RCPodCast.com is a collection of ongoing and informative mp3 shows where we talk about 3D, pattern and IMAC radio controlled aerobatics. In our shows we will discuss tips and techniques for advancing your skills at flying RC Aerobatics. We ask world class pilots the questions that you want answered.
Currently you can subscribe to all our pod-casts or just specific shows. For example, you can subscribe to our short RC Quick Tips where you will get a tip from a pro on a specific aerobatic maneuver or equipment setup. These shows are short and sweet and give you quick and useful information. They are great for those on a busy schedule. Usually these tips are the best excerpts from our full interviews with expert RC pilots around the world.
Of course you can subscribe to our full interviews as well. We plan to keep these interview shows between 20 to 30 minute in length. The perfect length to listen to while you are working out, driving to work or having lunch. We also have a short and quick electronics tips section to teach you how to get the most out of your gear. This is especially useful if you are new to electric powered RC. The best part is you can subsribe to only the shows you want to hear, or you can subscribe to all and listen to the ones that interest you the most.
So What is a Podcast?
If you are new to the concept of a podcast you will be pleasantly surprised to find out it is an old idea brought to you in a new and exciting way. A podcast, which is sometimes called a netcast, is much like an old fashion radio or even television show that does not get transmitted over the airwaves. Instead they are broadcast over the internet, and can be played on your computer, automobile, RV, portable mp3 player, or even many of today’s new smart-phones. Since they are all prerecorded shows, you can listen to them whenever you want. And thanks to small portable mp3 players you can play them wherever you want! There are millions of individual shows covering just about every topic from talk shows to music. An exciting world awaits you.
Originally the term podcast was derived from combining the name of a popular brand mp3 player, the iPod, and the word broadcasting. Since there are so many ways to listen to mp3 recordings and video file formats now, besides the iPod, many have suggested that podcast now stands for “Personal On Demand broadCAST“.
Mp3 players are found these days inside of phones, desktop, laptop, notebook computers, automobiles, trucks, boats and even small pocket portable devices that often come with ear-buds for private listening. This is the new way to listen to a wide selection of shows on your schedule. And just like radio, almost all podcasts are FREE. Usually they are paid for by advertising, just like radio.
So what do they mean by Subscribe?
Subscribing to a podcast simply means that you are using a little program or a web site that allows you to listen to all your favorite shows from one central place. It is much like having ‘TIVO’ via the internet. The difference is in most cases it is a prerecorded show. You don’t have to be listening when the show is first broadcast. Or the shows were prepared and recorded in a studio. These recordings are stored all over the internet. These programs check for the shows from the list of shows you have subscibed to. This makes it much more efficient than having to go check all the web sites that you like to listen to, one at a time to see if they have anything new. You simply check one place and if there are new shows you simply click on the show and start listening whenever you want.
As I mentioned before subscribing to a podcast in most cases is FREE. Some sites may ask for a donation, kind of like a tip jar, or they may have short advertisements in their show, or they are simply a free gift from a person with a passion for the topic that is covered. Very rarely does a subscription cost you anything. The only examples I am aware of are nationally syndicated radio broadcast shows, that archive their shows on the web via a paid membership.
A very popular, and possibly the up and coming way, to find out about our new shows, while you are on the web is to follow us on facebook or twitter. If you belong to these social networking sites, you will be alerted every time we publish something new. Then you can simply click on the link provided and play our show directly from our site.
There are many more applications that can better serve you to gather podcast shows for you. When you click on our subscribe button you will be given dozens of options. These are all programs that can accept and automatically subscribe to our feeds. “Feeds” are the standard method that podcasts, as well as blog, news and information sites, publish their content over the internet. Some of these programs need to be installed on your computer or smartphone, yet others are set up with a free account on the net. Some are a combination of both. There are two basic types of feeds on the internet and some feed readers work better for podcasts and some work better for printed information.
There are now more than 2,000 different feed reading applications out there. Pretty much all will work with podcasts since generally each podcast has a title and some written text in the form of “show notes”. This text usually describes the show and the topics that were covered. The audio or video portion of a podcast feed is where specialized feed readers come into the picture.
The feed readers that work best with podcasts are sometimes called “podcatchers” and the ones that work best for written text are called “news aggregators” Even your favorite web browser, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, will all collect feeds for you. Check the help section on your browser and you you can learn more on how to do that.
The most popular podcatcher style program is by far iTunes . With it you can search for podcasts, play and purchase music, CD’s and much more. Unfortunately if you want to use it with a portable MP3 player that is not an iPod then you need to add a third party application to transfer the podcasts to your device.
Other podcatcher style programs are Juice , iPodderX and Doppler, but there are many more. Online you can subscribe, read and play podcast feeds using Odeo, iGoogle, Google Reader, My Yahoo or My AOL. Online readers offers the convenience of having your podcasts ready for you, no matter whose computer you are on. Also there is nothing to install! Now if you want to download and install a “do it all” program on your computer, some of the popular programs are Newsgator,and Sharpreader. Perhaps the most convenient way to subscribe to podcasts is directly on your new internet enabled iPhone, Blackberry, Android and other smart-phones. Just search for “podcast” or “podcatcher” applications from your phone, download and install.
Lastly if None of these methods sound like something you want to bother with, you can select the email option on our subscribe button. Here you can enter your email address to be notified of our new shows. The bottom line is that the radio show availability is presented to you in one central place, so that you can listen to it, whenever you have time.
We hope you have fun listening to our podcasts and please contact us if you have questions about podcasting or RC questions that you would like answered on the show.