Frequently Asked Questions About RSS & Podcasts
RSS - "Really Simple Syndication" - is an automated way to receive notification when new content (such as videos, audio files, or headlines) is available. Notification is delivered to your prefered RSS reader or news aggregator.
What are podcasts?
Podcasts are specialized RSS feeds that allow you to have audio content automatically downloaded to your computer and/or MP3 player. Swarthmore offers several several types of podcasts - faculty lectures, music performances, and other featured events.
How Do I Subscribe to RSS or Podcasts?
In order to receive RSS content on your computer, you will need an RSS reader, feed reader, or news aggregator. Once you have one of these types of readers installed on your computer, you can simply subscribe to the RSS feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon below which then initiates the subscription process. Your RSS reader then regularly checks the feed for new content, downloading any updates that it finds. Most current web browsers allow you to subscribe to RSS feeds by simply clicking on the orange RSS icon and then following the on-screen instructions.
You can also receive the RSS content on your computer by using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browsers. All of these browsers have built RSS readers that allow you to view and subscribe directly through the browser application. To learn more about news readers and aggregators, visit this site.
Podcasting content can be received using the appropriate podcasting client like Apple's iTunes player (multiplatform), Microsoft's Zune Marketplace (Windows), or Juice (multiplatform). It is similar to RSS in that you can subscribe to the podcast feed and any new content generated by the feed will be sent automatically to your podcasting client.