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How to Download a Podcast to Your iPod without iTunes

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 10/14/2010

If you like podcasts, then you want to get them on your iPod. But, what if you don't want to sync your iPod to your iTunes? Well, you don't need to. Learn how to download a podcast to your iPod without iTunes.

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    Introduction

    iTunes is great most of the time, but sometimes you don’t want to have to worry about having to go through the process of opening up iTunes and syncing your entire library. This is especially true if your iPod has music not currently stored in your iTunes library, and you don’t want to worry about doing this just now. You also may not want to sync your whole iTunes library if you are in a rush.

    But, what if you want to listen to a podcast? Do you still need to sync your iPod with iTunes? Actually, you don’t. You can download a podcast to your iPod without iTunes. You will, however, need a podcast manager to add a podcast to your iPod.

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    What is a Podcast?

    First of all, what is a podcast? A podcast allows you to listen to audio programs and discussions via the Internet. You can also download these programs to your phone, iPod and other mobile device. Generally, these podcasts are free, but you may have to subscribe to a certain website or feed to receive them.

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    gPodder

    Now that you know what a podcast is, it’s time to figure out how to get them. gPodder is a free podcast aggregator for most operating systems, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows. It is also compatible with most types of mobile phones and MP3 players, including the iPod.

    To use this system, you simply need to subscribe to the podcast that you want to listen to. You can search for podcasts using gPodder’s channel feature. With this feature, you will paste the URL for the podcast into the program.

    Then, select the podcast that you wish to download to your iPod, and then press the download button. This will add these podcast to your iPod podcast list, and your iPod will treat them as standard podcasts. This also allows you to use all of the standard iPod podcast functionality, including picking up exactly where you left off if you stop the podcast and cleaning up your podcast library. It also give you the ability to sync your podcast to your iPod.

    Before you can start using this program, you must download it to your computer. Just click on the Download button at the top of the website, and select your operating system. You need to sync this program with your iPod so you are going to have to plug in your iPod to your computer.

    If you don’t want to sync your whole iPod, click Ctrl + Shift in Windows and CMD + Options in Mac, and hold these buttons down. Only let them go when you are sure that your iTunes is not syncing with your iPod. Then, you can manually add the gPodder program to your iPod.






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