How to Download Podcasts

Use iTunes to Get Free Radio and TV Shows

Physics podcast
"Minute Physics Video Podcast" (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

Podcasts are recorded shows, such as radio or TV programs, that you can download to your computer for free. If you are interested in following a particular show, then you can subscribe to it using iTunes and automatically receive new episodes as they become available. There are thousands of free Podcasts available in the iTunes Store, which cover many popular TV and radio shows around the world. This tutorial will show you how to download Podcasts using Apple's iTunes software, and how you can subscribe to your favorite shows so you never miss an episode.

How to Download Podcasts

Click on the iTunes Store link in the left pane and then click the Podcasts menu item on the main screen. Look at the Categories menu, and choose either audio Podcasts or video Podcasts. You can click on a Podcast thumbnail picture on the main screen for more information, or look at the Top 20 Podcasts on the right-hand side of the screen. If you're looking for a particular show, then click the Power Search option in the Quick Links menu. Once you have clicked on a show, you can download an episode by clicking the Get Episode button.

Subscribing to Podcasts

If you would like to follow a particular show by automatically receiving new episodes when they become available then you can subscribe. Using this option will make sure that you never miss an episode of your favorite show, and you can build up a permanent library to use at your own convenience. To subscribe, choose a show as in the previous step and click on the Subscribe button.

All available episodes and future ones will now be automatically downloaded to your iTunes Library.

Playing Podcasts in Your iTunes Library

The Podcasts that you have downloaded from the iTunes Store will be stored in your iTunes Library. To see a list of what you have downloaded, click on the Podcasts menu item in the left pane (under Library).

If you have subscribed to a show then the downloaded episodes will appear in bold. Double-click on an episode to access it directly in iTunes. If you decide at a later date that you no longer want to follow a show and receive free Podcast downloads then simply highlight the show in your library and click the Unsubscribe button at the bottom of the main window.

What You Need:

  • Apple iTunes Software 7+