Since podcasts use the MP3 file format, a popular compressed format for audio files, you really just need a computer with headphones or speakers. iTunes, the free downloadable application created by Apple, is the directory finding service most associated with podcasts. But if you don’t have iTunes installed, there are still plenty of options. For this discovery exercise, participants are asked to take a look at some popular podcast directory tools. Do some exploring on your own and locate a podcast that is of interest to you. Once you find an interesting one, you can easily pull the RSS feed into your Bloglines so that when new casts become available, you’ll be automatically notified of their existence.
To find out more about podcasts start with the BBC Podcast Tutorial.
There are many, many podcast directories and finding tools out there. Here are just two of the more popular ones that, unlike iTunes, don't require a software download:
Take a look at one or two of the podcast directories listed and see if you can find a podcast that interests you. See if you can find some interesting, library-related podcasts like book review podcasts or library news.
Add the RSS feed for a podcast to your Bloglines account.
Create a blog post about your discovery process.