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Listening Through iTunes or an iPod

If you'd like to listen to Saint Anselm College podcasts on your iPod, we've provided some helpful information below on how to do just that.

Identify Your Version of iTunes
First, if you are using iTunes, you'll want to make sure that you have at least iTunes 4.9 installed on your computer. Versions 4.9 and above come with special podcasting features that allow you to subscribe to podcasts from within iTunes. To find out what version of iTunes you have installed, first open iTunes and go to Help > About iTunes. We encourage you to update to the latest version of iTunes to take full advantage of any new features.

We highly recommend that you read any documentation that came with your iPod or with iTunes. You can also visit the iTunes Podcast page at, which describes the process for subscribing to podcasts.

Subscribing to Podcasts Using iTunes
The advantage of using a podcatcher or podcast receiver like iTunes is that you can set it to automatically download all future podcasts for you. You no longer need to wait for your computer to download a podcast, since iTunes can do it for you at any time you specify. We describe how to do this below.

iTunes' Podcast Channel
When you open iTunes, you'll notice a channel called "Podcasts" (refer to 1 in graphic)  To subscribe to a podcast, you need to copy the Web address of the podcast's RSS feed. The last item in the URL should include an XML extension like nhiop.xml.

Copy the full URL from your Web browser. With "Podcasts" selected as your "Source" in iTunes, go to the menu Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast (see 2 in graphic).

A new "Subscribe to Podcast" window will open. Paste the URL you just copied from your browser into the new window (see 3 in graphic).

iTunes Podcast Panel

Setting iTunes and iPod Download Preferences
Once you subscribe to a podcast feed, you should then specify your settings or preferences on how podcasts should be downloaded. You can do this by clicking on the "Settings" button in the bottom right of your iTunes window or by selecting Edit > Preferences.

You can set iTunes to download podcasts manually, every hour, once per day, or once per week. You can also specify how new podcasts or "episodes" should be downloaded. You can download all available podcasts from a feed, only the most recent one, or specify that iTunes do nothing. Lastly, you can specify which podcasts to keep: all episodes, all unplayed episodes, only most recent episode, or just the last 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 episodes.

iTunes Settings Window

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