Common Podcast Questions
What is a Podcast?
Think of a podcast as an online radio show. Each show consists of individual episodes that you can listen to in several ways - on your PC, using your MP3 player, or with a web browser.
You can listen to episodes one at a time (with your favorite MP3 software) or you can "subscribe" to the entire series using software on your computer. When you subscribe to a podcast, new shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer as they are published. If you have an MP3 player, the next time you sync your device, your podcasts will be downloaded for listening on the go.
BWD's podcast is free and anyone can subscribe to it using software applications like Apple's iTunes.
What's the difference between mp3 and m4a?
We offer two formats for our podcast: one in mp3 format, which is audio only, and one in m4a format, which includes audio plus images.
You may play the m4a files on your web browser (running them in an application such as QuickTime). If you own an iPod, you can download the m4a files through iTunes and play them on your iPod.
Do I need an iPod to listen to This Birding Life?
Not at all. Our podcasts are produced as mp3 files, the most universal format for listening on various devices. You can download individual podcasts and listen to them using almost any application: iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealAudio Player, WinAmp, and many others. If you prefer, you can burn it to a CD, so you can listen to episodes in your car or at home on your stereo.
Of course, portability is the name of the game, so the podcast works wonderfully on portable media devices like the iPod or other mp3 players - and now even on mobile phones!
How do I get the MP3 episodes, and what do I need to play them?
There are a number of ways to access MP3 episodes of This Birding Life:
How do I get the M4A episodes, and what do I need to play them?
There are a number of ways to access M4A episodes of This Birding Life:
I am currently subscribed to the MP3 version of This Birding Life and I want the M4A version instead. What do I do?
First, subscribe to the M4A version of This Birding Life. Once you are subscribed to both versions, you may keep both subscriptions, or you may drop your subscription to the MP3 version.