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How Much is that Podcast in the Window? (How and Where to Window Shop for Digital Media)

How does $FREE.99 sound? Most if not all, podcasts are free.

All podcasts on the iTunes Store are free…

NPR’s podcasts are free for you to use, but expensive to produce and serve…

The great news for you is, aside from the fees it costs each host to put up their content, that content is routinely shelved and housed in a plethora of places.

Where can podcasts be found and downloaded?

  •  iTunes is the preferred #1 software. Always has been…likely always will be. Why, well because it’s crazy simple that’s why.

Step one: Log into the iTunes store, underneath the Store subheading in the left column of the jukebox window; then select “Podcasts” from the menu bar along the top of the store.

Step two: Choose a subject. There are several ways you can seek out a topic you’ll like.

By use of the use the iTunes search box in the upper right-hand corner of the jukebox window, or for a more detailed search you can click on Power Search under Quick Links in the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes Store homepage. Power Search provides pull-down filters for category or language, as well as search boxes specific to podcast title, author or description. Once a search is performed, you can order your results by popularity by clicking on the column header titled “Popularity.”

Or by taking a look at the right side of the podcasts page on the iTunes Store. The Top Charts column displays the top 10 episodes and top 10 podcasts based on a combination of recent subscriptions, downloads and customer reviews.

Step three: Listen. If you like it, subscribe it to. Based on your update settings, whenever you log in iTunes will let you know if something new is available.

Easy peasy right?  It gets better.

If while surfing the web, you ever come across a podcast that you can’t find in the iTunes Store, here’s an easy way to subscribe to it anyway. From the Advanced menu, choose “Subscribe to Podcast…” and enter the podcast feed URL. iTunes will subscribe you to the podcasts and begin downloading immediately.

Source: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/

Now about this surfing the web other option. If we were at the mall iTunes might be a department store, at times mall customer service, but there are loads of other stores included.

  • Podcast Alley is the podcast lovers portal. Featuring the best Podcast Directory and the Top 10 podcasts, as voted on by the listeners.

You can click here for their top 50 rated podcasts on Podcast Alley as voted on by their listeners during September of 2012 for All genres. http://www.podcastalley.com/top_podcasts.php?num=50

  • Podcast.com claims domination on “the ultimate podcast selection.”  www.podcast.com

Are they worthy of the title? You be the judge.

  • Podcasting News’ Podcast Directory is the largest user-built directory of podcasts.


  • Blogtalkradio


  • Podsafe Music Network

Directory of new music and music podcasts. Lets artists share their music with podcast producers, and showcases new musicians.

  • Podcast.net
  • Podcast Pickle

Podcast and Vidcast community. Daily picks, forum, and Top 100.


  • Podcast Directory

Podcast listings from around the world. www.podcastdirectory.com

  • Podscope

Search engine that indexes podcasts. www.podscope.com

  • PodNova

Directory of podcasts, maintained by dozens of volunteers from around the world. www.podnova.com

  • Podfeed.net

Podcast directory that helps users find, subscribe, and listen to podcasts, or share their own podcasts and audio broadcasts online. www.podfeed.net

  • iPodder.org: Podcast Directory

A decentralized, categorized directory of links to podcast feeds.


  • Podcast Central

List of podcast RSS feeds. http://www.podcastcentral.com

  • Podcasting Station

Providing specific podcast feeds easily accessed by either searching or navigating the Podcasting Station directory. http://www.podcasting-station.com

  • Loomia

A place to share, discover, and manage podcasts. loomia.com

  • Podcast Shuffle

Contains a directory of programs, news, and a podcast shuffle feature. http://www.podcastshuffle.com

  • Teen Podcaster’s Network

Network of podcasts by and for teens, on topics like music, technology, news, games, and movies. http://www.teenpodcasters.com

  • My Podcast Center

Directory of podcasts and sites about podcasting. http://www.mypodcastcenter.com

  • Podcast SA

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    English: Podcast or podcasting icon Français : Icône pour les podcasts ou la baladodiffusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nonprofit, volunteer-run resource for podcasting in Southern Africa


So many podcasts…so little time.




About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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