Podcast Subscription Help

Using iTunes (or Similar Program) to Download/View Lectures

Note: This example uses the Firefox web browser and iTunes v8.2. You may use another browser or later version of iTunes; however, the wording from these examples may vary slightly.


  1. From your course media menu, right click the link that contains the media you wish to download and select “Copy link location” from the context menu that appears.

  2. Open iTunes and select “Subscribe to podcast” from the “Advanced “ menu at the top of the screen.

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  3. In the box that appears, right click and select “Paste” to copy the download link into the box.  The resulting string should end with a “.xml” extension.

  4. Once you click OK, the program will immediately attempt to download the most recent media file mentioned in the list. You can view this download by selecting the “Downloads” option that appears on the left side of the screen.

    Note: Downloadable video files are usually *VERY* large, and depending on your connection, may take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours to completely finish.

  5. You can view your subscription and all available media files by selecting the “As List” option from the “View” menu at the top of the screen.

  6. While viewing your subscription, you can download additional media by clicking each “Get” button next to the media file name.  Optionally, you may download everything you haven’t already viewed at once by clicking the “Get All” button at the top next to the main podcast title.

  7. To view any of your downloaded files directly from iTunes, simply double-click the file from within your podcast list and it will open within the program.
  8. By default, iTunes is set to check for updates to your subscription automatically every hour (as long as iTunes is open). To manually update the feed, right click the title of the podcast and select the “Update Podcast” option from the menu that appears.