Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Learning curve

There I was, looking at all those interesting podcasts on the Mechon Hadar website, with absolutely no idea how to take a podcast from the Internet and download it onto my iPod. :( I couldn't find anything from Mechon Hadar in iTunes. Was there any way to download directly?

After several days of mumbling and cursing my fate as Ms. Tech-Challenged, I happened to be back on the Mechon Hadar website when I noticed a button that said, "Subcribe in iTunes." Hmm. What did I have to lose? But what, exactly, would subscribing to a podcast do? Would I end up with links in my inbox?

Meanwhile, as a person in my year of aveilut (mourning) for my father, I'm trying to avoid listening to music. But, since I was afraid that, if I didn't recharge my iPod, I'd have to download everything all over again next June, after my father's first yahrzeit (anniversary of death), I plugged the iPod into the computer. While I was there, I wandered around the iTunes window and decided to try searching for Mechon Hadar in the Podcast tab again. Lo and behold, I got a list of 140-something podcasts! Oh, so that's what happens when you subscribe to a (group of) podcast(s)!

But where's the Download button? When you buy something from the iTunes store, there's a Buy button, so why isn't there a Download button? Clicking the arrow just made the podcast play on my computer. I want to listen to these on the subway, not at home. Darn it, where's the Download button?!

For lack of an alternative, I clicked on the Free button. Several times. And ended up, much to my surprise, with over six hours worth of Niddah podcasts on my iPod. Eek! Okay, I now have about 15 Mechon Hadar podcasts downloaded. Now, if only I could figure out how to delete . . . not to mention when the heck I'm going to listen to this stuff, given that I still have books to read on my Nook.

Fortunately, I've made some progress since I wrote this--I've uploaded plenty of videos in the interim. But I still haven't figured out how to set up a new blogroll, though has been gone for months. I fear I'll always be technology-challenged. Sigh.



Anonymous shoshana (bershad) said...

You are SOOO ahead of me in tech-savviness! Yesterday, after a power outage, I tried to reset the time on my clock radio and couldn't find the "time" button. Looked everywhere. Finally decided to see what "fast" and "slow" would do, and ... the rest is history. Sometimes, you just have to fiddle around until there's nothing else left to try.

Thu Jul 28, 07:05:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Another member of the club. My condolences. :)

Actually, Shoshana, that's what my son says--he complains that I don't figure things out because I generally don't "fiddle around until there's nothing else left to try." I guess it's time for me to learn to play the violin. :)

Thu Jul 28, 09:53:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Miami Al said...

The whole point to a podcast is that you don't subscribe to it. Originally there were "podcatcher" programs, but once iTunes added it, that was that. Once you subscribe, it automatically grabs them for you. Each time you launch iTunes, it will grab all your subscribed podcasts.

Thu Jul 28, 10:39:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

So all I have to do is look for the "Subcribe in iTunes" button? I do hope it'll always be that simple.

Fri Jul 29, 09:35:00 AM 2011  

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