer of your software. Below are some links to common podcast subscription software:

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I'm interested in doing a podcast for the ADA

If you are interested in working with the ADA to develop a podcast, please send an e-mail to podcast@ada.org.

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