Getting Started With Podcasts

What is Podcasting?

Podcasting is a method of receiving syndicated audio content, using the RSS 2.0 file format, at no cost. Once a provider serves the data as a Podcast feed, users can listen to it on their PC or Mac by using Podcasting software (see below.) Since Podcasts are MP3 audio files, you can transfer feeds to your MP3 Player.

What do I need to get started?
To listen to the syndicated feeds on your computer, you need to download Podcasting software. There are many free or commercial Podcasting applications available for download. Here are a few:

What do I need to listen to CBS News Podcasts?

You can listen or watch CBS News Podcasts by clicking on MP3/MP4 buttons next to the topic of your choice. The file will playback directly in the Web browser.

How do I subscribe to CBS News Podcasts?

To subscribe to CBS News Podcasts:

  1. On our main Podcast Page, locate POD button next to the podcast of your choice.
  2. Right-click on top of the button and "Copy Shortcut" (PC) or control-click and "Copy Link" (Mac) to copy the Podcast RSS link.
  3. Open the podcast reader of your choice and paste the URL into the reader (for example, in iTunes select "Subscribe to Podcast" under "Advanced" option in the top control bar.)

If you're interested in Podcasting and RSS feeds, also check out our free RSS service for receiving the latest news from