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Podcast – Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage

New to Podcasting?

What is a Podcast?

Welcome to Podcasting! Simply put, podcasts are radio shows that can be downloaded to your personal computer and listened to whenever you want. If you are interested in listening to Library and Archives Canada's podcasts, you can hear them on our website, or subscribe via RSS or iTunes enabling episodes to automatically download to your computer whenever new podcast episodes are available.

Once a podcast is on your computer, you can listen to it using your preferred media player, or transfer it to your mobile device.

How can I listen to a Podcast?

Download a Single Podcast

If you would like to listen to an individual podcast episode, find the episode you would like to hear and select "Download Podcast Now".

Before you begin downloading episodes you may want to create a folder on your desktop where you can save and store all of your "Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage" podcast episodes.

When you are ready to start downloading, select "Download Podcast Now" for the podcast episode you would like to save. A window will appear, giving you the option to open or save the file. Select "save" and then pick a location on your computer's hard drive where you would like to store your downloaded podcast episodes. Once you have chosen a location, the podcast will automatically download and be saved. When you are ready to listen to the podcast episode you have downloaded, double click the file to open the episode in your default media player, or right click the file and select "open with" to specify your preferred media player.

Subscribing to Our Podcast

By subscribing to our podcast, you will automatically receive new episodes when they become available online – and subscribing is free!

You can subscribe in one of two ways:

  1. Subscribe using iTunes

If you currently have iTunes installed on your computer, click the iTunes icon on any Library and Archives Canada Web page. ITunes will load, and from then on all new podcast episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account. Some browsers will ask you to first select the application on your system that you would like the podcast feed to load to. If you already have iTunes, it should be selected in the program list provided. If you do not see iTunes listed, but you do have iTunes, you will have to browse your system files to locate and select iTunes. Please note that selecting your Desktop shortcut to iTunes will not work. You must find the program in your program files.

If you do not already have iTunes, the "Subscribe with iTunes" link will not work. You can download iTunes for both Mac and PC here, [www.apple.com/ca/itunes/download].

  1. Subscribe using other podcast software

You can use other podcast software by copying the podcasts RSS feed, found by clicking on the RSS icon and copying the URL that appears in the new browser. Next, paste the copied URL into your podcast software's "add podcast" area.

What is RSS?

Rich Site Summary (RSS) or as some refer to it, Real Simple Syndication, is a useful tool for keeping up-to-date with your favourite websites. Updates to the site are broadcast to subscribers through an RSS feed. Sign up for an RSS feed and a message will appear in your feed reader every time new information is added to the relevant section from the Library and Archives Canada website. When an update is sent out, it includes a headline and a small amount of text–either a summary or a lead-in to the larger text.

RSS feeds have addresses similar to a website's, but you can't read the addresses directly with your browser. You'll view garbled text if you try, because they have a different format than Web pages. In order to receive RSS feeds, you must have an aggregator, otherwise called a feed reader. There are a number of free aggregators online, and with a little searching you will be able to find an interface that appeals to you. In addition to your computer, RSS feeds can also be read on PDAs and cell phones.

When you find a website you would like to add to your aggregator, you can do so in one of two ways. Most sites that offer an RSS feed have an RSS or ML button on their homepage that you can click on to instantly add that feed to your aggregator. Depending on your reader, you may instead need to copy and paste the URL of the feed into the program.

With either method, the feed will be available as soon as you've added it, and your next update could arrive at any given moment. If you decide that you no longer want to receive updates, simply delete the feed or URL from your aggregator.

Why use RSS?

Some people prefer to subscribe to Web updates via RSS and view them in a feed reader so that their email box doesn't fill up with mailing list messages. A feed reader allows you to subscribe to news, blogs and other frequently updated content and to view the new information at your convenience, separate from your inbox.

For more information on RSS, visit the Government of Canada's main RSS page [http://news.gc.ca/web/distributions-eng.do].