Podcast Catcher & Podcast Downloader

A Podcast is a radio show that can be downloaded from the Internet. Podcasts can be created by anybody from professional broadcasters such as the BBC, to an individual in their bedroom. They can be downloaded to a portable music player hence the name Podcast from iPod (though they will work on any MP3 player) or you can listen to them on your computer.

Most Podcasts are MP3 files and can be downloaded from the publishers website. If you listen to a lot of Podcasts software such as Podcatcher and Podcast Downloader can help you keep track of new episodes and download them automatically. You can listen to the current episode of a Podcast anytime you like, many publishers will also have an archive of past episodes available. You will also need a broadband internet connection to download Podcasts, as files tend to be quite large.

To receive new episodes as they become available you need to subscribe to a Podcast. The publisher will give you a link to copy and paste into your Podcatcher software.

Accessible Podcatcher and Podcast Downloader are two products designed to be accessible by sight impaired users using a screen reader. Both products come with the Webbie Accessible web browser and are available from http://tinyurl.com/2fgpho.

Although Podcatcher and Podcast Downloader are accessible, they are not self voicing. You will still need a screen reader both products work with the free Thunder Screen Reader.

Some Podcast Links

BBC Radio 4

Episodes from several radio 4 shows are available to download as podcasts. http://tinyurl.com/23ra9g

BBC Podcast Directory

Lists all podcasts available from all the BBC Radio stations. http://tinyurl.com/2d6srn

Frequencycast

Looks at what's new in Digital TV, Radio and technology in the UK http://tinyurl.com/243t7m

Telegraph News Podcast

The Telegraph Newspaper produces a daily podcast featuring selected stories from the newspaper http://tinyurl.com/la79z

Channel 4 News

News and features from channel 4 presented by John Snow. http://tinyurl.com/dxcwz

 

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